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Link Between Treating Gum Disease and Diabetes?

The BBC reports that dentists might be able to play an integral role in helping to control blood sugar levels by treating gum disease.  Edinburgh University scientists believe that the bacteria in the mouth, which increases inflammation, may inhibit insulin effectiveness, thereby increasing blood sugar levels.

Since over 24mm people (and growing) in the US have diabetes, this is a good fact to know since gum disease is a relatively easy condition to treat.  Further evidence to support the body's overall health in relation to oral hygiene.

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