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Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2018 Dec;6(12):954-965. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(18)30038-X. Epub 2018 Oct 24.

Systemic effects of periodontitis treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes: a 12 month, single-centre, investigator-masked, randomised trial.

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1
Periodontology Unit, UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital, University College London, London, UK. Electronic address: f.daiuto@ucl.ac.uk.
2
Centre for Clinical Oral Research, Institute of Dentistry, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.
3
Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University College London, London, UK.
4
Periodontology Unit, UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital, University College London, London, UK.
5
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK.
6
Department of Endocrinology, University College London Hospitals, University College London, London, UK.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Chronic inflammation is believed to be a major mechanism underlying the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. Periodontitis is a cause of systemic inflammation. We aimed to assess the effects of periodontal treatment on glycaemic control in people with type 2 diabetes.

METHODS:

In this 12 month, single-centre, parallel-group, investigator-masked, randomised trial, we recruited patients with type 2 diabetes, moderate-to-severe periodontitis, and at least 15 teeth from four local hospitals and 15 medical or dental practices in the UK. We randomly assigned patients (1:1) using a computer-generated table to receive intensive periodontal treatment (IPT; whole mouth subgingival scaling, surgical periodontal therapy [if the participants showed good oral hygiene practice; otherwise dental cleaning again], and supportive periodontal therapy every 3 months until completion of the study) or control periodontal treatment (CPT; supra-gingival scaling and polishing at the same timepoints as in the IPT group). Treatment allocation included a process of minimisation in terms of diabetes onset, smoking status, sex, and periodontitis severity. Allocation to treatment was concealed in an opaque envelope and revealed to the clinician on the day of first treatment. With the exception of dental staff who performed the treatment and clinical examinations, all study investigators were masked to group allocation. The primary outcome was between-group difference in HbA1c at 12 months in the intention-to-treat population. This study is registered with the ISRCTN registry, number ISRCTN83229304.

FINDINGS:

Between Oct 1, 2008, and Oct 31, 2012, we randomly assigned 264 patients to IPT (n=133) or CPT (n=131), all of whom were included in the intention-to-treat population. At baseline, mean HbA1c was 8·1% (SD 1·7) in both groups. After 12 months, unadjusted mean HbA1c was 8·3% (SE 0·2) in the CPT group and 7·8% (0·2) in the IPT group; with adjustment for baseline HbA1c, age, sex, ethnicity, smoking status, duration of diabetes, and BMI, HbA1c was 0·6% (95% CI 0·3-0·9; p<0·0001) lower in the IPT group than in the CPT group. At least one adverse event was reported in 30 (23%) of 133 patients in the IPT group and 23 (18%) of 131 patients in the CPT group. Serious adverse events were reported in 11 (8%) patients in the IPT group, including one (1%) death, and 11 (8%) patients in the CPT group, including three (2%) deaths.

INTERPRETATION:

Compared with CPT, IPT reduced HbA1c in patients with type 2 diabetes and moderate-to-severe periodontitis after 12 months. These results suggest that routine oral health assessment and treatment of periodontitis could be important for effective management of type 2 diabetes.

FUNDING:

Diabetes UK and UK National Institute for Health Research.

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