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An early call from the Tooth Fairy

Kids who have diabetes were found to lose their baby teeth earlier and gain their permanent set sooner than their peers who didn’t have diabetes. The early changeover isn’t a good thing for a child’s dental health, say investigators at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, who studied 10- to 14-year-olds with diabetes. Getting adult teeth too early can increase chances for misaligned and crowded teeth and hinder the ability to keep teeth clean and gums healthy. People with diabetes suffer greater gum inflammation than people without the condition, which leads the researchers to conclude that inflammation may decrease bone mass supporting baby teeth and speed eruption of adult teeth.