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10 Diabetes Long-Term Effects Seniors May Get

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9. Dental Problems

People with diabetes are more likely to develop serious oral and dental health issues. The more uncontrolled the blood sugar, the higher the risk of dental and oral health problems.

This happens because uncontrolled diabetes impairs the function and quantity of white blood cells, which are the body’s major line of defense against infections that can develop in the mouth. In the long run, untreated plaque can result in tooth decay, periodontitis, gum disease (gingivitis), and even tooth loss.

So make sure you watch out for any signs of gum problems, including bleeding, swollen, or tender gums. Whether you have diabetes or not, it’s important to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash daily. Don’t forget to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to prevent serious dental issues.

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