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Periodontal (gum) disease is a recognized complication of diabetes.
Beyond the fact that people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from periodontal disease, some studies point to a bi-directional relationship between the two diseases. They suggest that the presence of periodontal disease makes diabetes harder to control.
Oral health topic leader Mary Otto provides some background on the relationship between the diseases, the body's response and other conditions that research is pursuing.
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