This is a compensated post for Mom It Forward Blogger Network on behalf of Colgate Total. However all opinions expressed are my own.
Today’s post is very personal for me. November is American Diabetes Month and my father is suffering from Diabetes. He recently started dialysis and is taking the steps to get on the transplant list, while our family is in the process of being tested as possible donors.
It’s impacted our lives greatly. And I say our lives because Diabetes affects the entire family. When my father is sick, or can’t walk or has to go to the hospital for some complication, we are there. Diabetes is a disease that never ends. I have seen my dad struggle with this disease night and day. It’s non-stop and takes a huge amount of effort to live with this disease. It never stops and doesn’t go away.
- Nearly 12% of the U.S. Hispanic population has diagnosed diabetes.
- The risk of diagnosed diabetes is 66% higher among Hispanics when compared to non-Hispanic white adults.
Just being a Hispanic puts us at a higher risk of getting Diabetes.
Recently, there was a link found between oral health and diabetes. Take a look at the graphic below.
According to the CDC, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease.
Colgate Total and the American Diabetes Association have launched a new campaign called “Watch Your Mouth!” to help raise awareness surrounding the often-overlooked link between oral health and diabetes.
Here are a few simple steps that everyone can take to help prevent early gum disease:
o Visit your dentist regularly. While your doctor and certified diabetes educator play an important role in helping with your diabetes, so does your dentist.
o Follow healthy dental habits at home. Research shows that brushing twice a day with Colgate Total® toothpaste can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks.
This is a campaign that hits close to my heart. I urge you to make yourself aware of the risk factors of this disease, or if you’re already living with the disease, become aware of the link between gum disease and Diabetes.
For more information on this you can visit OralHealthAndDiabetes.com where you can get more helpful oral care tips.