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What is periodontal disease with diabetes?

Periodontal disease or severe gum disease is an inflammatory condition that can lead to destruction of the gum tissue and the bone that holds your teeth. Over time, chronic gum infections with diabetes may result in bad breath and bleeding when brushing or flossing the teeth. As the periodontal disease worsens, it can cause bone loss around the teeth and ultimately tooth loss. There are good ways to prevent or manage periodontal disease with diabetes. Taking care of your oral health daily and seeking regular treatment are two ways of self-managing this common problem.

Children and teens with diabetes have a higher risk for gum disease compared to those who do not have diabetes. That's why children and teens with diabetes should have regular dental visits to check for early, visible signs of gum disease. The dentist/hygienist will teach children and teens the facts about good oral care and explain how to brush and floss teeth properly. The dentist or dental hygienist will also explain what to check for each day to identify early signs of gum disease.

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