Diabetes and Oral Care - Creating a Healthy Tips Oral Care Basket With Colgate Total

Diabetes and Oral Care – Creating a Healthy Tips Oral Care Basket With Colgate Total

Several people I love have diabetes.  Chances are that you know someone with diabetes, too.  I have always felt that I knew  lot about diabetes but I did not know that it could affect a person’s oral health. It makes sense that it could.  In fact, if you have diabetes, you are two times more likely to develop gum disease.  Colgate is working to spread awareness of this connection by placing special displays in many Walmart Neighborhood Markets.  These displays highlight Colgate Total which is the only toothpaste approved by the FDA to help fight gingivitis. The display also has a brochure with great tips for diabetics and a coupon for $1.00 off Colgate Total.

According to the brochure:

  • Serious gum disease can potentially contribute to the progression of the disease in a diabetic.
  • Gum disease can lead to tooth sensitivity and gum recession.
  • Colgate is a national strategic partner of the American Diabetes Association.

Here is what the display looks like so that you can look for it in your Walmart Neighborhood Market. You can see my shopping story here.

I put together a Healthy Tips Oral Care Basket for my mom.  She is diabetic and I am not sure if she knows the connection between diabetes and oral health. I decided to keep the basket pretty simple.  I used a ceramic fall themed basket and, knowing my mom’s sense of humor, gave it the title So Your Teeth Don’t “Fall” Out. It includes Colgate Total, some Colgate coupons, a toothbrush, the brochure from the display (with the coupon!), and some apples.

If you want to learn more about diabetes and oral health, head over to the Diabetes and Oral Care page at Colgate. Here is a list of signs to watch for from Colgate’s page:

If you notice any of the following 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


You might be asking yourself how the apples ended up in this oral care basket. Well, surely you have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I hope that is true because we eat them like they are going out of style around here! I once heard a doctor say that the best candy for a diabetic is fruit. Check out these beauties.

Also, everyone should remember to get regular dental cleanings and check ups. Check out what Colgate has to offer your mouth. #ColgateTotal4Health

Mom always said “Take care of your teeth.”
Guess I should have listened!


I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Colgate. #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own.


About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Karen Medlin says

    Our teen big guy was diagnosed last year with diabetes.. thanks for the info on what we need to watch for!

  2. Debra Givens-Wagner says

    Great article and love Rubys scary teeth!

  3. Auntie Pamela says

    Wow, who would have thought that teeth were a big issue with diabetics? Thanks for the info. BTW, we use Colgate Total and it really makes your mouth fresh all day.

  4. That’s a great basket! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Nena Sinclair says

    Thanks for the great info! I’m diabetic, so I certainly appreciate it!

  6. My mom is diabetic, I probably should send her a basket too.

  7. Lori Trezza says

    I’m diabetic so I know how important oral care is! This is a great idea because it’s one of the last things people think about!

  8. Lindsay Lee says

    Yep I can totally relate to the gum disease thing. Unfortunately I found out I had that this year. When I was pregnant with my daughter I ended up getting it. Now I have to have a whole bunch of stuff done to my teeth. It’s not fun and it costs lots of money. =(

  9. Andria Marie de Guzman says

    my ancestors has diabetics history in both side .,., thats why im so curious on how to prevent it happen to me and to my family .,.,

  10. Insightful post ; I never knew that diabetes could actually affect your teeth. I always thought that the fact that diabetics don’t eat sugar meant that they always had good oral hygiene! The condition affects the tissues, which could be worse than tooth cavities, if you ask me. I love the informational posts on here ; I’ll be back for more.


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