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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.

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