Updated: Feb 17
Diabetes and Dental Care: Guide to a healthy mouth.
When you have diabetes, high blood sugar can take a toll on your entire body — including your teeth and gums. Take charge of your dental care with these tips!
One person can share the tips down below or everyone can participate.
Make a commitment to manage your diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar level, and follow your doctor's instructions.
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
Schedule regular dental visits. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings, X-rays and checkups.
Make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes. Every time you visit your dentist, remind him or her that you have diabetes.
Look for early signs of gum disease. Report any signs of gum disease including redness, swelling and bleeding gums to your dentist.
Don't smoke. Smoking increases the risk of serious diabetes complications, including gum disease and ultimately, loss of your teeth. If you smoke, ask your doctor about options to help you quit.
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