Prevalence and severity of periodontal disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: a cross-sectional study


  • Micheline Sandini Trentin Universidade de Passo Fundo
  • João Paulo de Carli Universidade de Passo Fundo
  • Michele de Conto Ferreira Universidade de Passo Fundo
  • Diego José Gambin Universidade de Passo Fundo
  • Soluete Oliveira da Silva Universidade de Passo Fundo
  • Hugo Roberto Kurtz Lisboa Universidade de Passo Fundo



Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Periodontitis, Prevalence, PSR


This is a cross-sectional clinical study performed with type 2 diabetes mellitus patients and non-diabetic patients, in the city of Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil, which aimed to verify whether periodontal disease is more prevalent in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) patients. The study sample included 275 patients, wherein 117 were type 2 diabetes patients and 158 were non-diabetic patients, who were assessed between the years of 2007 and 2010. The inclusion criteria of the study were patients older than 35 years with DM2 diagnosed for more than one year through glycemia and glycosylated hemoglobin tests. The same criteria was used for the control group, except for the presence of diabetes. The participants were evaluated by students calibrated for the Periodontal Screening and Recording (PSR) index and through a questionnaire assessing age, gender, oral hygiene conditions, and medications of the patients. Generalized gingivitis was more prevalent in diabetic patients (p<0.001). The level of oral hygiene of the diabetic patients was considered fair and poor (p<0.001) when compared to the non-diabetic patients. More sextants with periodontal health were observed in non-diabetic patients (p<00.1) when compared to type 2 diabetes mellitus patients; tooth loss was also greater in DM2 patients. The study allowed concluding that DM2 patients presented higher prevalence of periodontal disease than the control group. The factors that might have influenced these results were systemic condition (DM2), level of oral hygiene, and age, which justifies the high rate of periodontal disease and tooth loss in these individuals.


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TRENTIN, M.S., CARLI, J.P. de, FERREIRA, M. de C., GAMBIN, D.J., DA SILVA, S.O. and LISBOA, H.R.K., 2018. Prevalence and severity of periodontal disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: a cross-sectional study . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 1114–1123. [Accessed26 February 2024]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v34n1a2018-41485. Available from:



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