How Does Diabetes Affect Dental Health?

When most people think of diabetes, they think of the health risks associated with high blood sugar levels. However, other health risks associated with diabetes are not as well known. One such risk is weakened teeth and tooth decay.

Studies have shown that people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are more likely to experience tooth decay and other dental problems than those without diabetes.


Researchers from Rutger believe they found a possible reason why people with diabetes may be more at risk for poor dental health. For their study, mice who were induced with type 1 diabetes were tested for their tooth health. A Vickers microhardness tester compared their teeth with 35 healthy controls over 28 weeks.

The two groups started with comparable teeth, but through the study, those with diabetes had the enamel grow significantly softer. By week 28, there was a significant difference in dentin microhardness.

“We’ve long seen elevated rates of cavity formation and tooth loss in patients with diabetes, and we’ve long known that treatments such as fillings do not last as long in such patients, but we did not know exactly why,” said Mohammad Ali Saghiri, who was involved in the study.

This study confirmed the reduced strength and durability of enamel and dentin in those with diabetes. Researchers believe they have demonstrated that diabetes can interfere with the ongoing process of adding minerals to teeth as they wear from normal use.

Previous studies have also suggested that high blood sugar levels can create a hospitable environment for bacteria that leads to tooth decay.

Protecting Teeth


You can take steps to protect your teeth and prevent tooth decay if you have diabetes, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups.

Keeping diabetes in control and taking active lifestyle changes may also help to reduce symptoms associated with the disease. For example, Healthy Blood Sugar Support can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels using a number of ingredients that have been shown in clinical studies.

The health benefits of this unique formula include supporting blood sugar metabolism and promoting healthy cholesterol and glucose levels already within the normal range. Healthy Blood Sugar Support can also help to reduce excessive hunger or increased appetite, fatigue, and blood glucose spikes after meals.

Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.