A new study has suggested that children with diabetes may develop their permanent teeth earlier than usual, which could lead to dental problems.
Researchers from Columbia University Medial Center found that ten to 14-year-olds with diabetes typically grew their permanent teeth before their peers, Diabetes Health reports.
This can increase the risk of misaligned or "crowded" teeth, which is both unsightly and makes it hard to clean teeth and gums properly.
Dr Shantanu Lal, who said the research, told Reuters that the findings underscore the importance of regular dental check-ups for children with diabetes.
He suggested that gum inflammation, which is more common in diabetes sufferers, may be the reason for earlier adult tooth growth.
This is because gum inflammation may diminish the mass of the bones supporting the teeth, thereby shortening the distance that developing teeth have to progress through the gums.
Previous research has also highlighted a link between gum disease and diabetes in adults.
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