Diabetic patients can have additional problems with their teeth. Caring for your teeth and gums daily can help prevent future problems. Regular visits to the dentist can manage these problems to keep your teeth healthy.
Keeping your blood glucose under control is very important to your overall dental care.
If you have any of the following signs, please see your dentist. They can be a sign on dental disease.
See your dentist at least once every 6 months.
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Bleeding while brushing and/or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Dentures that no longer fit
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- A change in bite and jaw alignment
Brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice per day and floss at least once per day. If you need help with your brushing techniques or have difficulty flossing, speak with your dentist or hygienist to help you.
Make sure to see your dentist every 6 months. It is important for your dentist to work with your health care provider in managing your diabetes. Remind your dentist or hygienist at each visit that you have diabetes; they will help you understand the importance of dental care and work with you to achieve a healthy mouth.
Diabetes and oral health care