Dear Dr. Mark,
I was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I was told that diabetes can have an affect on the health of your mouth. What can you tell me about this?
The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the United States is staggering. Approximately 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, and it is on the rise. Many complications arise from diabetes, such as renal (kidney) disease, retinopathy (degeneration of the retina in the eye), neuropathy (degeneration of the nervous system) and both cardiovascular and peripheral vascular diseases. Diabetics have poor circulation and wound healing, and there is mounting evidence of a two-way connection between diabetes and periodontal disease, whereby diabetes affects periodontitis and periodontitis worsens diabetes. In fact, periodontal disease is considered the sixth leading complication of diabetes. Read more