Studies have demonstrated an association between periodontal therapy and improved metabolic control in diabetic patients. This study supports findings related to this association.
Results of a new study support the hypothesis that periodontal therapy may improve metabolic control (lower HbA1c) in diabetic patients. This study appears in Aprils issue of the Journal of Periodontology.
The results suggest that periodontal therapy may reduce a diabetic patients HbA1c count by as much as 20 percent at three and six months following treatment. According to the American Diabetes Association, HbA1c provides patients with a picture of their average blood sugar changes in the past two to three months and gives them a good idea of how well their diabetes treatment plan is working. A healthy HbA1c count is between the ranges of 4.0 to 6.0.
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