Gum disease and diabetes are both chronic diseases that become more common as people get older. About 80% of people aged over 35 suffer from some kind of gum problem and about 7% of the population suffers from diabetes, although in many cases this goes undiagnosed.
There is a two-way relationship between gum disease and diabetes. This means that people with gum disease have a higher risk of diabetes and people with diabetes are three times more likely to develop gum disease.
On top of that, controlling diabetes is more complicated when a patient also has gum disease, and people who have both diabetes and gum disease are at greater risk of suffering some severe medical complications – including cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and retinopathy – than people who have diabetes alone.
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