Diabetes is usually a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood. High blood sugar levels can cause several symptoms, including: blurry vision; excess thirst; fatigue and excessive hunger. Long term effects of the diabetic disease process often include nerve damage (neuropathy), and damage to organs like the heart, kidneys and eyes. Heart attack and stoke are the major causes of death for diabetics.
People with diabetes also face a higher risk of gum disease, also known as gingivitis and periodontitis. With diabetes, the body’s ability to fight infections is reduced. Since periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, uncontrolled diabetics often experience more frequent and more severe gum disease.
The Clinic offers a comprehensive diabetic treatment and education program to over 170 diabetic patients, 52 of whom are insulin dependent. We need your support of our work.
Here are examples of what your donations can provide.
$50 A donation of $50 would provide five boxes of syringes for insulin users.
$100 A donation of $100 would provide antibiotic therapy for 1 appointment. (6 appointments are often necessary to treat periodontal disease.)
$150 A donation of $150 would purchase 5 brand new scalers OR 5 bottles of antibacterial mouth rinse, both used in the treatment of periodontal disease.
$500 A donation of $500 provides 125 diabetic educational brochures in both English and Spanish.
$1,000 A donation of $1,000 would allow us to purchase 5 tips used on the Cavitron Prophy Jet in the treatment of periodontal disease.
$1,500 A donation of $1,500 would provide glucose testing strips for one year for 4 patients who need to test twice a day.
$2,000 A donation of $2,000 would provide glucose testing strips for one year for 3 patients on insulin who need to test 3-4 a day.
$2,500 A donation of $2,500 would allow us to purchase a new Cavitron Prophy Jet used in the treatment of periodontal disease, often a result of diabetes (Currently our equipment is refurbished and 15 years old.)