Diabetics Have Higher Incidence Of Tooth Loss

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

If you are diabetic, you are twice as likely to lose all of your teeth.

Researchers from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey evaluated more 2,500 participants over the age of 50. The study showed that 28% of adults with diabetes had lost all of their teeth, compared to 14% of people who were not diabetic.

The results of this study are consistent with the outcomes of two other major studies that evaluated loss among adults with and without diabetes. Too, it showed that diabetics who had lost some, but not all, teeth, were missing an average of 10 teeth, compared to 7 teeth for those without diabetes.

Not only are diabetics at higher risk for tooth loss and edentulism (missing all teeth), the researchers concluded that 1 of every 5 cases of edentulism in the U.S. is linked to diabetes.

With consistent findings of these studies, it is important for people with diabetes to have a committed oral health care program. If you are diabetic, begin by having a complete periodontal examination to determine your current oral health status and areas of risk.

Losing teeth is an added expense and burden on the mouth, adjoining teeth, and ability to control oral bacteria. However, tooth loss can be prevented with a thorough oral health care program. Call (828) 274-9440 to schedule an examination to ensure your smile is at its best!

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