Diabetes Awareness Week at CFD Leigh
Date: 7 June 2019 Category: Practice News
Do you know exactly how much sugar is in your favourite food and drink? Join the CFD Leigh team on Wednesday 12th June 2019 to find out!
Centre for Dentistry in Leigh will be hosting an event in honour of Diabetes Awareness Week on Wednesday 12th June in the foyer of Sainsbury’s, Atherleigh Way. Diabetes Awareness Week is a time where people can learn more about the disease and be encouraged to talk about their experiences, whilst being supported by others who can relate in the ‘diabetes community’. Join the team and Mr Molar to have a go at their “sugar challenge” and see how much of the sweet stuff you may be consuming and how to maintain great oral health.
Sugar, diabetes, and your oral health
According to Diabetes UK, although sugar does not directly cause diabetes – too much sugar in our diets can cause us to gain weight. Being overweight can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes or make it trickier to control the disease if you already have it. Type 1 diabetes isn’t caused by excess sugar as it’s an autoimmune disease. But what’s the link between sugar, diabetes, and your oral health?
- Excess sugar in your diet can not only cause weight gain, but increase the risk of oral health problems.The high sugar content in treats such as fizzy pop; chocolate and sweets can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. This is caused by the bacteria on your teeth feeding off the sugar and producing an acid which erodes your enamel. It can take up to 40 minutes for this acid and it’s effects to clear, so consuming sugary goods throughout the day will lead to repeated acid attacks on the teeth. To find out more about acid erosion, read our blog all about pH levels in the mouth.
- Those with diabetes have to be extra careful with their oral health as there are strong links to the disease and periodontitis. One of the reasons for this, according to Diabetes.co.uk is ‘Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause levels of glucose to rise in the saliva and this creates a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease and dental decay’. If you do have diabetes it’s key to inform your dentist and see them for regular check ups.
Take on the “Sugar Challenge”
Bring the whole family along on Wednesday 12th June between 12pm and 6pm to meet the CFD Leigh team to have a go at their sugar challenge, find out more about the practice and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes! The team will also be on hand to answer your questions about maintaining great oral health and how sugar can affect our smiles.
The dental practice’s location and online appointment booking offers convenience for patients and with flexible opening hours, a visit to the dentist no longer has to be time taken out of work or school. Whether it’s been 6 months or 10 years since your last check-up, take the first steps today and pop in to have a chat and a cuppa with one of the CFD Leigh dentists (Rosie,Christina, Eleni, Rohan), and the team who are more than happy to help. We offer an annual dental plan which is great value, providing two routine check ups and two scale and polish appointments per year as a cost effective way to maintain your oral health. The plan also includes discounts on Philips Sonicare and selected Oral-B electric toothbrushes along with seasonal offers on other retail products and treatments.
If you would like to find out more or book your new patient examination simply contact the team below.