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Good dental health can impact diabetes, gum health
Updated: 3/17/2008 2:05:35 PM

People with diabetes are more likely to have poor gum health and are being urged to inform dentists of their condition so as to increase their likelihood of controlling the condition as well as to maintain the health of their gums and teeth.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there are links between poor gum health and periodontal disease, or inflammation of the gums, and diabetes.

In a recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), diabetic patients were found to be a key category in need of communicating better with their dentists, as poor gum health can signal advanced stages of diabetes and certain medications can interact with medications used by dentist practices.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claiming that more than 18 million Americans are considered to be diabetic since 2002, dentists believe that keeping up a healthy dental routine can have a significant impact on controlling diabetes.

Dr. Charles Martin, a Richmond, Virginia dentist, said: "The good news is that when you improve your dental health, your diabetic condition gets better, and as your diabetic condition gets better, your dental health improves and it becomes easier to fight off mouth infections."

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