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How often should I have a dental check up if I am over 50 with diabetes and why?

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Don’t neglect your mouth. When you have diabetes, you’re at greater risk of gum disease -- and it's even more likely when your blood sugar is out of whack. Even if you have it under control through brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, you should still see your dentist for checkups to make sure your mouth remains healthy.

From: Getting Older? Get These Tests WebMD Medical Reference

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Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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