Preventing, treating gum disease in people with diabetes
Diabetes can result in heart disease and strokes, but many of us don't know that it can be a risk factor for a severe gum condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is a deep infection of the gums, close to where teeth enter the jawbone. The gums get so inflamed that they can bleed with just a touch. It's genetic and only about ten percent of Americans will get it. But if someone has diabetes, their risk for periodontitis goes way up. Thirty-four year old Kimberly McCleese has mobile, or loose, teeth. It's most likely due to periodontitis. McCleese has diabetes, which can make it worse. Her mother suffered, too.
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