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My husband has diabetes. When he was younger, he was a football player and was in great physical shape. He lifted weights and was very active. One year, he hurt his back moving wood. That injury resulted in steroid injections, several failed surgeries and a lifetime of chronic pain. Now that my husband is disabled, he has gained weight and is not in the best physical shape. His diet was never fantastic to begin with but when he was active, he was able to keep his weight in check. This weight gain has resulted in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes and Oral Care
Did you know that according to the CDC, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease? Colgate Total and the American Diabetes Association launched a new campaign called “Watch Your Mouth!” to help raise awareness surrounding the often-overlooked link between oral health and diabetes. There are a few simple steps we can take to help prevent early gum disease:
- Make sure you visit your dentist. While your doctor and certified diabetes educator play an important role in helping with your diabetes, so does your dentist.
- Follow healthy dental habits at home. Research shows that brushing twice a day with Colgate Total® toothpaste can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks.
Marty wasn’t encouraged to have good oral care habits when he was a child so he never brought good habits with him as an adult. He has had many of his teeth pulled because of this and that is something I want to make sure doesn’t continue to happen for him. I also want to make sure that my kids take good oral care habits with them as they grow up.
Now that Marty understands how important being healthy is, he is taking small steps to improve his overall health. One of those steps is to pay attention to his oral care. He understands how important that is to how he feels and having a lot of teeth pulled and getting used to wearing dentures wasn’t a pleasant experience for him to go through. The infographic below has some interesting statistics on diabetes and oral care. I had no idea that the rate of gum disease was so high in people with diabetes. Marty is making sure that he pays much closer attention to his gum health now.
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Please take a moment to read the infographic below and learn more about Diabetes awareness and oral care.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.