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Can good oral hygeine help my blood sugar?

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People with uncontrolled diabetes often have gum disease. Having diabetes can make you less able to fight off infection, including gum infections that can lead to serious gum disease.

And some experts have found that if you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop more severe gum problems than someone without diabetes.

That, in turn, may make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

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