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Posted on: February 28, 2016
The Double Danger of Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
If you’re one of the nearly 30 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, it’s critical that you know about your risk of dental problems.
Get a Closer Look at the Link Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
According to recent research, people with diabetes have a much higher prevalence of all types of gum disease, from the mildest form called gingivitis to the most severe kind known as periodontal disease. While this study addressed the link between diabetes and periodontal disease, diabetics also tend to suffer from other dental problems like oral thrush infections, tooth decay, and dry mouth.
Why You May Face Double the Trouble
If these findings about diabetes and teeth weren’t frightening enough, other research suggests that the risk is reciprocal. In addition to diabetics being more than twice as likely to develop periodontal disease, advanced gum disease also worsens diabetes by making blood sugar levels much harder to control.
Healthy Tips to Protect Your Dental and Overall Health
Now that you understand that diabetes and oral health problems often go hand-in-hand, you must take precautions to protect yourself from problems with diabetes and teeth. Health experts recommend these five important steps:
- Keep your blood sugar level under control.
- Practice proper oral hygiene at home.
- Get professional checkups and cleanings every six months, or more often if you suffer from diabetes and oral health problems.
- If you have dentures, be sure to clean them daily.
- Don’t smoke.
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