Dentist Schenectady Diabetes and Oral Health

Schenectady NY Dental Office On Diabetic Detriments

With diabetes on the rise in the United States, it's growingly more and more common for our Schenectady NY dental office to treat patients battling this debilitating disease. And while diabetes is well known for negatively impacting the body in a number of ways, its effect on the mouth typically isn’t very spoken of.


As oral health care professionals, we find it surprising that the stats aren’t mentioned more often. For instance, diabetic patients are twice as likely to lose their teeth, and one in five total tooth loss cases are related to diabetes somehow. While those numbers may be shocking to some, to others they probably seem beyond believable.


To some, it also may seem relatively easy to prevent all of these side effects. Just brush and floss, watch your diet and monitor blood sugar and you should be fine…right? Unfortunately, wrong…as diabetes is a complex disease that can spiral out of control quickly. If it does happen to get out of hand, it can result in the following oral health problems:


  • Gum disease
  • Infection
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Altered taste profile and more


For a complete look at some of the effects of diabetes on oral health, head to the following informational slideshow: Click Here.


After all is said and done about this correlation- making sure never to forget a regularly scheduled appointment with our Schenectady NY dental office and Dr. Merten is essential to health for ALL patients. To schedule you next visit with us, give our office a call today at (518) 374-0780.