Diabetes has been associated with numerous wide-ranging health risks, and tooth loss may be one of them. When researchers reviewed data collected from more than 37,000 adults aged 25 years and older, they found that diabetics lost their teeth at twice the rate of non-diabetics. In addition, the study revealed that people with periodontal (gum) disease were more likely to have diabetes than people with healthy gums. While researchers could not pinpoint a specific causal link between diabetes and tooth loss, they emphasized that their findings were consistent with other chronic diseases (such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and cognitive disease) that are also associated with poor oral health. Regular dental visits are as important as exams by other doctors.
People with diabetes have special needs, and your dentist and hygienist are equipped to meet those needs – with your help. Keep us informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you are taking. If you would like further information or to schedule an appointment, please call West Brookfield Dental at 508.867.2777. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where comfort, care, and convenience make the difference.
P.S. Previous studies have found that people with diabetes are less likely to floss and brush as often as people without diabetes. They are also more likely to skip annual dental exams.