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Diabetes and loss of teeth

May 3, 2013

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 2:16 pm

By now you may know that your mouth is related to the health of the rest of your body. Oral bacteria has been directly correlated to cardiac conditions, Alzheimer disease and even diabetes. We cannot say that any of these diseases cause oral conditions, or that oral conditions cause the disease, but we do know there is a direct correlation.

Because patients with diabetes also often have periodontal disease, it is more likely they will experience tooth loss. 1 out of every 5  patients without teeth are diabetic. So, what causes the tooth loss? Periodontal disease starts as an active infection deep below the gum line. It then begins to destroy bone. If not treated and controlled with regular dental visits and periodontal treatment, the bone loss eventually leads to loose teeth and even the complete loss of teeth.

Staying on a regular cleaning and exam schedule will help your dental provider detect any of these problems early and prevent further progression of more severe periodontal disease. We may need to see you more frequently for cleanings, but the end result with be maintaining your own natural smile for many years! Our staff can evaluate your needs as a diabetic patient and come up with the best treatment for you.

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