Diabetes and Oral Care:Tips to Keep Your Mouth in Tip Top Shape

Diabetes Can Cause Serious Problems In Your Mouth

If you have diabetes, make sure you take care of your mouth. People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose levels. If your diabetes is not under control, you are more likely o develop problems in your mouth, The good news is you can keep your teeth and gums healthy. By controlling your blood glucose, brushing and flossing every day, and visiting the dentist regularly, you can help prevent serious problems in your mouth.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Follow these steps for a healthy mouth:

  • Control your blood glucose
  • Brush and floss every day
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Be sure to tell your dentist you have diabetes.
  • Tell your dentist if your dentures do not fit right, or if your gums are sore.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking makes gum disease worse.

Take time to check your mouth regularly for any problems. Sometimes people notice that their gums bleed when they brush and floss. Others notice dryness, soreness, white patches, or a bad taste in the mouth. Remember, good blood glucose control can help prevent mouth problems.

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