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Diabetes & Gum Disease

For diabetic patients, the struggle to keep healthy is a constant battle. So if you are diabetic, it is important that you realize that you may be at increased risk of gum disease. This adds serious gum disease to the list of other complicationsharmful effects of diabetes such as damage to the eyes, heart, blood vessels, nervous system, teeth and gums, feet and skin, or kidneys. Studies show that keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels close to normal can help prevent or delay these problems. associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, strokecondition caused by damage to blood vessels in the brain; may cause loss of ability to speak or to move parts of the body.X and kidney disease. But gum disease is definitely one of the easiest complications to manage.

Gum disease needs to be controlled as it can have the potential to affect blood glucose control and may contribute to the progression of diabetes. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection and have decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade gums.  

What is the answer?

The solution is simple: if you have diabetes, you cannot afford to neglect your oral health. Brushing twice daily and flossing daily is essential to maintaining healthy gums. See your dentist for regular 6 monthly checkups and have professional dental hygienist scale and cleans every four to six months so that the tougher build-ups of calculus and tartar can be removed.

 Author: Sophia Wotherspoon

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