Friday, September 08, 2006

A Healthful Reminder

We've got to do it. People, we've got to do it. Ya gotta floss. I know-I know it's one of those tedious tasks that you'd like to skip in order to get to bed faster or move on with your day. In an ideal situation you'd floss 2-3 times a day. But hey, Mr. Tooth up there would be happy if ya did it at least once a day. For those of you in romantic relationships, it's not an option. You can't hand out wet kisses if you haven't removed the plaque and crap from in between your teeth.

Anyway, flossing and diabetes are bi-directionally related. Meaning: flossing can lead to diabetes and diabetes can lead to dental problems. So take time to floss the same way you take time to brush (At least I hope all of you are brushing. I hope...).

Then run out a plant a wet kiss on someone; they'll appreciate the extra time you put into your oral hygiene.

Here's a bit of information from

Dental care and diabetes: Guide to a healthy mouth

You must take special care of your mouth when you have diabetes, especially your teeth and gums. Follow this advice to avoid serious complications.

When you have diabetes, elevated blood sugar levels can damage many parts of your body, including your mouth and teeth. Diabetes increases your risk of gum disease, cavities and tooth loss, dry mouth, and a variety of oral infections.

Conversely, poor oral health can make your diabetes more difficult to control. Infections may cause your blood sugar to rise and require more insulin to keep it under control.

In addition, diabetes can diminish your ability to taste sweets. Although this change may not be noticeable, it can influence your food choices in favor of additional sweeter tasting foods, thereby affecting your dental health, as well as your ability to control your diabetes.

Awareness of potential oral complications from diabetes will improve your chances of maintaining a healthy mouth and sound teeth.