Two-way link between gum disease, diabetes

CHAIR of the Oral Health Committee Dr Peter Alldritt says there is increasing evidence showing a two-way relationship between gum disease and diabetes.

With two million Australians at high risk of type 2 diabetes, Mr Alldritt said poorly controlled diabetes increases the severity of gum disease, while advanced gum disease makes control of blood sugar levels more difficult.

"On a positive note, people with well-controlled blood sugar levels have the same risk of gum disease as people without diabetes," Dr Alldritt said.

Diabetes Australia's new prevention campaign urges all Australians to check if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes, he added.

"Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in up to 58% of cases through early detection and lifestyle modification," he said.

It is important patients with diabetes inform their dentist.



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