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Experts encourage diabetics to be aware of the cleanliness of their mouths
Updated: 11/1/2010 5:00:20 PM

Experts encourage diabetics to be aware of the cleanliness of their mouths There are many ways in which individuals may prevent the development of oral problems, such as gum disease. While previous studies have shown that diabetics are susceptible to developing gum disease, groups are urging these individuals to pay closer attention to their dental health.

For National Diabetes Month, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is encouraging those with diabetes to take better care of their mouths. E. Mac Edington, spokesperson for AGD, said that "people who receive good dental care and have good insulin control typically have a better chance at avoiding gum disease."

The experts suggest that a diabetic's gums are at greater risk for gingivitis compared to the general public and that these individuals should be constantly aware of their blood sugar levels. This is because the body's resistance to infection is reduced by diabetes.

Edington added that diabetics should talk to their dentists "about the possibility of receiving dental treatment beyond routine checkups and cleanings" if they have trouble managing their diabetes.

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