Diateethus. How Diabetes Can Affect the Teeth

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To start off, we must first understand what diabetes is. Diabete a long-standing condition that influences the conversion of food to energy in your body.

Insulin is created from having blood sugar going into your body’s cell. That in return creates energy for your body. But to create insulin, food must be digested and broken down into glucose (type of sugar). The higher the blood sugar, the more insulin is generated for energy.

The reason why diabetes occurs is due to the fact that your body makes an insufficient amount for your body or underutilized insulin in your body. When there is insufficient or underutilization of insulin in your body, where is it? It remains in your bloodstream as glucose. With glucose in your bloodstream, your blood sugar can build up which can cause heart and kidney disease. Different types of diabetes can determine different approaches.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually caused by the body making insufficient amounts of insulin or none at all. The reason why this happens is that the cells in the pancreas are attacked by your immune reaction. This in turn destroys any cells that make the insulin. This is rare in people. As a result, people will have to take insulin injections for the rest of their life if they have low blood sugar.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar that is within the bloodstream. Too much sugar in the bloodstream can result in loss of ability to generate insulin from the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is usually caused by obesity. Usually Type 2 diabetes is caused by obesity, family history, inactivity, and blood cholesterol levels.

The Teeth

Diabetes can have an effect on the body in many ways. Did you know that diabetes can affect the mouth as well. People have higher gum diseases from diabetes. These gum diseases can affect the things that hold the teeth in place. Not being able to hold the teeth in place can cause teeth pains in the mouth, difficulty in chewing and even loss of tooth. Diabetes can also make your mouth dry, which can result in bad breath.


Diabetes can be a big problem for your body. What can be done to reduce its effect and maybe make it disappear? The solution is to exercise, be active, and eat right. By doing these things not only will you get rid of diabetes (or reduce effects but you will be less likely to get periodontal (gum) disease.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, November 16). What is diabetes? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 7, 2022, from https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/diabetes.html 

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2021, January 20). Type 2 diabetes. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved January 7, 2022, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20351193 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018, July). Diabetes & oral health. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Retrieved January 7, 2022, from https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/diabetes

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