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Gum Disease Treatment May Not Help Lower Blood Sugar

Chronic gum disease has been previously linked to several illnesses, including diabetes. But a new study in JAMA has found that treating gum disease may have no effect on lowering blood sugar or diabetes control, Bloomberg News reports. Researchers assigned 257 diabetics to “receive treatment including scaling, root planing and an oral rinse, plus additional therapy three months and six months later” and 257 to receive no treatment. Results showed that the oral treatment had no effect on blood sugar levels in either group at either time point.

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in JAMA.