Diabetes and Oral Health: Things You Need To Know Now

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DIABETES and Oral Health - Things You Need To Know To Know Now

DIABETES & ORAL HEALTH: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW!

Research links Gum Disease to…

  • Diabetic complications
  • Pregnancies-Premature and low-weight births
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • As well as…Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Pancreatic Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, Lung Conditions, and Bacterial pneumonia!

The Danger of Gum Disease

By now you understand, Oral Health is about more than bad breath. For those of us who live with Diabetes type 1 or type 2, poor Oral Health can literally be the difference between life and death. [1] For me, the objective is to prevent any degree of gum disease and in so doing, prevent the potential for diabetic complications. Little did I know that my solution would be as simple as the groundbreaking toothbrush…The 30 Second Smile Toothbrush!

Why Share This Life-Saving Information?

For those of you who follow me on curemoll.com, you know that I rarely recommend a product…that is until now! However, this information about an innovative and technologically advanced toothbrush is too important to not share with the entire diabetic community, their families and friends.

My Experience30-second-smile-ad-curemoll

Let me backup…some months ago, I was introduced to this new and groundbreaking technology. I was curious, but I thought it’s just another toothbrush right? Don’t’ they all do the same thing the same way? The answer was a resounding NO! Not this brush!  The 30 Second Toothbrush was different from anything I had ever seen or used. This brush did the work for me instead of me trying to work the brush.

Because of this brush I discovered I wasn’t properly brushing my teeth…are you? To be honest, I thought I knew how to brush my teeth, but to my surprise I learned I really didn’t! On a side note, I’ll tell you that because I have diabetes I work extra hard to be hands-on and take care of myself, including frequently brushing my teeth throughout the day, however I now know that when it comes to my oral health, that wasn’t enough, it didn’t matter how many times I brushed…if I wasn’t doing it correctly.

There really is a correct way to brush your teeth!

You see, there is an exact way to brush your teeth (front, back, bottom, angles etc.) and unless you do it properly every time, twice a day, using circular motions, at precisely a 45 degree angle with the brush always touching the teeth and the gum, using a soft brush (never hard), for a minimum of two minutes with an electric brush and 3 minutes with a manual brush…you are not brushing properly and you may be putting yourself at risk for gum disease that can lead to a multitude of serious health issues. [2]

Brushing Incorrectly and the potential for human error

This is why I am so grateful that I was introduced to the 30-Second Smile Toothbrush…”Every other toothbrush ever developed is reliant on the user’s skill to be effective, but as I just explained most of us probably don’t brush our teeth precisely as required…every time we brush. If a patient uses one of those products and doesn’t take the time to brush properly, then they will never achieve an acceptable result. 30 Second Smile changes all the rules for proper oral care. When a patient uses this brush, there is no more guesswork, no more hoping they will do a good job. There is no need for a timer, and no more hunting and pecking, twisting and turning to brush those hard to reach areas.” [3]

How the 30 Second Smile Toothbrush works

“The 30 Second Smile toothbrush uses 6 microbrush heads that surround your teeth in soft bristles automatically cleaning the top, bottom, front, back, and biting surfaces, simultaneously…all you do is guide the brush like it is on a track!” [3]

It is the easiest, coolest, toohbrush I have ever used!

Why I made the switch to the 30 Second Smile Toothbrush

I feel strongly that The HydraBrush 30 Second Smile Toothbrush helps me prevent gum disease, which translates into good Oral Health and less potential for diabetic complications…it literally accomplishes everything I could hope for and more from a toothbrush!

Approximately, 95% of Americans who have diabetes also have periodontal disease. (4)
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Comparison of the HydraBrush Tooth Brush with Two Commerically-Available Powered Toothbrushes

Hydrabrush Comparison #1 to Sonicare Plus and Braun Oral-B 3D Excel Powered Toothbrushes

In Clinical studies The HydraBrush 30 Second Smile group had significantly less stain and gingival intensity compared to the Sonicare group.

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Hydrabrush Comparison #2 to Sonicare Plus and Braun Oral-B 3D Excel Powered Toothbrushes

At 4, 8 and 12 weeks, the HydraBrush group had statistically significantly less plaque than the Sonicare group.

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Georgia Health Sciences Clinical Study

Improved gingival health can be achieved in shorter brushing time using the Hydrabrush/30 Second Smile toothbrush. This may improve oral hygiene compliance for all patients, especially those with dexterity issues.

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Equally Important For All Of Us…

You Can Have Peace of Mind

The 30 Second Smile Toothbrush truly gives me peace of mind and it is the only brush I will ever use again, but don’t believe just me…Read the Clinical Studies and listen to professionals like Dr. Howard Farran, Founder & CEO of Dentaltown.com and Dental Town Magazine who said… The HydraBrush is the most amazing preventative dental toothbrush I have ever seen in my dental career.

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For more information on the 30 Second Toothbrush and how to save 5% on whatever you purchase, be sure to use the DISCOUNT CODE: CUREMOLL at checkout! 


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SOURCES: [1]  [2] [3] [4]

Disclosures: Hydrabrush 30 Second Smile provided me with products at no charge. Hydrabrush does not compensate me for content on curemoll as a blogger.

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Message Monday: Why I Blog

Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday - Why I Blog

On this first day of #dblogweek, why am I here? Why am I writing this? Why am I still blogging about diabetes after all of these years? The truth is, when I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I was only 4 years old and the only diabetic around me was……….me.  I was the only person in my grade school who had juvenile diabetes until the middle of high school, but we only knew we were both diabetics because the nurse had their extra supplies in her office. I was the only one who had to poke my fingers in the middle of class. I was the only one in my school who needed insulin before eating lunch, who had to have sugar free popsicles instead of those red, white, and blue ones. I was the only one who had a purse, well a [big] purse full of life saving supplies at a very very young age. I was the only diabetic trying to use an insulin pump and wearing the pump site or taking a shot, feeling how much it hurt. Diabetes wise, I felt alone.

mjwalkbreakfastNow don’t get me wrong…my sister and I, along with our Mom and Aunt Mama, my diabetic angels, began advocating for more funding for research to find a cure mjGMAgroupwhen we were 5 years old. We were featured in a weekly “Video Diary” on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson. We all were speaking for those who couldn’t. Being able to tell my story, to hear Jackie, without diabetes – talk about what it’s like as the sister of a diabetic, to hear my Mom describe how she barely sleeps at night, because she is awake worrying about me….To tell other people, not just diabetics, how much we need a cure, that is my diabetes awareness message – whether it’s through blogging, testifying, through our music to donate to research, or through those video diaries.

When I first started blogging, there wasn’t a name for our community or a hashtag, but we all knew of each other and kept a “blogroll” of our diabetic friends. We each shared experiences, maybe daily conversations we had with other people, new pump stories, our [many] frustrations, and positive things too! (I know! They do DIABETES-ROLLERCOASTERexist!)

But really, until I met what is called the Diabetes Online Community (that’s “DOC” for short) where I found other people writing about their experience with diabetes I found out I wasn’t the only one.

Yes, I met other diabetics at conferences and Fundraising Galas, and Walk to Cure Diabetes Events, but it’s not like when you’re 10 years old, you’re going to talk on the phone a lot, send a fax, write a letter, and email each other about diabetes, right? But we did. And technology changed, so web-chatting became blogging.  I started blogging because I knew there were other diabetics out there looking for the same information I was. Even if it was just to read my ranting of my day sometimes, it’s what I am going through, and if my message of the day is not always positive or perfect, that’s ok, because diabetes has it’s ups and downs. I can go from “yay, my blood sugar is 100”  to “i hate diabetes today, i want to throw my pump across the room” moments.
Diabetes is a roller coaster, whether we see it on our CGM graph or not. Sometimes it’s only on twitter, or a picture on instagram, or I will explain exactly what I’m feeling like with a lot more than 140 characters on here, but now, I know I am not alone and I hope you know you aren’t either. We’re all in this together, and we all have moments to share, and I am grateful to have a place to go to share my experiences!


What is Diabetes Blog Week? Click here for an explanation and to sign up.
You can also check out the topics over here and you can find a list of participants over here. And don’t forget to check out the DBlogWeek Facebook page here. Sending a special Thank you to Karen Graffeo, of Bitter Sweet Diabetes!

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I Wish, I Dream, I Imagine, I Pray That Diabetics Will Have Their Day

I Wish, I Dream, I Imagine, I Pray - Mollie Singer, poem on curemoll.com

Even though it is almost the end of April, it is still National Poetry Month, so I would like to re-post a throwback to 2006…

I am still optimistic, wishing, dreaming, and praying for a cure.

I would like to read a poem about juvenile diabetes. I have had diabetes since I was four years old and now I am fifteen. I wrote this poem about my disease and what it will be like for me when the cure is found. I started this poem by writing down many of the thoughts that have gone through my head regarding diabetes. I’m a very optimistic person, so I intentionally wrote “I wish, I dream, I imagine, I pray” to show what I think the future will be like once the cure is found.

Diabetes causes diabetics like me to have good days and bad days. Most of the time, I am in control of my disease, but there are times when the disease gets the better of me and I feel like I just want to cry myself to sleep. I understand that most people don’t know and probably don’t want to know the truth of how difficult it is to live with this disease and the toll diabetes takes on a diabetic’s body, it is too depressing. For this reason, I feel it is important to write about how diabetics remain positive, rather than dwell on the negativity in their lives. Diabetics accomplish this goal and see the blue sky thought the dark clouds by focusing on their future, which of course includes the day juvenile diabetes, is finally cured.

The poem is called, “I wish, I dream, I imagine, I pray” because this is what I do every morning of every day. I really do wish, dream, imagine, and pray. I pray every morning when I wake up and every night before I go to sleep, “God, please help the researchers find the cure for diabetes and every other disease. Alleviate the pain and suffering that those of us living with chronic diseases endure and replace it with joy and peace.” This poem reveals my wish for a miracle, as a dream about the day the cure will be found and I imagine my uncontainable excitement as the phone rings and I hear, “Mollie, they’ve cured diabetes!” Those words will make me and every other diabetic the happiest people in the world and millions of us will excitedly shed tears of joy, tears of relief, and above all, tears of gratitude!

I Wish, I Dream, I Imagine, I Pray

I wish, I dream, I imagine, I pray
That diabetes will go away
And someday soon a cure will be found
And there will be plenty of joy around.

I wish, I dream, I imagine, I pray
That the doctors will find a cure today
For many have suffered year after year,
With no hope of a cure being near.

I wish, I dream, I imagine, I pray
That once and for all,
Diabetics will have their day
Free from shots
Free from pokes
Free from schedules
Free from jokes.
I wish, I dream, I imagine, I pray
A cure will be found today.

©Mollie Singer

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I Wish, I Dream, I Imagine, I Pray - Mollie Singer, poem on curemoll.com

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Tutorial Tuesday: T:slim Grab and Go

Tutorial Tuesday: T:Slim Grab and Go

It’s Tuesday!  So naturally it’s Tutorial Tuesday – T:slim Grab and Go!

When I first got my Tandem T:slim pump and was being trained by a pump specialist, my trainer gave me a wonderful tip that I wanted to share with all of you! As you may know, when you get a box of cartridges, it comes with the needle, cartridge, and syringe. All separate. Which is awesome! But when you’re in a hurry or getting ready to travel, sometimes people forget one piece to this puzzle and then they can’t use a syringe to draw the insulin out of the bottle…like some people we know (me!)

Cue plastic sandwich bags, and my problem has been solved!

So basically, if you have some sandwich bags lying around in your kitchen drawer and your pump supplies, then you have everything you need!

Step 1: Start with 1 of each of the supplies from the t:slim Cartridge Supply Box.
You will need:

    • 1 syringe
    • 1 fill needle
    • 1 cartridge
    • 1 sandwich bag

Step 2: Insert all 3 supplies into a plastic sandwich bag. (You could totally add an insertion set too! see photos below…)

Step 3: Repeat this process until all supplies are in separate sandwich bags.
(This way, when you’re in a hurry running out the door in the morning but need to change your site, [like i have many times] you grab a bottle of insulin, an insertion set, and your “cartridge bag” and ta-dah! You have everything and are totally ready for a set change!)

Note: You could either place all of the grab-and-go bags back into the box by pushing down the middle partition cardboard, or you could add the bags to wherever else you keep your supplies, whether it is a plastic bin or perfectly sized drawer.
After each use, since I “normally” change my site at home, I reuse the bags, but if I am traveling, I have found that having that extra bag to place each piece of the wrapper and the needle into becomes super helpful.

Here’s a pictorial because I am a visual learner and need to see an example of this. 😉

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My Diabetes is feeling 22 (ooh ooh)

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Yep, I feel like i have to sing that in my head when i say the title of my blog post…in a Taylor Swift song kind of way.

I don’t know about you! But I’m feeling twenty-two! Everything will be alright if we keep dancing like my diabetes is 22, ooh-ooh. Twenty-two, ooh-ooh.

I don’t know about you, but I will be alright when we find the cure.

No more needles, no more pokes, no more worrying, no more bottles of insulin, no more test strips everywhere (I found one inside my shoe the other day), no more drinking apple juice because I have to…no more blood drops, no more diabetes.

But until that awesome day comes where the cure for Diabetes is found, I’m going to keep dancing and celebrate the fact that it’s been 22 years and I have NO complications from Diabetes. I’m pretty lucky, blessed, happy, thankful, and grateful! Thank you everyone who has helped me make it this far with my diabetes. My mom Jackie, my sister Jackie, my “aunt mama” Mollie,
my uncle b – Berlyn, my doctors, my friends, and all researchers!

Thank you for all that you do, even if it’s just a hug, and let’s not have another 22 years of this, ok? 🙂

Mollie Singer | curemoll.com – @curemoll – mj2twins

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Being In Sync

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When my blood sugar and #Dexcom are perfectly in sync with each other….I’d say this is a #happy #moment! #positiveside #diabetes #diabetesawareness #cgm #diabetic #t1d #cgmsensor

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Twin Power

#Twin Power! 🙂 #twins #twinning

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Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the greatest Grandfather we ever had! He was the one who taught us what love looks like, taught us how to ride a bike, and how to count to eleventy-two! We miss you and love you more than you’ll ever know!! #fatherday #memories #missyou #grandpa #greatestgeneration

Happy Father’s Day Uncle B! To the man who’s been there since we were born, you mean the world to us! We love you so much!!!!!! ❤️#fathersday #unclesday #love #family

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Nice Way To Start A Monday

Nice way to start a #Monday! #bgnow #thelittlethings #diabetes #type1 #dexcom #grateful #happy #cgm

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Flying with a , Airplanes, TSA, going through Airport Security, ANY TIPS???

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2 Arrows Down Equals Apple Juice

2 arrows down on my CGM Sensor saying my blood sugar is 46….couldnt help but take a picture of my Gigantic Gallon bottle of juice! Think it’ll be enough? 😉 #applejuice #noididntdrinkitAll #diabetes #t1d #dexcom

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Day 1

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On #day1 of #Diabetes Awareness Month, I’m wearing blue + ready to #FallBack my pump, tester, and #dexcom CGM receiver tonight before 2am! #happynovember #diabetesblue

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My Thursday of Site Changes

My Thursday consisted of 3 new pump site changes, and a new #dexcom cgm set. #somuchstuff #ick #diabetes

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