Published On: Mon, Nov 10th, 2014

4 Facts That Will Make Diabetics Think Twice About Oral Health!

Just a few weeks ago I shared the following…

Getting a Diabetes diagnosis can really turn your world upside down because choosing to stay healthy is going to take some commitment. As a Latino, I think it is important that a heath provider have insight on his patient’s culture to really speak to them in a way that will gain commitment and ensure success. When I was diagnosed, I was already surrounded by an amazing group of people from a Latino initiatives program by one of the leaders in Diabetes prevention. Being in that circle allowed me a deeper understanding of how Diabetes was really going to impact me in real life.

In the spirit of paying it forward, I teamed up with our friends at Colgate Total  who connected me with celebrity dentist Dr. Karent Sierra who will share some valuable insight on how to manage diabetes from a Latino perspective.

[Read more: Taking Even The Smallest Steps Can Help When Managing Diabetes]


Today we are sharing 4 facts via infographic that will make you think twice about how diabetes impacts your oral health… these are real stats that will help you put your health in perspective.



In some states, over 10% of the population has diabetes*!



People with Diabetes are 2X more likely to develop Gum Disease!


As of 2014 nearly 30 million Americans have Diabetes

and more than 1 out of 3 adults have Prediabetes! FB_Colgate_Infogram_102114_R8NM

 Did you know that 75% of American adults have some form of Gum Disease.


CALL TO ACTION! Now that you read this… you own this.

What will you do to make a difference?

To better equip people with diabetes and their families with resources to take care of their smiles, Colgate Total® has teamed up with “Small Steps Make a Big Difference” experts. Some members of the expert panel will make appearances at health events across the U.S., including the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out®: Walk to Stop Diabetes® that is being held in Los Angeles on November 15, and providing “small steps” tips via social media in English and Spanish.

“People living with diabetes already know that small steps – like managing your stress to help keep your appetite in check – can make a big difference in personal health over time, and the same could be said of oral health,” said Natalie Strand, M.D. “A small, easy step people can do is brush twice a day with Colgate Total®, which can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks”. 

 More information on the connection between oral health and diabetes and small steps to improve gum health are available at as well as in Spanish.



Disclosure: This post is part of a paid campaign with Colgate Total promoting better oral health. All opinions are my own.

4 Facts That Will Make Diabetics Think Twice About Oral Health!