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Dr. Robben Explains How Diabetes Can Affect Your Oral Health

Periodontal disease (periodontitis) is when our teeth lose the support around them (bone, gums). This process can be related to diabetes. The likelihood of having periodontitis is 2.6 times higher in people with diabetes. When periodontal disease strikes and tooth support is lost, this can cause our teeth to become loose. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, teeth may even fall out from loss of the surrounding support. Having uncontrolled diabetes means you may be more likely to have uncontrolled periodontal disease.

Receiving dental care plays a key role in oral health and diabetes management. Treatment of periodontal disease can provide a modest reduction in diabetes metrics such as HbA1c. Medical, behavioral health, and dental care are all essential parts of diabetes and periodontitis treatment.

Having diabetes and periodontal disease may mean needing more frequent dental visits to control the disease processes. Some insurances, including Medicaid, may allow you to have cleanings up to 4 times per year versus the standard 2 times due to the dental risk associated with diabetes and its relationship to periodontal disease and oral health.

If you would like more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact your preferred clinic today.