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Diabetes



What is gum disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth.
Gingivitis - an inflammation of the soft tissue of the gums - is the initial stage of gum disease.

What causes gum disease?
Like all infections, gum disease is caused by bacteria. In the mouth, a film of plaque, consisting of bacteria and saliva constantly forms and sticks to teeth and gums.
This bacteria accumulation can cause gingivitis.

What are the signs of gum disease?

  • Red, shiny or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding gums

Why are people with diabetes prone to gum disease?
People with diabetes are almost twice as likely to develop gum disease compared to people who don´t have diabetes.
WHY? Scientific research reveals that people with diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infection and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.
As such, it is important for people with diabetes to take care of their oral health.

How can Colgate Total* help?
A good oral health program includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and seeing your dentist every six months.
Colgate Total* toothpaste is a good choice as it goes beyond fighting cavities. Colgate Total* is clinically proven to provide antibacterial protection against gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, for a full 12 hours.
it is important to improve your oral health as part of your overall diabetes management program. Use Colgate Total* twice daily, floss and have regular dental visit.

How can I help prevent gum disease?

  • Brush teeth twice daily with Colgate Total*, a Canadian Dental Association approved toothpaste
  • Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth
  • Have dental check-ups every six months or as often as your dental professional recommends
  • Tell your dentist and higienist that you have diabetes and about all medications you may be taking
  • Contact your dental professional if you have any of these signs:
    • Gums bleed when you brush; ie. You see pink in the sink
    • Gums are red, swollen or tender
    • Gums have pulled away from teeth
    • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
    • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

Brush up on your Oral Health!

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