Did you know that seeing your hygienist for cleanings and dentist regularly for exams can mean early detection of diabetes? 25.8 million people in the United States currently have a diagnosis for diabetes. It is believed that as many as 7 million have diabetes but the condition is currently undiagnosed. In 2007, 231,404 died of diabetes-related disease. The earlier it's detected, the faster effective treatments and preventative measures can be implemented.