Teeth are an Indication of Diabetes Complications in Type 1s

Kuwaiti researchers say that periodontal disease severity is associated with both diabetes duration and the presence of diabetes complications in people with type 1.

Twenty-nine patients with type 1 of less than five years duration were compared with 43 patients with greater than five years of diabetes duration.

“The number of missing teeth … was significantly higher in patients with longer diabetes duration,” write the researchers. “For patients with [greater than] five years diabetes duration, periodontal disease severity was also greater in patients with one or more diabetes complications, as assessed by the number of missing teeth.”

Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology, October 2006

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