Diabetes and Tooth Loss

Diabetes increases the risk of tooth loss due to a higher incidence of decay and severe gum disease. With gum disease, your gums and jawbone pull away from your teeth, which in turn causes your teeth to loosen. They will rarely fall out on their own although they can and very often will need to be removed due to the large infection, and the risk this poses for your diabetes. Periodontitis and decay tend to be more severe among people who have diabetes because diabetes lowers the ability to resist infection and slows healing.

There are several negative consequences of missing some or all of your teeth:

  • Missing teeth will make it more difficult for you to chew food properly, affecting your overall diet, which is so important to keep the glucose levels as low as possible.
  • It may also affect the way you speak.
  • Many people also feel less confident about their smile when they are missing teeth.
  • When one tooth is missing, the teeth next to it and the opposing tooth move to fill in the space. This means your bite could change creating bite problems.
  • Missing teeth will also affect the aesthetics of your face. Not only will your smile be affected by the gaps from missing teeth, but if you’re missing too many teeth in the anterior area, the skin around your mouth won’t be supported properly, making your appear older than you are.
  • Multiple missing teeth can also make you overclose your lips, leading to angular cheilitis- a fungal infection in the corners of your mouth.

If you are currently missing any of your teeth, consider replacing them with dentures, bridges or dental implants. We can help you look and feel as if you had never lost them! For more information please contact us on 02075639980.