Laughing Out Loud with Yvette Nicole Brown

By American Diabetes Association

Comedic actress Yvette Nicole Brown is the face (and mouth!) behind this year’s “Laugh Out Loud” campaign with Colgate Total®. We caught up with her to learn why she is so passionate to spread the word about the importance of oral health for people with diabetes.

What is the “Laugh Out Loud” campaign?

People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing gum disease. To raise awareness of the potential link between oral health and diabetes, I’m partnering with Colgate Total and the American Diabetes Association® for the “Laugh Out Loud” campaign. In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month in October and American Diabetes Month® in November, we want to remind people that sometimes laughter can be the best medicine. We’ll be bringing LOL-worthy moments to Americans living with diabetes, all while building awareness of the importance of maintaining the health of the teeth and gums behinds our smiles.

Why did you get involved in this campaign?

As a comedic actress living with diabetes, I understand that managing the disease isn’t always easy. When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013, one way I worked through the challenges and lifestyle changes was with humor. This is why I’m excited to give the diabetes community a reason to come together, laugh and learn how to better manage our oral health and diabetes.

What is your favorite LOL-worthy moment from life with diabetes?

Honestly, my dentist sometimes laughs because he is truly my BFF. I text him with questions, I post pictures on Instagram with him and I’m constantly checking in on my gum health.

Where can people learn more about the “Laugh Out Loud” campaign and the potential link between oral health and diabetes?

You can always find trusted information from the Association on You can learn more about the “Laugh Out Loud” campaign and the potential association between oral health and diabetes on and in Spanish.


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