5 Quick Facts about Diabetes and Oral Health

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  1. Taking good care of your gums and teeth is key when you have diabetes, helping you protect your teeth and gums for life.
  2. Uncontrolled blood sugar can affect your gums and teeth. It can cause an increase in plaque bacteria.
  3. People with diabetes are 3 to 4 times as likely to get a gum infection.
  4. Diabetes makes it harder to fight off infections, including gum disease.
  5. Gum disease can make it harder to control diabetes.

 

Remember to take good care of your teeth at home

  • Brush at least twice a day. Be sure to use antibacterial toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Make sure to floss at least once a day.
  • Try using an antibacterial mouthwash (without alcohol) at least once a day. This can help kill bacteria and control plaque.

And be sure to

  • Tell your dental professional that you have diabetes.
  • Go for regular dental cleanings every 6 months (more often if directed by your dental professional).
  • Tell your dental professional if you notice any symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding and swelling.

Ask your dentist to talk to your doctor if you need to have dental surgery. You may need to change your medicine or take a new one to help prevent infection.