by Daryl R. Kimche, D.D.S. & Luke K. Presley, D.M.D.
Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at a greater risk for dental problems. Because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums, diabetic patients are more likely to have infections in their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place. High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and increase the patient’s number of cavities.
Smoking can have a number of negative effects on dental health. Examples include increased loss of bone within the jaw, risk of leukoplakia (white patches inside the mouth), and risk of developing gum disease—a leading cause of tooth loss. Smoking can also delay the healing process following a tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery.
An unhealthy diet coupled with an increased intake of sugar may increase caries (cavities). Dental caries and obesity are strongly linked due to common dietary risk factors. Dental diseases and tooth loss have a considerable impact on self-esteem, ability to chew, nutrition and health in people of all ages.
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