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Health Tip: Diabetics, Watch for Gum Disease

It's a serious complication

(HealthDay News) -- Diabetes and gum disease can go hand-in-hand, each making the other worse.

The American Diabetes Association mentions these warning signs of gum disease:

  • Gums that bleed after flossing or brushing.
  • Tenderness, swelling or redness of the gums.
  • Receding gums that make nearby teeth appear longer.
  • Bad breath.
  • Pus that emerges when you press against the gum.
  • Loose or moving permanent teeth.
  • Changes affecting the alignment of your bite, or the fit of your dentures or bridge.

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