Diabetes and Your Mouth: It’s in the Numbers

According to the American Diabetes Association:

  1. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  2. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke.
  3. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Did you know that your dentist can help detect diabetes? There are a range of signs, including oral yeast infections and periodontal disease that may indicate diabetic symptoms.

Keeping your dental health and overall wellness optimal also means keeping healthy blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels.  You can help manage this by following a balanced meal plan, engaging in an active lifestyle with sufficient physical activity, and taking blood glucose-lowering medications as you need them over the years.

Also check out the Frequently Asked Questions About Diabetes page from the National Institute of Health.