2. Higher Risk of Diabetes
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, tooth loss has been connected to a higher chance of developing diabetes—an 11-percent higher risk, to be more precise. This is due to inflammation in the bloodstream. Diabetes is the body’s inability to regulate its blood sugar, which can lead to more major health problems.
To make matters worse, once you have diabetes, your chance of developing more serious oral health issues actually increases as well. The Mayo Clinic notes that having higher blood sugar also leads to more tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral conditions.