HbA1c indicates glycated hemoglobin; NSAID, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
aDefined as participants needing treatment of extensive tooth decay, tooth abscesses, or other oral infections.
bFollowing their 6-month visit, participants in the control group were offered scaling and root planing. Two hundred twenty-nine participants received periodontal therapy after the 6-month visit; 7 refused periodontal therapy.
Error bars indicate ±2 SEs. P values comparing 6-month change in HbA1c levels between the 2 treatment groups were based on t tests from linear regression models, with 6-month change in HbA1c level as a dependent variable and treatment group and clinical site as covariates.
Error bars indicate ±2 SEs. P values comparing 6-month changes in periodontal outcomes between the 2 treatment groups were based on t tests from linear regression models, with 6-month periodontal change as a dependent variable and treatment group and clinical site as covariates.
eTable 1. 6-month Change in HbA1c by Levels of Response to Periodontal Therapy in the Treatment Group and the Control Group (Per Protocol)
eTable 2. 3-month and 6-month Change in Clinical Measurements of Periodontitis by Treatment Group (Per Protocol)
eTable 3. 3-month and 6-month Change in Weight, Blood Pressures, Fasting Glucose, Fasting Insulin, HOMA2 Insulin Sensitivity (%S), and HOMA2 ß-cell function (%ß) by Treatment Group (Per Protocol)
Engebretson SP, Hyman LG, Michalowicz BS, Schoenfeld ER, Gelato MC, Hou W, Seaquist ER, Reddy MS, Lewis CE, Oates TW, Tripathy D, Katancik JA, Orlander PR, Paquette DW, Hanson NQ, Tsai MY. The Effect of Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy on Hemoglobin A1c Levels in Persons With Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic PeriodontitisA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2013;310(23):2523-2532. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282431
Chronic periodontitis, a destructive inflammatory disorder of the supporting structures of the teeth, is prevalent in patients with diabetes. Limited evidence suggests that periodontal therapy may improve glycemic control.
To determine if nonsurgical periodontal treatment reduces levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in persons with type 2 diabetes and moderate to advanced chronic periodontitis.
Design, Setting, and Participants
The Diabetes and Periodontal Therapy Trial (DPTT), a 6-month, single-masked, multicenter, randomized clinical trial. Participants had type 2 diabetes, were taking stable doses of medications, had HbA1c levels between 7% and less than 9%, and untreated chronic periodontitis. Five hundred fourteen participants were enrolled between November 2009 and March 2012 from diabetes and dental clinics and communities affiliated with 5 academic medical centers.
The treatment group (n = 257) received scaling and root planing plus chlorhexidine oral rinse at baseline and supportive periodontal therapy at 3 and 6 months. The control group (n = 257) received no treatment for 6 months.
Main Outcomes and Measures
Difference in change in HbA1c level from baseline between groups at 6 months. Secondary outcomes included changes in probing pocket depths, clinical attachment loss, bleeding on probing, gingival index, fasting glucose level, and Homeostasis Model Assessment (HOMA2) score.
Enrollment was stopped early because of futility. At 6 months, mean HbA1c levels in the periodontal therapy group increased 0.17% (SD, 1.0), compared with 0.11% (SD, 1.0) in the control group, with no significant difference between groups based on a linear regression model adjusting for clinical site (mean difference, −0.05% [95% CI, −0.23% to 0.12%]; P = .55). Periodontal measures improved in the treatment group compared with the control group at 6 months, with adjusted between-group differences of 0.28 mm (95% CI, 0.18 to 0.37) for probing depth, 0.25 mm (95% CI, 0.14 to 0.36) for clinical attachment loss, 13.1% (95% CI, 8.1% to 18.1%) for bleeding on probing, and 0.27 (95% CI, 0.17 to 0.37) for gingival index (P < .001 for all).
Conclusions and Relevance
Nonsurgical periodontal therapy did not improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes and moderate to advanced chronic periodontitis. These findings do not support the use of nonsurgical periodontal treatment in patients with diabetes for the purpose of lowering levels of HbA1c.
clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00997178
Emerging evidence implicates inflammation in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.1,2 Chronic periodontitis, a destructive inflammatory disorder of the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth,3 is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.4 Nearly half of the US population older than 30 years is estimated to have chronic periodontitis, with 38% having moderate or advanced disease.5 Individuals with diabetes are at greater risk for incident and prevalent chronic periodontitis and have more severe chronic periodontitis than individuals without diabetes.6- 10 Well-controlled diabetes is associated with less severe chronic periodontitis and a lower risk for progression of periodontitis,8,11,12 suggesting that level of glycemia is an important mediator of the relationship between diabetes and risk of chronic periodontitis. Evidence that chronic periodontitis is in the causal pathway of diabetes, however, is observational, limited, and inconsistent.
Several small interventional studies have suggested that treatment of chronic periodontitis may improve metabolic control of patients with diabetes. A meta-analysis of these clinical trials13 found a nonsignificant weighted average decrease of 0.38% (95% CI, −1.5% to 0.7%) in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels 3 months after periodontal therapy. A subsequent trial by Jones et al14 involving 165 participants resulted in a 0.65% mean nonsignificant reduction in HbA1c levels 4 months after periodontal therapy, but that study was underpowered.
Therefore, the Diabetes and Periodontal Therapy Trial (DPTT) was designed to determine whether nonsurgical periodontal therapy (scaling and root planing and supportive periodontal therapy), compared with no therapy, reduces HbA1c levels at 6 months in persons with type 2 diabetes and moderate to advanced chronic periodontitis.
The DPTT was a single-masked, multicenter, randomized clinical trial that enrolled participants from outpatient medical and dental clinics and communities of 5 academic medical centers in the United States. A more detailed description of the methods and rationale for the DPTT has been published elsewhere.15 The study protocol was approved by the institutional review boards at each participating center, and all participants provided written informed consent. An independent data and safety monitoring board reviewed the safety data throughout the trial.
Participants were recruited between November 2009 and March 2012. Men and women 35 years and older were eligible if they had physician-diagnosed type 2 diabetes of more than 3 months’ duration, had an HbA1c value between 7.0% and less than 9.0% at screening, had reported no changes in diabetes medications within the last 3 months, were in the care of a physician for their diabetes, agreed to not change diabetes medications during the trial unless medically indicated, and agreed to avoid pregnancy during the trial. Participants required a diagnosis of moderate to advanced chronic periodontitis, defined as clinical attachment loss and probing depth of at least 5 mm in 2 or more quadrants of the mouth,16 a minimum of 16 natural teeth, and no periodontal treatment in the prior 6 months. Radiographs were used to confirm a diagnosis of chronic periodontitis. Participants needing treatment of extensive tooth decay, tooth abscesses, or other oral infection, such as teeth needing root canal therapy, were excluded. Additional exclusion criteria included limited life expectancy, diabetes-related emergency within 30 days, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs other than daily low-dose aspirin (75-325 mg), use of immunosuppressive medications, antibiotic use (>7 days within 30 days of enrollment), dialysis, risk of bleeding complications, or heavy alcohol consumption (>3 drinks/d for men and >2 drinks/d for women).
Data were collected by trained and certified study personnel; periodontal examiners were also calibrated before examining participants and annually thereafter.17 Study personnel recorded medical history, medication use, demographics, and lifestyle information. Race/ethnicity was self-reported using multiple-choice questions according to categories specified by the National Institutes of Health. Participants were allowed to provide options not included in the administered questions. Height, weight, and blood pressure were measured in duplicate. The oral examination included probing depth, clinical attachment loss, and bleeding on probing from 6 locations around each tooth, as well as plaque score and gingival index18 from 6 index teeth.
Recruitment occurred during diabetes or dental care visits or by referral from community medical practices or local advertisements. Potential participants were screened for periodontitis and HbA1c level. Eligible individuals were randomized using a permuted-block randomization scheme, stratified by clinical site, with block sizes of 2, 4, or 6.
Fasting venous blood samples were collected prior to periodontal measures or therapy. Fresh whole-blood samples were refrigerated and sent on ice within 4 days to the study’s core laboratory (University of Minnesota) for analysis of HbA1c levels by high-performance liquid chromatography (Tosoh HPLC G7 Glycohemoglobin Analyzer, Tosoh Medics Inc). Serum and plasma aliquots were snap frozen and shipped on dry ice for analysis of levels of lipids, creatinine, and fasting glucose by enzymatic methods using a Roche Chemistry Analyzer (Roche Diagnostics Corp) and analysis of insulin levels by sandwich immunoassay using a Roche Elecsys 2010 Analyzer (Roche Diagnostics Corp). Homeostasis Model Assessment (HOMA2) scores were calculated from fasting glucose and insulin values of noninsulin users using the HOMA2 Calculator version 2.2 (available at http://www.dtu.ox.ac.uk/index.php?maindoc=/homa/).
Initial treatment consisted of at least 160 minutes of scaling and root planing using curettes and ultrasonic instruments with local anesthesia during 2 or more sessions completed within 42 days of the baseline visit.15 Completeness of therapy was assessed by the study therapist and confirmed by a study periodontist. After treatment, the therapist provided oral hygiene instructions and dispensed chlorhexidine gluconate (0.12% oral rinse, twice daily for 2 weeks), toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. Three and 6 months after the baseline visit, participants in the treatment group received oral hygiene instructions and scaling and root planing for approximately 1 hour during a single session. Participants in the control group received only oral hygiene instructions at the baseline and 3- and 6-month visits. Following their 6-month visit, control group participants were offered scaling and root planing.
The primary study outcome was change in HbA1c levels from baseline to 6 months. Secondary outcomes included change in 3-month HbA1c levels and change in 3- and 6-month fasting glucose levels, HOMA2 scores, and clinical measures of chronic periodontitis. Change in diabetes medications at 3 and 6 months and the need for periodontal rescue therapy and diabetes rescue therapy were evaluated as safety outcomes. A change in medication was defined as more than 2-fold change in dosage for a hyperglycemic drug, more than 10% change in dosage for insulin, or addition or subtraction of an oral hyperglycemic agent or insulin.
Oral symptoms were recorded 2 weeks following treatment (treatment group) or baseline for the control group. Rescue therapy was administered to any participant who experienced progressive periodontitis.15 After the trial, participants were referred for follow-up periodontal care or additional treatment as needed.
Periodontal examiners and laboratory personnel who performed the HbA1c analyses were masked to treatment group assignment.
Sample size was estimated assuming a 0.6% (SD, 2%)19 or greater reduction in HbA1c level from baseline to 6 months in the treatment group compared with the control group. Based on a 2-tailed, 2-sample t test and .05 type I error, a sample size of 468 participants was required to achieve 90% power. Assuming an attrition rate of 20%, the planned sample size was 600 participants (300 in each treatment group).
Baseline characteristics were summarized using means (SDs), medians (interquartile ranges), or both for continuous variables and using frequencies (percentages) for categorical variables. Mean periodontal measures (and changes) were computed as a per-person average and averaged across participants within each treatment group. Between-group baseline comparisons were based on 2-sample t tests or Wilcoxon Mann-Whitney tests for continuous variables and on χ2 tests for categorical variables.
The primary outcome, change in HbA1c level, was analyzed using the intention-to-treat principle using linear extrapolation with multiple imputation to impute missing 6-month HbA1c values. A sensitivity analysis using different approaches including no imputation, last observation carried forward, and multiple imputation showed similar results for the primary outcome and the treatment effect. The primary efficacy analysis was performed using linear regression models to evaluate 6-month change in HbA1c level (follow-up − baseline) as the dependent variable, with treatment group as the independent factor (between-group difference defined as control − treatment) and clinical site as a covariate. Homogeneity of clinical site was evaluated using the F test based on a linear regression model. The secondary efficacy analysis used linear regression models that included selected baseline variables as covariates, eg, HbA1c level, sex, age, race/ethnicity, smoking status, body mass index, use of diabetes medication, and duration of diabetes, to evaluate main effects of covariates; interactions with treatment group were tested using F tests.
A per-protocol analysis based on data available both at baseline and the 6-month visit was also performed without imputation. Subgroup analyses were preplanned for sex and race/ethnicity. Additional post hoc subgroup analyses were also conducted. Between-group comparisons in changes of 3-month HbA1c levels and additional secondary outcomes (periodontal measurements [probing depth, clinical attachment loss, bleeding on probing, gingival index, and plaque score], fasting glucose level, fasting insulin level, HOMA2 insulin resistance, and HOMA2 β-cell function), weight, and blood pressure at the 3- and 6-month visits also used linear regression models.
P values less than .05 were adjusted for multiple comparisons using Bonferroni correction. All statistical analyses were performed using SAS version 9.3 (SAS Institute Inc).
One futility analysis was planned after the first 300 participants completed their 6-month visit. Stopping guidelines were based on a 2-sided, independent t test and predetermined conditional power threshhold.20
1756 individuals were screened and 514 were randomized between November 2009 and March 2012 (Figure 1), at which time enrollment was stopped because of futility. The guidelines for terminating DPTT for futility were based on a primary conditional power threshold of 40% and required an observed interim test statistic less than −0.12. Because the futility analysis t test statistic for the primary outcome was −0.37, the data and safety monitoring board recommended cessation of recruitment and continued follow-up of enrolled participants.
Of the 514 participants randomized, 476 (93%) completed the study, with similar retention in the treatment (240/257) and control (236/257) groups. Baseline characteristics were similar between groups and were reflective of individuals with type 2 diabetes and periodontitis (Table 1). Of the 514 randomized participants, 244 (47%) used oral hypoglycemic agents alone, 80 (16%) used insulin alone, and 179 (35%) used both. Only 11 (2%) were not taking diabetes medications.
Levels of HbA1c did not change significantly between baseline and the 3-month or 6-month visits in either the treatment or the control group (Figure 2 and Table 2), and the target 6-month reduction of HbA1c level of 0.6% or greater was not achieved. In the intention-to-treat analysis of the primary outcome based on a linear regression model including clinical site as a covariate, change in HbA1c levels at 6 months did not differ significantly between the treatment and control groups (adjusted 6-month treatment effect, −0.05% [95% CI, −0.23% to 0.12%]; P = .55). Three-month results were similar. No significant differences in HbA1c levels across centers were found (P = .44 [intention to treat] and P = .59 [per protocol], based on an F test for homogeneity from the linear regression model).
Similar to the intention-to-treat analysis, a per-protocol linear regression analysis evaluating change in HbA1c levels also did not reveal between-group differences in HbA1c values at 6 months (adjusted treatment effect, −0.07% [95% CI, −0.26% to 0.13%]); P = .50) (Table 2). Results at 3 months were also similar.
Using linear regression models, all periodontal clinical parameters improved significantly at 3 months and were sustained at 6 months in the treatment group but not in the control group (Figure 3 and eTable 2 in Supplement). At 6 months, mean probing depth improved by 0.4 mm (95% CI, 0.4 to 0.5) in the treatment group compared with 0.1 mm (95% CI, 0.1 to 0.2) in the control group (adjusted between-group difference, 0.3 mm [95% CI, 0.2 to 0.4]; Bonferroni-corrected P < .001). In the treatment group, mean bleeding with probing decreased by 19.0% (95% CI, 15.7% to 22.4%), compared with 5.9% (95% CI, 2.3% to 9.6%) in the control group (adjusted between-group difference, 13.1% [95% CI, 8.1% to 18.1%]; Bonferroni-corrected P < .001). Clinical attachment loss and gingival index measures also improved more in the treatment group compared with the control group (adjusted between-group differences, 0.2 mm [95% CI, 0.1 to 0.4] and 0.3 mm [95% CI, 0.2 to 0.4], respectively; P < .001 for both). A post hoc subgroup comparison of treatment groups by response tertiles likewise revealed no significant between-group differences in change in HbA1c levels at any point (eTable 1 in Supplement).
Changes in blood pressure, weight, fasting glucose level, fasting insulin level, HOMA2 sensitivity (%s), and HOMA2 β-cell function (%β) are summarized in eTable 3 in Supplement. All of these measurements remained stable during follow-up, with no significant differences between groups. Of the 462 participants with medication data available at all study visits, 128 of 233 (55%) in the treatment group and 137 of 229 (60%) in the control group had no protocol-defined changes in diabetes medications during the study.
The DPTT was a low-risk study, and no study-related serious adverse events occurred. Two weeks after completion of treatment or baseline, the treatment group experienced more soreness, tenderness, or pain than the controls (102/254 [40.2%] and 72/257 [28.1%], respectively; P = .004 by χ2 test), and more thermal sensitivity (81/254 [31.9%] vs 47/257 [18.3%], respectively; P < .001 by χ2 test). These symptoms are commonly reported following scaling and root planing.14 Few participants (4/241 in the treatment group and 5/236 in the control group) required generalized periodontal rescue therapy during the study.
The DPTT is to our knowledge the largest multicenter randomized clinical trial to investigate the effect of periodontal therapy on measures of glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic periodontitis. Despite its effectiveness in improving clinical measures of periodontitis, periodontal therapy did not significantly change HbA1c levels after 3 or 6 months in the treatment group, and no differences in changes in HbA1c levels were observed between the treatment and control groups. Findings were similar in the intention-to-treat and the per-protocol analyses. Likewise, periodontal therapy had no significant effect on fasting glucose levels or HOMA2 scores. Current treatment guidelines21,22 do not include periodontal therapy as a means of achieving glycemic control, and the results of our study support those treatment guidelines. However, although not specifically evaluated in our study, periodontal therapy may be considered in patients with diabetes for reasons other than glycemic control, such as for benefits to tooth retention and masticatory function.
These results are in contrast to recently published meta-analyses that showed a modest (−0.36% [95% CI, −0.54% to −0.19%) but significant reduction in HbA1c levels following periodontal therapy.23 A number of features of the present study may account for these differences. First, all previous trials were small, whereas the DPTT had greater than 90% power to detect a clinically meaningful 0.6% between-group difference in change of HbA1c level from baseline, even with early cessation of trial enrollment. Second, our trial enrolled participants who were under the care of a physician for their diabetes and who were within a range of HbA1c values that would be less likely to trigger a change in medications during the study period. The DPTT enrollment criteria excluded individuals who had experienced a recent change in hypoglycemic medications, and we monitored changes of hypoglycemic medication and insulin during the study period. Changes in diabetes medications during the DPTT were similar between treatment groups and may in part account for the absence of differences in HbA1c outcome. This aspect of the DPTT study design was critical, because medications may have profound short-term influence on HbA1c levels and have not been adequately documented in previous studies. Third, meta-analyses of small trials have been reported to be subject to high false-positive rates.24- 26 Fourth, it is possible that periodontal inflammation and infection do not influence glycemic control. Indeed, the results of this trial indicate that glycemic control worsened, although not significantly, 6 months after study therapy.
The largest previous trial of periodontal treatment and glycemic control (n = 157) reported a statistically significant 0.36% reduction in HbA1c levels in the treatment group compared with the control group after 3 months.27 Another study including 132 male Veterans Administration participants14 failed to demonstrate a positive effect on glycemic control. The results of the DPTT are consistent with those from the latter study.
Possible limitations of the DPTT study should be considered. Our periodontal treatment did not include systemic or topical antibiotics, and no participants were treated surgically because of the difficulties of standardizing a surgical protocol. Systemic antibiotics were not used so as not to confound the effects of the study intervention. However, a recent study that administered systemic antibiotics in addition to scaling and root planing in patients with the metabolic syndrome likewise did not achieve an improvement in glycemic control.28 Although probing depths and clinical attachment levels were significantly improved in the treatment group, improvements in plaque and bleeding scores were only modest and indicate that changing oral hygiene habits remains a challenge. A subgroup comparison by tertiles of response, however, did not reveal differences in HbA1c levels even among participants with the largest improvements in periodontal parameters. Because DPTT participants were enrolled with HbA1c levels between 7% and less than 9%, we cannot rule out the possibility that individuals with values outside of this range might experience HbA1c reduction following periodontal treatment.
The DPTT does, however, have a number of strengths. The sample size was sufficient to ensure adequate statistical power to detect a meaningful clinical difference in HbA1c level. The study population was geographically and ethnically diverse, increasing generalizability of the results. A thorough screening and enrollment process ensured that participants met eligibility criteria and retention was high, with 93% of participants completing the trial. Changes in diabetes medications were monitored during follow-up. Periodontal treatment was conducted under supervision, averaging 190 minutes of treatment per individual, and resulted in a positive effect on clinical measures of periodontitis among participants in the treatment group. The magnitude of clinical change achieved was consistent with results from other multicenter trials of nonsurgical therapy in populations without diabetes.29,30 The DPTT core laboratory responsible for the centralized analysis of blood samples is a reference laboratory for the analysis of HbA1c values in North America.31
This multicenter randomized clinical trial of nonsurgical periodontal treatment for participants with type 2 diabetes and chronic periodontitis did not demonstrate a benefit for measures of glycemic control. Although periodontal treatment improved clinical measures of chronic periodontitis in patients with diabetes, the findings do not support the use of nonsurgical periodontal treatment for the purpose of lowering levels of HbA1c.
Corresponding Author: Steven P. Engebretson, DMD, MS, MS, Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry, 345 E 24th St, 3W, New York, NY 10010 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Author Contributions: Drs Engebretson and Hyman had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Engebretson, Hyman, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Seaquist, Oates.
Acquisition of data: Engebretson, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Gelato, Seaquist, Reddy, Lewis, Oates, Tripathy, Orlander, Paquette, Hanson, Tsai.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Engebretson, Hyman, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Gelato, Hou, Seaquist, Reddy, Oates, Katancik, Orlander.
Drafting of the manuscript: Engebretson, Hyman, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Gelato.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Engebretson, Hyman, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Hou, Seaquist, Reddy, Lewis, Oates, Tripathy, Katancik, Orlander, Paquette, Hanson, Tsai.
Statistical analysis: Hyman, Schoenfeld, Hou.
Obtained funding: Engebretson, Hyman, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Oates, Katancik.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Engebretson, Hyman, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Gelato, Seaquist, Lewis, Oates, Tripathy, Katancik, Orlander.
Study supervision: Engebretson, Hyman, Michalowicz, Schoenfeld, Gelato, Seaquist, Reddy, Oates, Katancik, Paquette.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest. Dr Gelato reported receiving travel/meeting expenses from the Endocrine Society. Dr Seaquist reported serving as a board member and President Elect of Science and Medicine for the American Diabetes Association; serving as a consultant for AMG Medical, sanofi-aventis, SkyePharma, and Merck; receiving grants or grants pending from the American Diabetes Association, Eli Lilly, and the National Institutes of Health; and receiving payment for lectures from the Japan Diabetes Society, the American Diabetes Association, Intellyst Medical Education, Pediatric Academic Societies, the Association of Specialty Professors, and the International Society for Neurochemistry. Dr Lewis reported receiving a grant or grant pending from Novo Nordisk. Dr Katancik reported serving as a consultant for the Texas Healthy Baby Initiative 2011 and receiving a grant or grant pending, and travel/meeting expenses, from Zimmer Dental. Dr Paquette reported serving as a board member for Colgate-Palmolive; receiving a speakers honorarium from Colgate-Palmolive; and serving as a consultant for MIS Implant Technologies.
Funding/Support: The DPTT study was funded through cooperative agreements grants UO1 DE018902 (Dr Engebretson) and U01 DE018886 (Dr Hyman) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health.
Role of the Sponsor: The National Institutes of Health had no role in the design and conduct of the study; the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
DPTT Study Group: Stony Brook University: Steven Engebretson, DMD, MS, MS (study chair); Marie Gelato, MD (diabetes consultant); Baljit Moonga, PhD (assistant to study chair [7/2008-3/2010]); Ruth Tenzler, RN, BSN, CCRC (assistant to study chair [4/2010-present]). Coordinating Center: Stony Brook University Medical Center: Leslie Hyman, PhD (principal investigator [PI]); Elinor Schoenfeld, PhD (co-PI); Li Ming Dong, PhD, (lead biostatistician [7/2009-6/2010]); Melissa Fazzari, PhD (lead biostatistician [5/2011-5/2012]); Wei Hou, PhD (lead biostatistician [11/2012-present]); Gail Lerner, MS (data analyst [1/2010-1/2013]); Hao Chen, PhD candidate (student data analysis [1/2012-present]); Soyoun Lee, PhD candidate (student data analysis [11/2012-present]); Colette Knuth, PhD (study coordinator [3/2009-8/2010]); Jayme Mendelsohn, MA (data entry [9/2009-12/2010]); Gabriel Pietrzak, MPH (study coordinator [12/2010-11/2011]); Catherine Hytner, BA (assistant study coordinator [5/2011-1/2013]); Lisa Snelling, BA (assistant study coordinator [8/2011-5/2013]); Sakeena Ahmed (data entry [1/2009-8/2010]); Maria Rodriguez (data entry [7/2008-12/2012]); Michael Merin (data entry [9/2010-4/2011]); Joanna Merin (data entry [3/2011-6/2012]); Leanne Merill, MA (data entry [11/2011-6/2013]); Lydia Seib, AAS (administrative assistant [8/2008-present]). Clinical Centers:University of Alabama at Birmingham: Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc (PI); Cora Lewis, MD, MSPH (diabetologist); Nicolaas Geurs, DDS, MS (masked periodontal examiner); Phillip Vassilopoulos, DDS (backup masked examiner); Adrian Abrahams, DMD (study therapist [8/2009-6/2011]); Jennifer Doobrow, DMD (study therapist [8/2009-7/2010]); Maria Geisinger, DDS, MS (study therapist and phlebotmist); Simha Kukunooru (study therapist [8/2009-7/2010]); Curry Leavitt, DMD (study therapist [8/2009-7/2010]); Juan Pardo, DDS (study therapist [8/2009-6/2011]); Ramzi Abou Arraj, DDS (study therapist); Anothy Reganato (study therapist [8/2009-7/2010]); Kristi Simmons, DMD (study therapist [8/2009-6/2011]); Erik Unger, DDS (study therapist [8/2009-6/2011]); Jennifer Bain, DMD (study therapist); Kathleen Beaudry, DMD (study therapist [10/2009-8/2012]); Michael Nguyen, DDS (study therapist [2/2010-6/2012]); Ruben Sauceda, DDS (study therapist [11/2010-6/2012]); Jared Bauerle, DMD (study therapist [3/2011-present]); Michael Madigan, DMD (study therapist [3/2011-6/2013]); Thanos Ntounis, DDS (periodontal resident [3/2011-6/2013]); Maninder Kaur, BDS, MS (clinical research assistant [5/2011-6/2013]); Alvin Stevens, DMD (study therapist [7/2011-present]); Susanna Goggin, DMD (study therapist [10/2011-present]); Lillie Pitman, DMD (study therapist [10/2011-present]); Kyle Trammel, DMD (study therapist [10/2011-6/2013]); C. Peterson (study therapist [1/2012-present]); Sandra Haigh, BS, MS (study coordinator); Javetta Jackson (study/clinic coordinator [8/2009-4/2011]); Erin Finch, BSN (study coordinator/administrator [10/2011-4/2012]); Sheila Akers (assistant clinical coordinator); Vivian Stoyanova Grant (study/clinic coordinator [3/2011-5/2012]); Sushma Acharya, BDS (assistant clinical coordinator [4/2011-8/2011]); Stephanie McLean, MS (study coordinator [10/2011-present]); Janet Turman, BS (recruiter); Jackie Roche (recruiter [2/2010-3/2012]); Charlotte Bragg, BA, MS, RD (recruiter [8/2009-10/2010]); Rupa Rajanna, BDS (assistant clinic coordinator [8/2009-8/2010]); Elizabeth Bolton (administrative assistant). University of Minnesota/Hennepen County Medical Center (HCMC): Bryan Michalowicz, DDS (PI); Anthony DiAngelis, DMD, MPH (PI-HCMC); Elizabeth Seaquist, MD (diabetologist PI); Judy Danielson, RDH (masked periodontal examiner); Pat Lenton, RDH, BS, MA (recruiter/retention backup study therapist); Larry Wolff, DSS, PhD (backup examiner [2/2010-present]); Pamela Thibado, RDH (treatment/recruiter 2/2010-9/2012]); Satya Molletti (dentist/therapist [4/2010-11/2012]); Leslie Long-Simpson (study coordinator); Yolanda Okorocha, LPN (study recruiter/clinic coordinator/blood draw); Brian Hadfield (assistant clinical coordinator/blood draw/processing); Lindsay Bartels (recruiter [5/2010-5/2012]); Carol Dunn (dental assistant); Kelly Meyer, RDH (treatment/recruitment [10/2009-6/2010]); Kristina Reibel, RDH (recruiter [10/2009-5/2010]); Andi Jordan, RDH (recruiter [5/2010-12/2010]); R. Hedge (6/2010-5/2011); Ophelia Herrera (interpreter/interviewer [8/2010-2/2011]); E. Romero (2/2011-3/2011); Suban Mohamed (recruiter [7/2011-11/2012]); Cyndee Stull, BS (recruiter [10/2011-12/2011]). University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Thomas Oates, DMD, PhD (PI); Devjit Tripathy, MD (diabetologist); Peggy Alexander, DDS (masked examiner); David Lasho; DDSM, MSD (masked periodontal examiner); H. Gregory (10/2010-12/2010); Guy Huynh-Ba, DMD (therapist [9/2010-4/2013]); Jo Ann Jordan, RDH (study coordinator); Sandra Pena (3/2010-4/2013); Cassandra Pacheco-Vera, DA (research assistant [8/2011-4/2013]); Ashley Munoz (dental assistant, blood processing and shipping [1/2010-5/2011]). Stony Brook University (site became active 9/2010): David Paquette, DMD, MPH, DMSc (PI [10/2011-present]); Steven Engebretson, DMD, MS, MS (PI [9/2010-10/2011]); Marie Gelato, MD (diabetes consultant); Chindanout (Tok) Sayasith, RDH, BSDH (masked periodontal examiner); Ying Gu, DDS (backup masked examiner [2/2011-12/2012]); Anita Roth, RDH, BSDH (study therapist/recruiter); Alice Urbankova, DDS, MUDr (study therapist); Maria Ryan, DDS, PhD (study therapist/recruiter [10/2011-12/2012]); Janet Tuthill, RDH, MA (study therapist [12/2011-12/2012]); Jill Hughes, DC, BS (study coordinator); Suman Grewal, PhD (blood processing and measurement/data recording); RuthTenzler, RN, BSN, CCRC (backup study/clinical coordinator/study phlebotomist); Bahar Houshmand, DDS, MS (blood processing and measurement/data recording [10/2011-6/2012]); Vincent Iacono, DMD (periodontal consultant [4/2011-12/2012]). University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (site became active 8/2011): James Katancik, DDS, PhD (PI [8/2011-6/2012]); Bing-Yan Wang, DDS, MS, PhD (PI [8/2012-4/2013]); Phillip Orlander, MD (diabetes investigator); Sridhar Eswaran, BDS,MS (masked periodontal examiner); Kavitha Parthasarathy, BDS, MS (masked periodontal examiner); Robin Weltman, DDS, MS (masked examiner); Meggan Wehmeyer, DDS (study therapist); Ali Arastu, DMD (3/2012-4/2013); Rosemary Thomas, DMD (3/2012-4/2013); Janelle Headley, RN (study/clinic coordinator); Adriana Cavender, BA/Registered Dental Assistant (study/clinic coordinator); Nathaniel J. Harrison, BSN (recruiter); T. Dancsak (12/2011-4/2013); Matt Galpin (Medical Assistant through the military [4/2012-4/2013]); Monika Ruscheinksy, MS, CPhT (study/clinic coordinator [4/2012-4/2013]). University of Minnesota Core Laboratory: Michael Tsai, PhD (PI); Naomi Hanson, MS, CLS, (NCA), MT (ASCP) (laboratory coordinator/technical supervisor); Maren Nowicki, CLS (technical supervisor); Van H. Le, CLS (clinical laboratory scientist). Executive Committee: Steven Engebretson, DMD, MS, MS (chair); Leslie Hyman, PhD; MarieGelato, MD; Bryan Michalowicz, DDS; Holli Hamilton, MD, MPH (ex officio); Jane Atkinson, DDS (ex officio). Steering Committee: Steven Engebretson, DMD (chair); Leslie Hyman, PhD; Marie Gelato, MD; Bryan Michalowicz, DDS; Holli Hamilton, MD (ex officio); Jane Atkinson, DDS (ex officio); Elinor Schoenfeld, PhD; Li Ming Dong, PhD; Melissa Fazzari, PhD; Wei Hou, PhD; Elizabeth Seaquist, MD; Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc; Cora Lewis; Thomas Oates; Devjit Tripathy; MD, James Katancik, DDS, PhD; Bing-Yan Wang, DDS, MS, PhD; Phillip Orlander, MD.
Additional Contributions: We wish to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals to the DPTT study: Data and Safety Monitoring Board: John C. Gunsolley, DDS, MS, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry(chair); Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, FRCP, Tulane University Health Sciences Center; Judith A. Jones, DDS, MPH, DScD, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine; Daniel F. Heitjan, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School Of Medicine; James B. Meigs, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School; Jane C. Atkinson, DDS, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (ex officio); and Holli Hamilton, MD, MPH, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH (ex officio). Members of the data and safety monitoring board, except ex officio members, were compensated for their participation.