Dentists at the Front Line in Diabetes Epidemic

Dentists at the Front Line in Diabetes Epidemic


Type 2 Diabetes Warning Signs

News Picture: Dentists at the Front Line in Diabetes EpidemicBy Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — You’d probably be surprised if your dentist said you might have type 2 diabetes. But new research finds that severe gum disease may be a sign the illness is present and undiagnosed.

The study found that nearly one in five people with severe gum disease (periodontitis) had type 2 diabetes and didn’t know it. The researchers said these findings suggest that the dentist’s office may be a good place for a prediabetes or type 2 diabetes screening.

“Be aware that worsened oral health — in particular, periodontitis — can be a sign of an underlying [condition], such as diabetes,” said study author Dr. Wijnand Teeuw. He’s the chief of the periodontology clinic at the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

“Early diagnosis and treatment of both periodontitis and