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.
Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says
I’ve also seen research that poor oral hygiene is often correlated to heart disease. Now, diabetes. Wow.
Cassie Tucker says
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.
Kita Bryant says
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.
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!
Kecia (@KeciaHambrick) says
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.
The Rebel Chick says
Wow, you learn something new every day! I had no idea that there was any relationship between oral health and diabetes!
I had no idea there was a relationship. My mom had diabetes and did have dentures eventually, so I guess there’s something there!
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.
oral health impacts all of our health- it’s amazing how much so.
Oral health is so important! It truly is shocking how the health of our teeth and gums can affect everything about our bodies!
Katherine Bartlett (@KBWhiskey) says
Oral health is super important. Thanks for the great post!
tara pittman says
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.
Liz (@blueviolet) says
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!
I didn’t realize that diabetes affected oral health, too. I’ll be sure to pass on this info (and Colgate rec, of course 😉
I had no idea that diabetes could mean a higher likelihood of gum disease. My grandma had diabetes.
Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) says
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.
jonathan cunningham says
colgate total toothpaste
jonathan cunningham says
i use colgate total toothpaste before after meals