Diabetes is hard enough to handle on its own, but recent studies show that those suffering from both types one and two diabetes are more susceptible to tooth loss. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, the 8.3% of Americans suffering from diabetes are at a greater risk of tooth loss than the rest of the population, especially those over fifty years of age.
A study of 2,500 individuals over fifty found that diabetics were missing an average of nearly ten teeth at the time of the study’s examination, compared to those without diabetes, who showed an average of less than seven. The study also concluded that diabetics are twice as likely to suffer from edentulism, or a complete lack of teeth, and twenty-eight percent of sufferers were completely toothless, compared to the fourteen percent without the condition.
One theory for this connection between tooth loss and diabetes concerns hyperglycemia, which disrupts the delivery of nutrients and the removal of waste products from the tissue in gums. This leads to severe gum disease, or periodontitis, and tooth loss.
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