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Being diabetic, am I more susceptible to gum diseases?

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posted Jul 21, 2016 by Stacy

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Yes, like any other complication arising out of Diabetes, diseases related to oral health are also at the greater risk of happening. It is due to the following reasons:

1. Maintaining optimal sugar levels - When the levels of sugar are not controlled properly, the risk of developing gum disease is more than the people with no diabetes. The probability of them losing teeth is also more. 

2. Infections - Since most of the bacteria feed on sugar, the high availability of the same in the fluid of mouth provides a good environment for the bacteria to grow and proliferate. Thus, a thorough brushing and flossing regime is a must for a diabetic patient. If you are a smoker, of age 45 years or older, your risks are 20 times more than that of a person who is non-smoker/non-diabetic.

3. Blood vessel changes - Blood vessels are responsible providing oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. When their structure is tempered their ability to transport reduces, thus affecting the overall health of the mouth. Frequent washing of the mouth with antiseptic mouthwash can help reduce the further damage.

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answer Aug 8, 2016 by Kiran
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