Gum Disease and Diabetes Risk

An overwhelming majority of people who have periodontal (gum) disease are also at high risk for diabetes and should have screening for diabetes.nA recent study showed that 93% of subjects who had gum disease were at high risk for diabetes compared to 63% of subjects without the disease.nThe study recommended diabetes screening for people over 45 years of age who have a body mass index (BMI measuring weight and height) of 25 or more and for people under 45 with a BMI of 25 or more and one additional risk factor. The study can be found in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

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  • An interesting and informative post. Dental health is an important part of your overall body health. It’s necessary to take good care of your teeth and gums to prevent cavities and gum disease. With proper preventative care, such as regular check-ups, brushing, flossing, fluoridation, and dental sealants, the risk of dental disease can be greatly reduced.


  • Time and time again, patients need to be reminded of how their oral health affects their overall health. They need to understand that by neglecting to practice oral hygiene and not visiting their dentist cal lead to serious complications in the body.

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