Poor oral health habits can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar around the teeth and gums. This sticky film can lead to gum disease, which can be detrimental to the health of your entire body. Gum disease dangers include an increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease and even heart failure. Recent research also suggests that gum disease is especially dangerous for diabetics. There is a reciprocal relationship between the two diseases that puts diabetic patients who contract gum disease at risk of entering a downward spiral of poor health.
A Two-Way Street
While doctors have long known that diabetics have an increased risk of developing gum disease, they now know that gum disease can make controlling blood sugar more difficult, as well. Two important factors are at play here:
Protect Against Gum Disease
Because the diseases feed off of one another, it is important to keep both your blood sugar and your oral health in check. To guard against infection:
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