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How does periodontitis form in people with diabetes?

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If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, a more serious type of gum disease that erodes the bone and tissues that support your teeth. In the worst case scenario, you might lose your teeth.

If you don’t floss and brush regularly, bacteria and plaque can build up on your teeth. That causes your gums to pull away from them, creating pockets where bacteria dig in and wage war on more and more parts of your mouth, including bones.

From: How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mouth Healthy: "5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth."

American Diabetes Association: "Oral Health and Hygiene."

American Academy of Oral Medicine: "Diabetes Mellitus."

Sally Cram, DDS, consumer advisor, American Dental Association; periodontist, Washington, DC.

Harvard Medical School: "The aging mouth - and how to keep it younger."

Mouth Healthy: "Diabetes and Your Smile."

International Diabetes Federation: "Oral health for people with diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gum disease and plaque."

CDC: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Mouth Healthy: "5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth."

American Diabetes Association: "Oral Health and Hygiene."

American Academy of Oral Medicine: "Diabetes Mellitus."

Sally Cram, DDS, consumer advisor, American Dental Association; periodontist, Washington, DC.

Harvard Medical School: "The aging mouth - and how to keep it younger."

Mouth Healthy: "Diabetes and Your Smile."

International Diabetes Federation: "Oral health for people with diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gum disease and plaque."

CDC: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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