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Good dental care especially important for diabetics
Updated: 11/3/2009 5:00:31 PM

Good dental care especially important for diabetics The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) says it is especially important for diabetics to receive good dental care.

The IDF recently released new clinical guidelines that reinforce what prior research already suggested: that avoiding periodontal disease can help protect people from developing diabetes.

"Everyone should maintain healthy teeth and gums to avoid periodontal disease, but people with diabetes should pay extra attention," said Dr Samuel Low of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. "Periodontal disease triggers the body's inflammatory response which can affect insulin sensitivity and ultimately lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. Establishing routine periodontal care is one way to help keep diabetes under control."

There about 246 million people who have diabetes in the world. The American Dental Association (ADA) says other oral health problems like tooth decay and fungal infections are also associated with diabetes.

The ADA says brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing helps remove the plaque that can lead to oral hygiene issues. Seeing a dentist regularly is also important to maintaining good dental health.

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