Type 1 Weakens Teeth?

By Crashnot Latest Reply 2009-10-29 04:37:28 -0500
Started 2009-08-07 13:09:01 -0500

Years ago, when the internet was so young that the only content on it was from government and university sites, I read a report describing how people with Type 1 diabetes have weaker teeth and bones from something to do with calcium metabolism, I think it was. Since then I have not been able to dig this study up anywhere. It was from one of the medical universities.

So, my rather broad questions here are:

1) has anyone heard the same thing and recall the details?

2) Any long-time Type 1's here have problems with cavities, broken teeth, etc?

I've been diabetic for 42 years, since I was 11 months old. While my extended family and siblings all have incredible teeth, mine are full of cavities and prone to cracking or breaking off corners of the molars.

I've also read that diabetics are extremely prone to having vitamin deficiencies, as your body flushes out vitamins and minerals along with sugar when your blood sugar gets high. And yes, I have uncovered numerous deficiencies in the past two years and have been attacking them with a rigorous vitamin regime I found in the book "Reversing Diabetes." It seems to me this same body reaction would effect the calcium levels as well as vitamins.

With that, I'm dying to figure out where that old study got buried!

4 replies

Sheri S
Sheri S 2009-10-08 21:32:34 -0500 Report

I have been a T1 for 41 years and do not have problems with my teeth being weak or cavities. I do use a sonic toothbrush and my hygienist always says that I have very little plaque when I go for my cleaning every 6 months. She always says the tissue looks very healthy. I would never go back to a manual toothbrush after having my sonic brush.

teeter13 2009-10-28 14:31:47 -0500 Report

I have been T1 for 24 years and my teeth are falling apart. My molars are all broken and I have gum disease as well. I have had several periods in my life when I did not have my diabetes in control but as much as I would like to attribute all of my dental problems to my diabetes, I have only heard of gum disease being directly related. As far as vitamin deficiencies go, that is true. Think of the leg cramps caused by low potassium levels in uncontrolled diabetics. Where water goes, vitamins and minerals follow.

Elrond 2009-10-29 04:37:28 -0500 Report

I was T2 for about 30 years and recently 'upgraded' to T1. Over that time, my teeth went downhill very badly and finally reached the point where the constant oral infections were a danger to my overall health. At the age of 53, I had the remaining teeth removed and was fitted with dentures. Not only do I look better, my eating is much improved.

at the beach
at the beach 2009-09-30 23:05:22 -0500 Report

I am a dental hygienist, and I have not heard of this finding. Diabetic are more prone to dry mouth if blood glucose is high, dry mouth does make you prone to cavities. The biggest dental problem diabetics experience is periodontal disease. Perio or gum disease is a bacterial infection in which the gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth is destroyed by the infection. Regular preventative visits with a dentist/hyg(to remove build up and monitor gingival health) and daily flossing(disturbs the bacteria that lives between the tooth and the gum tissue) help prevent perio disease. This infection is also linked to heart disease and stroke and increases blood glucose levels.

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