In a previous blog, the topic of what serious dental risks people with diabetes face was addressed.
It was stated that those with diabetes can suffer an increase in having cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
But the good news is, there are 4 important steps you can take, if you have diabetes, to ensure that cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis aren’t something you’ll have to worry as much about.
Control your blood sugar levels.
- Make sure you’re following your doctor’s orders and limiting your intake as necessary. When you are tested for your levels (every 3 months) be sure to inform your dentist of the results. It’s important for your dentist to know these numbers too.
Brush and floss your teeth!
- As mentioned in the previous blog, this is the first line of defense against having problems develop as a result of diabetes. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure you’re removing the plaque build-up that can lead to it turning in to tarter which then causes the other issues previously discussed.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
- You may also consider an electric toothbrush. But the head still needs to be changed on a regular basis. If you have trouble using just the floss, try using a floss holder.
See your dentist regularly.
- Let your dentist know you have diabetes each time you visit. It may be helpful to also share your doctor’s contact information with your dentist as well. Keep your professional cleaning and checkup appointments so they can track any signs of gum disease early. You can also help by letting the dentist know if you see any signs of redness, irritation, or bleeding gums too.
Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2, diabetes is something that can be controlled. And while it will take a lifetime of attention, the result is you’ll feel the best you can and your teeth and gums will be in good shape too!
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