Watch Your Mouth!

What health condition has killed the most adult humans since the beginning of recorded time? Most likely it was gum disease (also called "periodontitis"). Before modern food processing made food soft and mushy, people who lost their teeth couldn't eat natural food. So they became weak and died. Unfortunately, gum disease may still be a killer for people with diabetes... Read More

Drilling for Blood Glucose

This week, I’m taking a break from writing about my transition to the insulin pump so that I can discuss going to the dentist. Why? Because as someone relatively new to living with diabetes, I was confronted yesterday afternoon with yet another life-with-diabetes moment. Read More

Nutrition and Dental Health

Having just undergone a root canal this past week, and also having read DiabetesSelfManagement.com’s recent Article of the Week on diabetes and oral health, teeth have been on my mind. When people think about a healthy mouth, what usually comes to mind is brushing and flossing and going to the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. All of that is important, of course. But what sometimes gets overlooked is how our food intake and nutrition status affect the health of our teeth and gums. Read More

Article of the Week: Disease, Treatment, and Oral Health

This article addresses oral health problems that can be related to medical conditions (including diabetes) or drugs a person might take to treat certain conditions. Dental hygienist Shirley Gutkowski explains how to manage dry mouth, yeast infections, gum disorders, and other problems, and also discusses how depression can affect oral health.

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And remember that articles on a wide variety of diabetes topics are always available in our magazine archives section!

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Article of the Week: Choosing Dental Care

If, like many people, you find yourself constantly putting off a visit to the dentist, check out this guide. It tells you how to look for a dentist and dental hygienist, what to expect at a dental checkup, how to deal with "dental anxiety," and what mouth and dental problems are more common in people with diabetes.

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And remember that articles on a wide variety of diabetes topics are always available in our magazine archives section! Read More

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Gum Disease

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at http://blogs.healthcentral.com/diabetes about the connections between diabetes and gum disease. This blog entry is written by David Mendosa, a medical writer with Type 2 diabetes, and discusses a new study on the subject as well as David’s personal experiences controlling gum disease and diabetes.

Speaking of oral health (and health in general!), today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Click here for more information about smoking less, quitting for the day, or quitting for good. Read More