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Gum Disease and Diabetes

Gum Disease and Diabetes

Gum disease is an inflammatory infection from germs in and around the gums and surrounding bone in the oral cavity. Periodontitis is a slow, long process involving the loss of bone that supports teeth and surrounding gum or gingiva. It is estimated that over 50% of adult Americans have some form of periodontal disease. The important new finding is that gum disease may raise blood sugar levels in people with and without diabetes.

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