When I read about Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s finances, I noticed that she owed money to her dentist. I haven’t had a good look at her teeth, but as she does have diabetes and there is a strong link between diabetes and gum disease, there is a strong possibility that she suffers from the latter. Gum disease needs to be controlled with frequent visits to the dentist for periodontal scalings. If neglected, surgery and/or tooth loss can result. This can be costly. If you suffer from diabetes, be sure to visit the dentist regularly for a periodontal examination. Healthy gums should have a firm, stippled consistency, should not be swollen or bleed or have an odor.