Diabetic men have been found in a recent study to be more likely to lose their teeth compared to those without the disease.
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The 2 year study which was carried out in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, USA followed over 38, males from 1986 to 26. It showed that men with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from tooth loss.
All the participants at the beginning of the trial had no sign of periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease, and had all their teeth.
New cases of tooth loss over the course of the study equated to 11,478, and 3,589 new cases of periodontitis were reported.
"It isn't just about having a nice smile; it is about overall body health too," said Dr Nigel Carter, British Dental Health Foundation's chief executive.
"These results are quite shocking, although we have known for many years that diabetics are more likely to suffer from gum disease, the extent of the increase in such a large study is surprising."
The men in the study who ate less than average fruit and vegetable intake were twice as likely to report periodontitis compared to men with the same intake but without diabetes showing diet could be a contributing factor.
Numerous studies have in the past shown links between oral health and other serious illnesses such as strokes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease, Dr Carter added.
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The experts all recommend brushing teeth for two minutes twice daily, and to floss at least once a day as brushing only cleans up to two thirds of your teeth. However, as the study shows, illnesses can have an effect on oral health, of which we may have no control.
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