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There is evidence (according to WebMD) to suggest that diabetes is indeed a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. High blood sugar levels in diabetes can damage blood vessels in the brain and lead to the accumulation of toxic proteins that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, diabetes can cause inflammation, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance, which can further contribute to cognitive impairment.
Tooth loss, on the other hand, has also been associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Poor oral health, including gum disease and tooth loss, can lead to chronic inflammation and infection, which can affect the brain and increase the risk of cognitive decline.
When diabetes and tooth loss are paired together, the potential harm to the brain may indeed be even more significant. Both conditions can contribute to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, which can damage brain cells and impair cognitive function. Additionally, poor oral health can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, which can further exacerbate the risk of cognitive decline.
Therefore, it is important to manage diabetes and maintain good oral health to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This can include controlling blood sugar levels, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. If you are suffering from tooth loss, contact Family Care Dental today and our team will create a plan to help you.