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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.

It has been well established clinically that people with diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, have more periodontal (gum) disease. Gum treatments can help control diabetes. Controlling blood sugar levels through diet and nutrition, medication as needed, supplements and proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits will reduce the long-term risks and harm of diabetes, which include kidney, eye, stroke and heart disease, and neurological issues.

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