LIVING WITH DIABETES? WATCH YOUR MOUTH!
If you live with diabetes, you probably watch your diet and nutrition for overall health, but have you considered your oral health?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are 2X more likely to develop gum disease. Diabetes makes the body more susceptible to bacterial infections and less able to fight germs that invade the gums.
Good news. Colgate Total® toothpaste can help improve your gum health in as little as 4 weeks* and is approved by the FDA to help prevent gingivitis**, the most common form of gum disease. We’ve assembled a group of diabetes lifestyle and oral health experts and asked them to provide some useful tips about the issue.
- The American Diabetes Association considers oral health and hygiene a focus of treatment and care for people living with diabetes, along with blood glucose control and medication management.
- Remember that people with diabetes have special oral care needs, and your dentist and hygienist are equipped to meet them — with your help. Keep them informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking.
- Brush for two minutes twice a day with a toothpaste with an antigingivitis or antibacterial ingredient to help prevent gingivitis. Choose a toothpaste, like Colgate Total®, that is accepted by the American Dental Association.
- Diabetes is more prevalent among U.S. Hispanics than the general population1. If you’re Latino, be sure to share information about the link between oral health and diabetes with members of your family and community who may not know!
- Diabetes predisposes a person to gum disease, and severe gum disease, if left untreated, can make diabetes more difficult to control. To help break this cycle, you should see a periodontist (gum specialist). Gum treatment can and should be initiated to begin to reduce the gum infection and inflammation. Emerging research shows this may help you manage your diabetes.
- Diabetes is associated with low saliva production and dry mouth, conditions which increase the risk for enamel demineralization and make enamel more prone to decay. Very good daily oral hygiene with a soft toothbrush and a fluoride-containing, plaque-fighting toothpaste, like Colgate Total®, can help reduce this risk.
- Help manage your diabetes by improving your oral care with Colgate Total® toothpaste. Simply brush 2-3 times each day to remove hidden bacteria above the gumline and floss after meals to remove hidden bacteria below the gumline.
- Visit your dental team every 6 months for professional care and you'll have a smile worthy of the red carpet!
1 CDC, 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/estimates11.htm
*Results improve with continued twice daily use, as shown in 6-month clinical studies of the general population.
**Colgate Total is approved through the New Drug Application Process to help prevent plaque, gingivitis and cavities. Not approved for the prevention or treatment of serious gum disease or other diseases.