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Type: Journal article
Title: Dentists, diabetes and periodontitis
Author: Bjelland, S.
Bray, P.
Gupta, N.
Hirsch, R.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2002; 47(3):202-207
Publisher: Australian Dental Assn Inc
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0045-0421
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S Bjelland, P Bray, N Gupta and R Hirsh
Abstract: This review updates the relationship between diabetes mellitus and periodontitis. A checklist has been included to assist the general dental practitioner identify individuals with undiagnosed diabetes. The literature indicates a similar incidence of periodontitis exists between well-controlled diabetics and non-diabetics. However, a greater incidence and severity of periodontitis is observed in both Type 1 and 2 long-term diabetics with poor metabolic control. There is an undeniable link between diabetes mellitus and periodontitis with complex interactions occurring between these diseases. A critical review of the literature fails to support the notion that periodontal therapy has a beneficial effect on the long-term control of diabetes. We have explored the associations between periodontitis and diabetes in the hope of providing the general dental practitioner with the knowledge to support the diabetic patient with the best possible dental care and advice.
Keywords: Diabetes mellitus
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the Australian Dental Association (8th Jan 2008). An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2002.tb00329.x
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