Type 2 Diabetes Helped by Healthy Teeth and Gums

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A study in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library and led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, suggests that the treatment of serious gum (periodontal) disease in diabetics with Type 2 diabetes may lower their blood sugar levels. Current belief is that, when bacteria infect the mouth and cause inflammation, the resulting chemical changes reduce the effectiveness of insulin produced in the body, thus making it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar. Good blood sugar control contributes to lowering the risk of serious complications linked to the condition, such as eye problems and heart disease. Another reason to take good care of your teeth and see your dentist regularly!! (Adapted from Science Daily)