Diabetes Forecast

Tooth Loss Higher for People With Diabetes

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,


Good dental care is extremely important for people with diabetes. New nationwide data on dental health among 37,609 adults ages 25 and older from 1971 through 2012 show that while tooth loss is declining overall, it remains higher among people with diabetes. By 2012, the average number of missing teeth was 6.6 for those with diabetes, compared with 3.4 for those without. The proportion of people who had at least 21 of their original teeth was 87 percent for those without diabetes but just 69 percent among those with diabetes. African Americans were at greater risk than whites for tooth loss, while Mexican Americans had a lower risk.  
Source: Preventing Chronic Disease, published online Dec. 3, 2015



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