Higher Risk of Tooth Loss for People with Diabetes

Higher Risk of Tooth Loss for People with Diabetes

It is no secret that diabetes can lead to many health problems. Heart attack and stroke are two well-known conditions associated with diabetes. But did you know that diabetics are also more likely to suffer tooth loss?

A recent study found that diabetics are twice as likely to lose their teeth than those without diabetes. The study looked at individuals 50 years of age and older, and found that 28% of those with diabetes had suffered complete tooth loss, whereas only 14% of non-diabetics had lost all of their teeth. Of those who had partial tooth loss, diabetics were missing an average of 10 teeth, while those without diabetes were missing 7 teeth.

Long-term chronic gum disease and tooth decay are the major culprits in tooth loss, and those with diabetes are much more prone to these issues than those without the condition. Therefore, while maintaining good oral hygiene is important for everyone, it is absolutely essential for those with diabetes to practice good oral habits. To that end, every diabetic should do the following to protect the health of their teeth:

• Brush at least twice a day, preferably after each meal

• Floss daily to clean the spaces that cannot be reached with a toothbrush

• Rinse daily with an anti-bacterial mouthwash

• Visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and oral exam

If you suffer from diabetes, contact our office to learn more about what you can do to protect your teeth.