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diabetes and oral health

New Bill Would Expand Dental Coverage For Diabetic Nevadans

In Nevada, more than 12% of adults have diabetes, a disease that can lead to poor oral health. This session, lawmakers are trying to expand Medicaid dental coverage, including deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar, which hold bacteria that cause gum inflammation. Democratic Assemblywoman Dina Neal has introduced AB 223 for diabetic adults over the age of 21.

Charles Duarte is CEO of Community Health Alliance in Reno, which serves mostly low income patients for both medical and dental needs.

“Quite often, our dentists are able to identify someone with diabetes even just by looking in their mouth because someone with diabetes has a depressed immune system very often, and that makes them prone to gum disease, infection, decay and bone loss in their jaw. Long term, that is really detrimental not only to their oral health but to their total health,” Duarte said.

Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum problems due to poor blood sugar control. As a result, infections may cause blood sugar to rise, making diabetes even harder to manage. In general, Duarte doesn’t see oral health being taken as seriously as medical health care.

How does oral health (teeth) affect diabetes?

I've never heard of this correlation and my local grocery store in Texas (HEB) posted this advertisement on their pharmacy bags now...

"For better oral health against diabetes, replace your toothbrush every 3 months.".


Hi there. I'm not really sure that statement makes sense. But it is true that there is a relationship between diabetes and oral health. Emerging research is indicating that uncontrolled diabetes and periodontal infection can exacerbate each other.


i just found out that i have diabeties and had to get teeth pulled. he said that it was because of my diabeties.


Someone with diabetes can have complications from it...anything from kidney problems, nerve problems, to teeth problems. It has not been proven that bad oral health causes diabetes. That does not make any sense..unless they mean if you have diabetes,

I have Type 2 diabetes which is under control with oral meds. I am sleeping entirely too much.?

I could sleep all day. Is this related to my diabetes? What can I do to remedy the situation? I am 65 and in relatively good health otherwise.


although your blood sugar is within the normal range with medication but u should not sleep too much. you should take half an hour regular physical exercise and it should be aerobic just to keep ur cardiovascular and other system ok.and ur blood sugar


If you start walking about 30 minutes, a few times a day, you won't sleep as much. But at first, it may take a bit to get you used to it.

Another item of interest is how do you feel emotionally? If you are depressed, you might want to sleep


although your blood sugar is within the normal range with medication but u should not sleep too much. you should take half an hour regular physical exercise and it should be aerobic just to keep ur cardiovascular and other system ok.and ur blood sugar