Overlooked Twice a Year "Miracle Treatment" for Diabetes Could Help Millions
Dental cleaning shown to help lower A1C
By Wil Dubois
Have you heard about Dencleanna? The diabetes treatment you only need to take twice a year? Dencleanna is equal to any diabetes treatment we have, lowering A1C up to a full point! That means if you were at, say, 8.2%, this twice-per-year-therapy could drop you to 7.2%.
It's safe, cheap, and effective. Ready to sign up yet? OK! Then ask your doctor if a dentist is right for you.
Get it? Den-clean-na? As in dental cleaning?
It got so quiet I could hear a pin drop.
OK, so here's the deal. Sorry if I misled you, but I needed to get your attention. No one likes to talk about dental stuff. But everything I've told you is true. A twice-per-year dental cleaning will lower your blood sugar as well as any diabetes pill in our arsenal. And unlike drugs, it's side-effect free. It won't make you sunburn easily. It won't cause edema. It won't give you the runs. It's not contraindicated with any other prescription or over-the-counter med.
Of course, if you'd rather take yet another pill to get your blood sugar in control, just pop a Tic-Tac in your mouth while you're in your dentist's waiting room reading five-year-old copies of National Geographic. You'll feel like you're taking a real med and your dental hygienist will thank you.
So, how on earth is this possible? Well, we gotta talk about bugs. Bugs that live in your teeth and gums. Eww. Gross. The brutal truth is that bacteria live, and thrive, on sugar. That's probably why gum disease (known in more formal circles as periodontal disease) is hugely more common amongst people with diabetes than it is in people without diabetes.
The most recent statistics from the feds show that PWDs have double the risk of periodontal disease overall, and those of us over the age of 45 whose blood sugars are… ummm… you know… less than perfect… have a threefold risk of having severe gum disease. Severe gum disease leads to the euphemistic-sounding "loss of attachment" between the gum and the tooth.
Yeah. Your frickin' teeth fall out.
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