Adults With Diabetes Lose Twice the Number of Teeth

Adults with diabetes lose twice the number of teeth as those without diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Periodontal disease is  considered the sixth complication of diabetes and has been identified as a s risk factor for poor metabolic control in people with diabetes.  Part of the reason patients lose teeth as diabetics is because any infection, including oral infections (periodontal disease) are harder to fight than patients without diabetes.  It is therefore, essential that a diabetic patient has excellent home care and professional dental cleanings on a regular basis.