The following tips are from the National Institute of Dental Health:
- Controlling your blood glucose is the most important step you can take
to prevent tooth and gum problems. People with diabetes, especially those
whose blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, are more likely to get
gum infections than non-diabetics. A severe gum infection can also make
it more difficult to control your diabetes. Once such an infection starts
in a person with diabetes, it takes longer to heal. If the infection lasts
for a long time, the diabetic person may lose teeth.
- Much of what you eat requires good teeth for chewing, so it is extremely
important to try to preserve your teeth. Because the bone surrounding
the teeth may sometimes be damaged by infection, dentures may not always
fit properly and may not be perfect substitutes for your natural teeth.
- Taking good care of your gums and teeth is another important measure.
Use a soft-bristle brush between the gums and the teeth in a vibrating
motion. Place the rubber tip of the toothbrush between the teeth and move
it in a circle.
- If you notice that your gums bleed while you are eating or brushing your
teeth, see a dentist to determine if you have a beginning infection. You
should also notify your dentist if you notice other abnormal changes in
your mouth, such as patches of whitish-colored skin.
- Have a dental checkup every six months. Be sure to tell your dentist
that you have diabetes and ask him or her to demonstrate procedures that
will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Blood Glucose, Diabetes, Oral Health
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Jan 1, 1996