Patients with a long-term history of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) carried Candida albicans in their dental root canals more frequently when they have a primary endodontic infection, according to data published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. The presence of C albicans also appeared to be related to a higher frequency of apical periodontitis.

Researchers conducted a cross-sectional study in 60 patients with an established diagnosis of T2D and 60 control participants who did not have diabetes received clinical examinations and radiographic analysis to establish a periapical index score (PAI). Root canal samples were also taken and polymerase chain reaction testing was used to identify C albicans.

 

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