Did you know that there is a strong connection between Diabetes and oral health? Diabetes can reduce the body’s resistance to infection, which can affect gums. A common oral health problem associated with diabetes is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums. High glucose levels in saliva help plaque thrive on your teeth. Plaque can harden into tartar which makes brushing and cleaning between teeth more difficult.
It is important for people with Diabetes to look for the following. If you notice any of these warning signs of periodontal disease, see your dentist immediately:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
Colgate is working to spread awareness of this connection. My father in law is a diabetic and my husband is at high risk. They have a long line of Diabetics in their family. For this reason I work to stay up on the latest research and advice to helping them stay healthy. Colgate is spreading the word by having a large display at participating Walmart Neighborhood Markets. This was so exciting to see! You can see details on my shopping trip here.
The display offered 2 varieties of Colgate Total, Toothbrushes, 1 flavor of standard Colgate toothpaste, and information. There was a lot of information. They had pamphlets that were free to take and share. Each was filled with great information about why Diabetics are at a higher risk of infection and how to help prevent it. On the display there was a code and I couldn’t resist scanning it. It quickly takes shoppers to a link with tons of great information.
I immediately thought of my father in law. The information in the pamphlet explained that the Colgate Total was perfect for helping prevent the build up and therefore disease. And to make this even easier on me each pamphlet had a $1 off Colgate Total COUPON on the back. I remembered reading that the Colgate Total was the best for this situation so this was perfect. The $2.97 toothpaste was going to cost me only $1.97 each! That meant I could get more than I originally thought. I bought 4 Colgate Total toothpastes: 2 Whitening and 2 Advanced Clean. Also the toothbrushes were conveniently placed on top of the display so I grabbed 2 of those. I also took several pamphlets with me.
I wanted to think of a cute idea of how to give this to him. A cute basket came to mind. I needed to put something fun in it so that it was not all serious get healthy materials. I thought about sugar free candies in a fun basket made by kids. He would love that! I took one more stop by the dollar store to grab some cute things for the basket.
I take every opportunity to educate my kids so when I arrived home I called my little ones in to talk. My daughter is always so curious so she was really interested in this. She wanted to know more about what grandpa had. She wanted to know if she had it too. So we slowly discussed oral health as well as diabetes. Once she had it down she was all for making this cute basket!
We had several flavors of sugar free candies. I decided to keep one toothpaste for my husband along with the pamphlet The other 3 toothpaste were going in the basket. We filled that thing up. What fun that was! When it was done we had a basket with shredded paper, candies, 2 toothbrushes, 3 Colgate Total toothpaste and 2 of the pamphlets. This way he had some educational information as well as the tools to act on those tips from Colgate. We included 2 toothbrushes at my daughters request. She didn’t want grandma to feel left out. So I need to go get another for my poor husband.
The time had come to deliver the Oral Care Gift Basket to grandpa. Since my daughter was so passionate about this topic now she wanted to do the honors. I was happy to let her. When she presented it to him we asked her to explain to him why his oral health is so important, why he is more prone to and why. It was a pretty awesome moment! Little man joined in.
I encourage all of my readers to look for this display at your Walmart Neighborhood Market. Do you know someone with Diabetes? Gather some items and create something cute for them. Make the information fun for all! If you are unable to find the display you can still find out all the info on Diabetes, Oral Care and Colgate online.