As researchers continue to seek cures for chronic diseases that have a
high individual and social cost, they sometimes stumble on unexpected discoveries. For example, an international team of scientists recently found that treating periodontal disease can help lower blood sugar level.
The team - which was led by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and included experts from the Peninsula Dental School, the University of Ottawa and UCL Eastman Dental Institute - analyzed numerous studies and scientific papers, and concluded that treatment of periodontal disease benefited individuals with type 2 diabetes in terms of lowering their glucose levels. However, available evidence did not support a similar outcome in those who suffer from type 1 diabetes.
Cautioning that this is only a preliminary finding, David Moles, professor of oral health research at the Peninsula Dental School, said that the next step should be to conduct larger studies to determine the actual link between “dental treatment and its long term outcomes for those with diabetes, including the possibility of marrying dental care for diabetics with wider support and treatment networks and closer collaboration between doctors and dentists."
The results were recently published online in The Cochrane Library.