According to the Conference Board of Canada, 2 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. That number is expected to grow to over 3 million within the next decade.
Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. All food you eat is turned to sugar and used for energy.
In Type I diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, a hormone that carries sugar from your blood to the cells that need it for energy.
In Type II diabetes, the body stops responding to insulin. Both cases result in high blood sugar levels, which can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body.
So what does this have to do with that smile of yours — and how can you protect it? First, it’s important to understand the signs of diabetes and the roles they play in your mouth.
The warning signs of diabetes affect every part of your body. You may feel excessively thirsty or have to urinate a lot. Weight loss and fatigue are other common symptoms. Diabetes can also cause you to lose consciousness if your blood sugar falls too low.
If diabetes is left untreated, here’s what it can do to your mouth:
Keep in mind, sugar is the enemy of your teeth and smile. It’s the leading factor in causing tooth decay. If you or someone you love has diabetes, make sure that dental health is also kept at the top of the list of important considerations of your overall health.
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