Brush with death

Did you know that diabetes doubles your risk of serious gum disease?

If the answer to that question is no, you’re in good company. According to a new survey, 66 percent of US adults are unaware of the strong links between high blood sugar and dental problems.

What’s more, while more than half of the respondents reported showing signs of gum disease, 67 percent didn’t discuss these problems with their doctor. And to make matters worse, 59 percent responded that they weren’t concerned about gum disease… while only 38 percent of diabetics said that they gave their oral health significant attention.

This is a very big problem.

Poor oral health is linked to a seemingly endless array of crippling conditions. Heart disease. Premature birth. Osteoporosis. Alzheimer’s disease. The list goes on.

I’m not overstating the matter when I tell you that knowing what’s going on in your mouth could keep you alive longer. That’s just the plain truth. So it’s a good thing that the solution here is simple.

Start paying attention. Brush, floss, and go to the dentist for regular oral check-ups. Because whether you have diabetes or not, a little extra dental care may wind up saving your life.