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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are people with type 2 diabetes at higher risk for gum infections? Why?

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  • Carolien Koreneff

    Counsellor, Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse

    Carolien Koreneff is a Somatic (body-oriented) psychotherapist, Health Coach, Counsellor as well as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with over 20 years experience. She currently sees … View Profile

    Yes. Good dental hygiene is important for all of us but people with diabetes are more at risk for infections and that includes gingivitis, or gum disease.

  • Dung Pham

    Dietitian

    Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works in Community Health and Private Practice as a HACC/CH dietitian and Health Coach. She has also … View Profile

    Yes they tend to have a higher risk of gum infections and infections in general, because their sugar levels are higher. Diabetes impairs the immune system, which increases their risk of infection, and also would healing, so that is the main reason.

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