Did you know that diabetes and dental care have a direct relationship?
Poor oral health provides opportunities for bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which raises your sugar levels and requires your body to create more insulin. On the other hand, diabetes slows your ability to heal, making it extremely important to practice good oral hygiene. The slower your body heals, the more likely infections can progress to gingivitis, periodontal disease, or tooth loss.
Make it easy on yourself by keeping your diabetes under control and maintaining good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristle tooth brush and toothpaste;
- Replace your toothbrush every three months;
- Floss daily;
- Get a dental check-up and teeth cleaning at least twice a year;
- Avoid smoking and other forms of tobacco;
- Avoid candy and other sugary foods;
- Eat a well-balanced diet; and
- Contact your dentist if you notice:
- Red, tender, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush them
- Gums pulling away from your teeth
- Loose teeth
Also, remind your dentist that you have diabetes, and eat before your dental visit to keep your blood glucose level under control. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar levels before and after a dental visit will reduce the risk of diabetic and oral complications.
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