Did You Know?
Periodontal disease is the most common oral disease in diabetic patients affecting over 1 in 5 diabetics.
Diabetes affects 37.3 Million people in the United States
Approximately 1.7 Million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year among people 20 years of age and older
Approximately $327 Billion is spent each year in the U.S. on oral care for diabetic patients
If you or a loved one has diabetes, continued oral care is essential to your health. Here are a few important things to consider:
Understand your condition.
What is your diabetes type and treatment? Is your blood sugar under control? Have there been any recent changes in your medical history? What prescription and over-the-counter drugs do you take? Be sure to tell your dentist.
Understand how diabetes affects your oral health.
Don’t hesitate to ask your dental health care provider to explain the relationship between diabetes and oral health.
Make sure you know what signs of gum disease to look for.
There are several signs and symptoms of gum disease you should be aware of, which if not addressed, can cause further problems. These include gums that bleed easily or bleed when brushing. Ask your dentist or hygienist if you have gingivitis/early gum disease. Learn more about the connection between diabetes and gum disease here.
LISTERINE® Cool Mint helps prevent and reduce plaque & gingivitis in people with controlled diabetes*
*Shown in a clinical study vs. brushing alone