Oral health and diabetes? Who knew? #colgatetotal

13 Dec

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This is a sponsored post written by me in association with Colgate Total and Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are 100% my own.

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As a child, I knew that my uncle and first cousin (a dad and daughter) both had type I diabetes, but I didn’t realize how serious the illness was until my uncle passed away from an insulin-related issue.

Now, as an educator, I’ve had students in my classroom who have diabetes and must constantly watch their sugar levels to protect their health. Diabetes is a serious condition and can exacerbate other illnesses.

Colgate Total launched a campaign last month, Diabetes Awareness Month, to make folks aware that individuals with diabetes are 2X more likely to develop gum disease. Gum disease is a significant illness in its own right but can be prevented with a few simple steps. Using toothpaste such as Colgate Total, which is approved by the FDA to fight gingivitis, can improve gum health in less than four weeks.

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Because diabetes is associated with low saliva production and dry mouth, individuals with diabetes are more at risk for developing oral illnesses. It’s very important that everyone brush with an approved toothpaste such as Colgate Total and visit the dentist on a regular basis, but it’s vitally important for individuals with diabetes to do so because severe gum disease, if left untreated, can make diabetes more challenging to control.

If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the condition, be sure proper dental hygiene is a top priority. We can’t control everything, but we should attempt to improve those things we do have control over, especially if it will enhance our quality of life.

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16 Responses to “Oral health and diabetes? Who knew? #colgatetotal”

  1. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? December 13, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    I’ve also seen research that poor oral hygiene is often correlated to heart disease. Now, diabetes. Wow.

  2. Cassie Tucker December 13, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Wow I didn’t even realize that people who are diabetic were more prone to develop gum disease. Due to the fact that my mother-in-law has type 2 diabetes I’ll be passing this information along to her.

  3. Kita Bryant December 13, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I had no idea that diabetes could be caused by gum disease. I have heard that we must keep our teeth healthy so many things go hand in hand with our bodies that we have to keep everything clean and healthy.

  4. Ashley December 13, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I also was unaware of the gum disease link to diabetes. I have heard of the link to heart issues and other problems, though. Thanks for the info!

  5. Kecia (@KeciaHambrick) December 13, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I didn’t realize there was a connection between diabetes and gum disease. It’s important to know these things, though, especially if you are suffering from diabetes.

  6. The Rebel Chick December 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Wow, you learn something new every day! I had no idea that there was any relationship between oral health and diabetes!

  7. Mandi December 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I had no idea there was a relationship. My mom had diabetes and did have dentures eventually, so I guess there’s something there!

  8. Felicia December 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Yes! My dentist even told me that dental care was related to healthy pregnancies. He told me stories of women who were in pre term labor who started swishing and flossing and taking better care and the labor stopped.

  9. brett December 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    oral health impacts all of our health- it’s amazing how much so.

  10. Henrietta December 14, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Oral health is so important! It truly is shocking how the health of our teeth and gums can affect everything about our bodies!

  11. Katherine Bartlett (@KBWhiskey) December 14, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Oral health is super important. Thanks for the great post!

  12. tara pittman December 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    We never realize how important our teeth our until we have problems. My husband has gingavatis and now has to get all his teeth removed.

  13. Liz (@blueviolet) December 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    I had no idea there was a connection between the two things, and I don’t have diabetes, but I do use Colgate Total and I won’t switch!

  14. Autumn December 15, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I didn’t realize that diabetes affected oral health, too. I’ll be sure to pass on this info (and Colgate rec, of course ;)

  15. Shell December 15, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I had no idea that diabetes could mean a higher likelihood of gum disease. My grandma had diabetes.

  16. Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) December 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Very interesting to know about the connection between oral health and diabetes. I will be sure to pass it along to family and friends. It’s important more people know.

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