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Let’s Chat… Dental Care and Living with Diabetes…

Your teeth are important when living with diabetes so try to keep your blood glucose levels within range by monitoring your glucose often and following doctor’s instructions. 

You can create better oral health while living with diabetes when you:  

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.

  • Replace toothbrush every 3 months.

  • Avoid vigorous, hard brushing scrubbing.

  • Floss once a day to remove plaque between your teeth and under your gum line.

  • Schedule regular dental visits – you should go at least twice a year for professional cleaning and check-ups.

  • Avoid smoking. 

  • Look for early signs of gum disease such as, redness, swelling, bleeding gums, dry mouth, loose teeth or mouth pain and report this to your dentist.

  • Make sure your doctor knows you have diabetes.

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References: 

  1. Mayo Clinic Staff: Diabetes and dental care: Guide to a healthy mouth [Internet]. 2018 October 12 [Cited 2019 Feb 11] Available from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes/art-20043848

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