Tuesday, May 14, 2013

We, The Undersigned - DBlog Week, Day #2

Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) - get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? (Thanks to Briley of inDpendence for this topic suggestion.)

We, the teeth in mouths of Type 1 Diabetics everywhere, petition to end hypoglycemic reactions that occur immediately after we have been brushed.

I mean seriously, diabetes, seriously?! Right after a good brushing and Listerine-ing? It seems as though you sit quietly, rubbing your scheming diabetes-hand together until we have finished our bedtime cleansing routine. That is the only period in a 24 hour day when we DO NOT want something sweet and delicious swirling around us. Have you ever tried orange juice after minty toothpaste? Not a delightful combo, which is impressive considering almost everything is palatable when feeling low. 

What that, diabetes? Glucose tabs, you say? Like we really want to mash and grind SUGAR into our pearly white selves after undergoing vigorous scrubbing and flossing? That seems like a good recipe for insanity.

Being teeth, we are all privy to the fact that poorly controlled diabetes increases plaque formation and cavities. This is supposed to be from increased sugar in saliva when blood sugars are out of range. The head in which we rest is trying real hard to keep those numbers under control, but sometimes out-of-range stuff is inevitable. But you know what doesn't help AT ALL? Forcing us to chomp and get rinsed in pure, sticky sugar when we're at our very cleanest. 

So give hypos after night-time brushing a rest, diabetes. Cause we could really use some rest, too.

To read other blog posts on this topic, click for the We, The Undersigned - Tuesday 5/14 Link List


  1. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to put the glucose tablet all the way toward the back of my mouth to try to have it dissolve without touching my newly-brushed teeth. It never seems to work.

    1. Never works for me, unless my goal is to almost choke myself to death. It's pretty good for that.

  2. I quarter the glucose tablets and swallow them whole with whatever liquid I happen to have in my bottle. @thecharliedward

  3. I'd definitely sign this petition!

  4. Oh HECK yeah I'd sign this! How do our BG's know that we've just brushed?! It's crazy! :-)