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Steven P Engebretson, Leslie G Hyman, Bryan S Michalowicz, Elinor R Schoenfeld, Marie C Gelato, Wei Hou, Elizabeth R Seaquist, Michael S Reddy, Cora E Lewis, Thomas W Oates, Devjit Tripathy, James A Katancik, Philip R Orlander, David W Paquette, Naomi Q Hanson, Michael Y Tsai
IMPORTANCE: Chronic periodontitis, a destructive inflammatory disorder of the supporting structures of the teeth, is prevalent in patients with diabetes. Limited evidence suggests that periodontal therapy may improve glycemic control. OBJECTIVE: To determine if nonsurgical periodontal treatment reduces levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in persons with type 2 diabetes and moderate to advanced chronic periodontitis. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: The Diabetes and Periodontal Therapy Trial (DPTT), a 6-month, single-masked, multicenter, randomized clinical trial...
December 18, 2013: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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