Did you know that practicing good dental care was absolutely essential to people with Diabetes?
I didn't until my dad was diagnosed with Diabetes several years ago. Gum disease and Diabetes runs in his side of the family so he has to be careful not to get any infections. He has to go to the dentist every 6 months. I have always
laughed cried that pretty much every ailment that runs in either side of the family becomes my ailment so I have to be careful as well. Although, I have to admit that I went to the dentist (maybe)10 years ago and they started the gum planing on one side of my mouth. It hurt so bad that I never went back. I hear that once you start getting it every 6 months that it isn’t so bad. I need to get my diet under control (to help slow down Diabetes) and get my teeth healthy (to avoid Gum disease) because I’m just not a young chicky anymore.
The Boy and I decided we were going to encourage Papa (my dad) to take care of himself so we went shopping at Walmart Neighborhood Market this weekend while we were in Ft. Worth. Of course, we had to buy a new toothbrush and toothpaste for the boy as well. He found the Spongebob Squarepants toothpaste and matching battery operated toothbrush. We picked up several oral care products for Papa as well. You can see our full shopping trip in the Walmart Neighborhood Market – Colgate Total Oral Care Gift Basket Google Album.
People with diabetes are 2x times more likely to develop serious gum disease.
We put together a fun little gift basket of oral care products and The Boy couldn't wait to get back to town and head over to visit Papa. We want to encourage him to take care of his teeth and his overall health so that he can keep up with this growing boy (who just happens to idolize his Papa)!!
Papa was happy to show off his new oral care products and hold the boy in his lap. He made us crop out the three large jars of candy that he was arranging when we arrived (but you can see them in that Google album above). He even mentioned that he had been experiencing tooth pain recently and needed to get back to the dentist. Good thing we reminded him!!
Healthy Tips: Oral Care and Diabetes
Colgate Total wants to get the word out that Diabetes and Oral Care go hand in hand. It's time to teach our children and ourselves that good oral care is essential. Colgate Total products can help with that!! Download this Oral Care Guide for those with Diabetes and Check out Colgate.com for Popular Oral and Dental Info and these tips that we found useful!!
- Diabetes can lower the body's resistance to infection and slow the healing process. These changes affect your teeth and gums. A common oral health problem associated with diabetes is periodontal disease.
- Keeping your own teeth is important for healthy eating. Natural teeth help you chew foods better and easier than you can with dentures. Because infections can make gums sore and uneven, dentures may not fit right.
- Take good care of your teeth and gums. At least twice a day, brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use dental floss every day to clean between the teeth.
- Smoking makes gum problems worse.
How do you teach your children about good dental care?
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