World Diabetes Day – Nov. 14, 2022
•537 million adults (1 in 10) were living with diabetes in 2021. This number is expected rise to 643 million by 2030 and 783 million by 2045.
•Almost 1 in 2 adults (44%) with diabetes remain undiagnosed (240 million). The majority have type 2 diabetes.
•541 million adults are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
•More than 1.2 million children and adolescents (0-19 years) live with type 1 diabetes
•Diabetes caused 6.7 million deaths in 2021.
•Diabetes was responsible for at least $966 billion in health expenditure in 2021 – 9% of the global total spent on healthcare.
•1 in 6 live births (21 million) are affected by high blood glucose (hyperglycaemia) in pregnancy.
As far as dental health goes, if you have diabetes it is very important to practice good dental health.
The CDC reports that high blood sugar, that is common in those with diabetes, weakens white blood cells. White blood cell are what the body uses to fight disease and infections in your system, including your mouth, your gums and your teeth.
Here are some recommendations from the CDC on what those with diabetes can do to better protect their oral health
- Brush your teeth AT LEAST twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Floss your teeth AT LEAST once a day
- Make sure to tell your dentist that you are diabetic
- Pay close attention to your gums. If you find them swollen, very red, or bleeding when you brush, see your dentist soon. These are signs that you have gum disease.
So by properly managing your diabetes you are doing more than just keeping your blood sugar levels in check, you are also doing more to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and plaque build up in your mouth.
Springville Dentistry is committed to help our diabetic patients maintain good oral health. If you live in Springville, Mapleton, Provo or Orem, please call our Springville office right away and schedule an appointment to learn better treatment strategies to manage how your diabetes affects the future of your dental health.
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