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Diabetes
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

People with diabetes, especially whose blood sugar levels are poorly controlled, are more likely to get gum infection (periodontitis). Gum infection destroys the bone and ligament, which hold the teeth in place, resulting in tooth loss if not treated.


What is diabetes?

Diabetes is the increase of the blood glucose over the normal level caused by an absolute deficiency of the secretion of insulin.

Diabetes and gum disease.

People with diabetes, especially whose blood sugar levels are poorly controlled, are more likely to get gum infection (periodontitis). Gum infection destroys the bone and ligament, which hold the teeth in place, resulting in tooth loss if not treated.

How to protect your teeth and gums from diabetes.

Prevention is sound advice for diabetic and diabetic patients alike. There are some tips that you need to follow for good oral care:

  • Have your blood sugar under control.
  • Brushing is an important step in plaque removal.
  • Flossing is also important in removing plaque from between teeth.
  • Occasionally you need to check on how well you are doing in removing plaque. You can check by using a special solution that is available in liquid or tablet form, at the dental office or the pharmacy, which will stain any remaining plaque and show you the areas that you missed.
  • Regular dental check-ups at least every 6 months.
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