Diabetes and Tooth Loss

Diabetes is a serious systemic illness that can increase your risk of certain other health problems, including dental health problems. According to a recent study, people with diabetes are significantly more likely to lose all their teeth than those who do not have diabetes. Tooth loss can lead to further problems, including nutritional deficiencies, bone loss in the jaw and an increased risk of dementia.

This study evaluated data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey and concentrated on patients who were over 50. Nearly 30 percent of patients with diabetes had lost all their teeth while only 14 percent of patients who did not have diabetes had lost all their teeth. In fact, one out of every five cases of complete tooth loss in the U.S. is associated with diabetes. The results of this study were consistent with previous studies and underscore the necessity of good dental care for patients with diabetes.

If you have diabetes, Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, can help you determine the best way to preserve your smile. Brushing after meals is essential, and daily flossing helps clean those hard-to-reach places. Dry mouth is common in people with diabetes, so you may need to chew a sugar-free gum or saliva replacement product to keep your smile healthy. Biannual dental checkups are often recommended to catch early signs of problems, but some patients may need more frequent checkups. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your next checkup.

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