Diabetes and Gum Disease: The Connection
Diabetes increases the risk of developing gum disease — and gum disease can make diabetes much harder to control. The link between the conditions appears to concern inflammation in the body.
– Try to keep blood sugar under control to miminise oral bacteria.
– Schedule regular checkups with your dentist.
– Keep your mouth hydrated with water to help reduce oral bacteria.
Loss of teeth is a very real possibility if gum disease cannot be controlled.
“Diabetes also lowers your immunity, meaning you’re more susceptible to infection, such as that seen in gum disease.”
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