NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH – Dental Visits, Brushing And Flossing Play Key Role In Diabetes Precautions

brushing flossingIn recognition of National Diabetes Month, Dr. Linda Chous, UnitedHealthcare’s chief eye care officer, recommends four precautions for patients with diabetes to take to stay healthy – including a few for oral health care.

  • Maintain an oral health care regimen of regular flossing and brushing using toothpaste with an antiplaque or antibacterial ingredient and preferably with an electric toothbrush.
  • Schedule regular dental and vision checkups and alert your dentist and eye care professional if you have diabetes.
  • Take normal medications prior to dental and vision visits unless your dentist or doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Check blood sugar often to ensure you are managing your levels effectively.

More Diabetes Facts

  • Diabetic retinopathy – occurring when the disease damages tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina – is the leading cause of blindness in the United States among people between the ages of 20 and 74.
  • People with either Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and vision complications related to diabetes that extend beyond retinopathy including increased risk of developing glaucoma and cataracts.
  • Eye examinations play a significant role in diagnosing, monitoring and managing diabetes. Changes in vision – such as blurriness, seeing spots or persistent redness – can be symptomatic of the disease.
  • About 26 million people are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk for diabetes.
  • You can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes by losing 5% to 7% of your body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person, and by making simple lifestyle changes, such as getting 150 minutes of physical activity a week and eating a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables.

Learn more about the National Diabetes Education Program
Read all about the National Diabetes Prevention Program
Click here to read the Diabetes Resource Page
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