Diabetes and Tooth Loss
Diabetes, as we’ve highlighted earlier, is a condition that can affect one’s oral health. One of the health implications of diabetes is that people with the condition are generally more susceptible to infections, including gum disease. Unfortunately gum disease can cause tooth loss in adults.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), 2,508 adults aged 50 and above with and without diabetes were analysed and results showed that “those with diabetes had a higher number of missing teeth than did adults without diabetes”. The study also revealed that one in every five cases of edentulism or tooth loss amongst Americans is linked to diabetes.
Read the JADA’s abstract here: http://jada.ada.org/content/144/5/478