Dental screening of individuals with severe gum disease could lead to type 2 diabetes being diagnosed earlier.
– Research has shown that people with severe gum disease are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
– Screening people at checkups could help identify those with pre-diabetes.
– The benefits would be two-fold as gum disease is difficult to manage in patients with poorly controlled diabetes.
“Targeted screening of individuals with worse gum disease could be a feasible way of picking up cases of diabetes at an early stage.”
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