Oral Health Management Tips for Diabetes Patients from Dr. Foti Panagakos


Dr. Foti Panagakos


Worldwide Director of Research Relations and Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive
Dr. Panagakos received his DMD from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1992. After years as a faculty member at New Jersey Dental School, he joined the Colgate-Palmolive Oral Care Clinical Research Department.

Follow these simple tips to help take charge of your oral health and diabetes:

  • 1Take Charge with Small Steps Take small steps to transform your life and your health. Walk one extra block before returning home, eat smaller portions of your favorite foods and brush your teeth after every meal. As you slowly make changes, keep your doctor and family informed. They’ll help you keep a positive attitude and on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

  • 2Talk to Your Doctor and Your Dentist Your doctor plays an integral role in helping you to manage your diabetes health, but your dentist is important, too. Make sure your doctor and your dentist know how to contact each other and are sharing information so they can work together on your treatment plan.

  • 3Explore All Professional Oral Care Options People with diabetes are more susceptible to serious gum disease, so it is important to take good care of your teeth and gums by getting regular dental checkups every six months. If you don’t have a dentist or dental insurance, a dental school in your area can be a great resource. Most dental schools also have clinics where the cost is often lower than visiting a private-practice dentist.

  • 4Take Preventive Steps Against Gum Disease Research suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes can go two ways. Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control. Also, taking steps recommended by your doctor to control your diabetes can decrease your likelihood of developing gum disease.

  • 5Choose Your Toothpaste Wisely One simple step to help take charge of your gum health and to help prevent early gum disease is to brush for two minutes twice a day with a toothpaste specially formulated for gum health, such as Colgate Total®, and floss at least once a day. Colgate Total® is the only toothpaste FDA-approved and American Dental Association-accepted to help prevent gingivitis.*

*Colgate Total® is approved through the New Drug Application Process to help prevent plaque, gingivitis and cavities. Not approved for the prevention or treatment of serious gum disease or other diseases.