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.
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.
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.