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Dentists and doctors have long known that diabetes is associated with an increased risk of a number of dental health issues. However, a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive suggests that many diabetics may not be aware of this fact. According to the survey, 36 percent of respondents did not know that they had an increased risk of developing tooth decay or other oral health problems, even though 54 percent were already exhibiting signs of gum disease.
"People with diabetes are at a greater risk for gum disease because they are more susceptible to bacterial infection due to their condition," said Natalie Strand, M.D., who also has diabetes.
These findings suggest that there needs to be more campaigns to spread awareness of the connection between diabetes and dental health. It's also important for doctors and dentists to make sure that their diabetic patients understand that they have to pay especially close attention to their dental health.
Brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly should help diabetics prevent gum disease.
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