From our Dental Elf: evidence of improved metabolic control in type 2 diabetes after treating periodontal disease

evidence of improved metabolic control in type 2 diabetes after treating periodontal disease

Clinical question:

In type 2 diabetes, does non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease lead to improved glycaemic control?

Methods:

An updated systematic review of randomised trials.

Results:

The review concluded there was evidence of a small reduction in HbA1c after treatment for gum disease.  However, the studies were of poor quality with some evidence of publication bias, so more research is needed to confirm this benefit.  In particular, we need studies with larger sample populations studied for a longer period.

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Douglas Badenoch
I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I've been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it.. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.

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