I’d like to propose my own hypothesis for the high incidence of dental issues among people with diabetes. I know the medical community at large attributes these problems to high blood sugar and impeded circulation, but I’m convinced the real culprit is treating lows in the middle of the night.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I never brush my teeth after a midnight face-stuffing session, no matter what I’ve eaten. I know it’s a terrible habit, and it’s pretty disgusting — I’m reminded every time I wake up to a taste in my mouth that’s something like a mix of week-old Greek yogurt, Pixie Stix and cat fur.
After the adrenaline rush (or CGM alarm) that jolts me awake, the sweaty, shaky trip to the kitchen, the granola-bar-and-Juicy-Juice feast itself, and the post-low exhaustion that rapidly sets in, I just want to curl up in a ball — not concentrate on my oral hygiene.
Am I alone here? Please say I’m not.