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Increased Need for Routine Dental Care

separator Adults with diabetes are at higher risk of developing problems with their teeth and gums, but many of them do not get regular dental care.

A Finnish study of more than 250 adults with diabetes showed that only 63 percent of the participants had visited the dentist in the past year. And 20 percent of those people did so because of a dental emergency, not for a routine check-up and cleaning.

Some of the common dental problems for adults who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar include

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Fungal infections

Twice yearly visits to the dentist can help detect dental problems early.

Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, June 2002.
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