Actually, a study reported on this webpage indicated a link between diabetes and tooth loss. Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, said (regarding the study), “They did indeed find there was a clear connection between tooth loss and diabetes, especially among African Americans.”
It’s a fact that diabetics can lose up to twice as many teeth as those who don’t have diabetes.
Doctors should understand that diabetic patients need to practice routine dental care.
Diabetes and gum disease
According to 2019 statistics, around 37 million Americans have diabetes, and there is an “increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.”
If you have diabetes, it is best to take care of your teeth as best as possible. This includes routine cleaning and checkup appointments with your dentist as often as he or she recommends for your unique situation.
controlling your blood glucose levels. This can help to relieve or control dry mouth that’s often caused by diabetes. Also, high blood sugar levels can impair your body to heal from oral infections, which makes you more susceptible to gum disease.
taking care of your teeth and gums with regular checkups and teeth cleanings every 6 months or as often as your dentist recommends.
removing your dentures (if you wear them) on a daily basis to clean them.
avoiding smoking cigarettes and nicotine products.
If you are diabetic and are concerned about your oral health, call Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today. We can schedule a checkup appointment with you to give you the dental care you need and deserve.
Posted by Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
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