Gum (periodontal) disease can affect anyone and is common across the United States.
However, some people are more susceptible than others. Diabetics are a particularly at-risk group as their condition means they are more vulnerable to infection.
Researchers writing in the American Journal of Periodontology found that suffers of type-2 diabetes who do not have their condition under control are particularly prone to gum disease.
Meanwhile, diabetics with gum disease are five times as likely to die of kidney failure and two and a half times as likely to have a heart attack, News 4 reports.
It spoke to Dr Peter Ostrow, who suggested that flossing regularly is one of the main ways that everyone, including diabetics, can prevent periodontal disease.
Recently, researchers at Imperial College London found a link between gum disease and a significantly increased risk of cancer, in both smokers and non-smokers.
They analyzed data from more than 48,000 men in the United States, which showed that the cancer risk among non-smokers with a history of gum disease was 21 percent higher.
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