Treating Periodontitis In Patients With Diabetes May Reduce Tooth Loss, Microvascular Diseases

HealthDay reported a new study found that “providing nonsurgical periodontal treatment to patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and periodontitis may significantly reduce tooth loss and diabetes-related microvascular diseases via improved glycemic control.” In the study, researchers “built a microsimulation model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of expanding periodontal treatment coverage →

Researchers May Have Discovered Mechanism Connecting Periodontal Disease, Other Inflammatory Conditions

University of Toronto may have found “the mechanism of action” connecting “periodontal disease and certain inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.” The researchers suggest the connection may be “rooted in a hyperactive immune response.” The findings were published in the Journal of Dental Research. The University of Toronto →

Pandemic-Related Stress May Be Affecting Oral Health

Noting that “reports of a huge spike in cracked teeth have received national media attention in recent days,” USA Today (9/11, Shannon) said some dentists say they are seeing signs the coronavirus pandemic may be affecting oral health in additional ways, with some observing that they are treating more patients →

Chewing Sugarless Gum May Help Prevent Tooth Decay, Review Finds

The Press Trust of India reports a systematic review suggests that chewing sugarless gum may “reduce the advancement of dental caries” and “be used as a viable preventative agent.” The researchers analyzed “12 studies published in the past 50 years which explored the impact and intervention outcome of chewing sugar-free →

Survey Suggests People With Diabetes Seek Empathy, Personalized Care

Medwire News reported that in a survey involving 1,190 people with diabetes, researchers discovered several areas where respondents “wished for greater knowledge or different behavior from their healthcare providers.” For instance, “the respondents often felt that their healthcare providers had an incomplete understanding of the barriers they faced when managing →

Study Suggests Inflammation May Be Common Link Between Obesity, Gum Disease

Case Western Reserve University’s (OH) The Daily states that in a review of existing studies, researchers found “data showing increased body mass index, waist circumference and percentage of body fat to be associated with an increased risk to develop gum disease.” The researchers “concluded that changes in body chemistry affect metabolism, →