June 03, 2014

Missing Teeth and Diabetes

A study of 2,508 participants in a diabetes database compared to patients without diabetes shows some remarkable statistics:
  • Among adults with natural teeth, those with diabetes have, on average, lost 50% greater numbers of teeth than those without the disease
  • Among adults with no teeth (edentulous),  those with diabetes are twice as likely to have no teeth that those without the disease
One in every five cases of edentulism in the United States is linked to diabetes. 

JADA, vol. 144, no. 5, 478-485

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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