Diabetes and your teeth: Tips for dental care
Managing your blood glucose levels can help prevent gum disease and ensure that your gums and teeth stay healthy.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- Brush and floss your teeth properly. American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss once per day to prevent plaque and food particle build up between teeth and along the gum line.
- Have a dental check-up every six months, or more often as recommended by your dentist. Your dentist may suggest other things like antibacterial mouth rinse or antibiotics. Be sure to advise your dentist of any changes in your health or medications.
- Postpone any dental work that isn’t an emergency when your blood glucose levels are not in control.
American Diabetes Association. (ADA) – Diabetes and Oral Health. Accessed online June 12, 2022