Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States and one in four of them do not know they have it.1 It affects your body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn sugar into energy. Excess sugar in your blood can lead to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease and oral health issues.
Oral health problems associated with diabetes.
Diabetics are more likely to experience gum disease at an earlier age than those who do not have the disease. Periodontal disease can also change blood glucose levels, making diabetes more difficult to manage. Understand how too much blood sugar can cause pain and infections in your mouth causing problems for your:
Taking care of your teeth and gums is vitally important when you have diabetes. Brushing twice and flossing daily with a fluoride toothpaste and using a mouthwash is essential to combat the harmful bacteria and remove plaque. Additional dental cleanings, more than twice a year, can have an impact on your health and can even help to control blood glucose levels. TruAssure offers enhanced benefits that allow for extra cleanings for individuals who have diabetes, are pregnant or are receiving radiation – see if your plan includes this coverage. Ask your dentist if you would benefit from more frequent cleanings. Find a network dentist.
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/quick-facts.html
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* All TruAssure dental plans, other than Basic and Preferred dental plans, are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the DenteMax, United Concordia and Connection dental networks. TruAssure Basic and Preferred dental plans for both group and individual members are offered in association with the DenteMax dental network.
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