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Dr. Lee Sheldon: Periodontal disease must be treated

from Florida Today

In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people ages 20 and older. The health of your gums can influence your diabetes status. So if you're one of the 33 percent of people who are either diabetic or prediabetic, this applies to you. We've known for years if you're diabetic, you have a greater likelihood of periodontitis, a disease that causes bone loss around your teeth, which if uncontrolled, can result in tooth loss. The more severe the diabetes, the more the severe the periodontitis. In two studies of a diabetic population, periodontal bone loss was from three to 11 times greater in that group than in the nondiabetic group. more

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