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San Antonio part of gum disease study

from San Antonio Express-News

It's long been known that diabetes can lead to gum disease — one of a long list of possible complications. But can treating gum disease improve blood sugar control? Dentists say there's some evidence to think so. And now San Antonio and three other cities are taking part in a large, federally funded study to find out. A number of small and observational studies over the years have appeared to show that treating gum disease improves blood sugar in diabetes. But it's far from proven, said Dr. Thomas Oates, assistant dental dean for clinical research at the University of Texas Health Science Center. more

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