This summer I spent six long weeks in pain. Broke a tooth eating corn nuts (I KNEW that I shouldn't have purchased that from the vending machine) and went through the process and expense of a crown only to end up begging/demanding that the tooth be pulled.
The experience finally opened my eyes to reality, and I really DO CARE about having diabetes. My blood glucose readings are much better, and physically and mentally I am better. My choices are not perfect, but at least I am thinking about what I'm doing. Have also lost over ten pounds.
Have had gum disease most of my life, but I am once again back into taking care of my teeth and gums. Next periodontal cleaning is in January. Would be nice if there were some noticeable improvement in my dental care when I see the hygenist again. I'm trying. That's the first and next step rolled into one.