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Can biting your nails cause gum disease and diabetes?

Q: Can biting your nails cause gum disease and diabetes? A: Biting your nails can sometimes cause gum recession or clefting. I am not aware of any studies correlating diabetes with nail biting.

Posted in Diabetes, Gum Disease

More Severe Periodontal Disease Poses Additional Threat to Pregnant Diabetics

Pregnant diabetics have more gingival inflammation and deeper pockets between their teeth and gums, which are symptoms of periodontal disease, than non-diabetic pregnant women, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology. These findings are significant because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that may make diabetes more difficult to control. Previous studies have shown that periodontal disease may increase women’s risk of delivering a preterm, low birth weight baby.

Posted in Diabetes, Pregnancy

Controlled Diabetics Have New Reason to Smile

Diabetes has long been known to increase the risk of severe periodontal disease. A study released today in the November issue of the Journal of Periodontology found that poorly controlled type 2 diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease than well-controlled diabetics are. In addition, the study further explains why diabetics are more susceptible to severe periodontal disease.

Posted in Diabetes

Periodontal Therapy May Help Diabetic Patients Improve Sugar Control

Results of a new study support the hypothesis that periodontal therapy may improve metabolic control (lower HbA1c) in diabetic patients. This study appears in April’s issue of the Journal of Periodontology.

Posted in Diabetes

Periodontal Therapy Helps Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

When patients with Type 2 diabetes and periodontal disease receive periodontal therapy, they often experience a reduction in their levels of oxidative stress, a condition in which antioxidant levels are lower than normal. Patients’ stress levels after periodontal therapy were similar to those of nondiabetic patients, according to a new study that appeared in the November issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP).

Posted in Diabetes
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