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Periodontitis May Signal Diabetes

A recently published study from the Academic Center for Dentistry has suggested that serious cases of periodontitis could be an early sign of diabetes. Periodontitis, also called pyorrhoea or gum disease, is an inflammatory disease affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth and, if left untreated, can lead to loosening and loss of teeth. It is already well known that diabetes sufferers are prone to periodontitis but, for others, the build up of plaque is the main cause and can be largely avoided.

– Smoking. The more you smoke, the greater the build-up of plaque and the higher the risk of periodontitis. Quit if possible and regain that bright smile!

– Diet. A poor diet lacking in vitamin C can cause scurvy and bleeding gums which is nothing to smile about at the best of times.

– Disease. Not just those with diabetes are prone to periodontitis. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are also susceptible to the disease. Always let your dentist know of any existing illnesses.

Having periodontitis doesn’t automatically mean you have diabetes. Early detection is vital and as author and dentist Dr. Teeuw stated in the report “the dental clinic might be a suitable location” for screening.

More detailed information can be found in the original article at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/876533.