Kids with Diabetes Prone to Gum Disease
New research has shown that gum disease and tooth loss can happen early in
life among children who have diabetes. Researchers looked at 182 children with
diabetes between the ages of 6 and 18 years old, and compared them with 160
children who did not have diabetes.
The children with diabetes had significantly more gum disease, and their teeth
showed evidence of what's called "attachment loss," meaning they were
beginning to become loose.
The study points out the extreme importance of routine visits to the dentist
among children who have diabetes. The earlier gum disease is detected, the more
likely it is that teeth will be saved.
Diabetes Care, February 2006