Science has proven a two-way relationship between diabetes and gum disease. Looking after your gums can actually improve your diabetes control, and vice versa. Patients who get their gums cleaned regularly every 3-6 months can actually improve their diabetes control so much so that getting a regular clean by the dentist is the equivalent to taking on another dose of diabetic medication.
According to Journal of Clinical Periodontally 2013 Consensus Report, there is consistent and robust evidence that severe periodontitis (gum disease involving bone loss around the teeth), adversely affects blood glucose levels expressed as HbA1C in individuals with and without diabetes. Moderate-to-severe periodontitis is associated with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. Evidence supports a dose-dependent role for periodontitis and diabetes complications.
Reference: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
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