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Popular TV Chef Paula Deen recently announced that she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  While Type 2 Diabetes occurs slowly over the course of many years, it can be caused by unhealthy food consumption and tends to me more common in overweight or elderly people.

Type 2 Diabetes is usually diagnosed by a physician who administers a fasting blood test or a hemoglobin test, but did you know that your dentist can also help with your early diagnosis?

Most dentists require patients to fill out health care forms that ask about their family health history since that history often has a correlation to one’s health.  In addition to family history, there are quite a few telltale signs in your mouth that might signal you have diabetes.  According to the American Dental Association, they are:

1) Loose or sore teeth
2) Fungal mouth infections
3) Dry mouth
4) Ulcers
5) Cavities

Coupled with your medical history, these signs may raise red flags that a diabetes test is important.   If your dentist sees these signs, they are likely to recommend that you visit a primary care physician where your physician can run tests for diabetes.

If you absolutely adore Paula Deen’s recipes, MSN Today came up with a few alternative recipes to some of her most popular dishes.  What these recipes come without: all the fat that is associated with bad health and diabetes.

To find a local dentist, visit www.DentistUSA.com.