Question: As a diabetic, do I need to follow a different oral care routine?
Dental care is particularly important if you have diabetes. High blood sugar as a result of diabetes can greatly affect your gums and teeth. Making sure you take good care of your teeth can help ensure you don’t develop unnecessary cavities and gum disease.
For type 1 diabetics and type 2 diabetics alike, managing your blood sugar level is paramount. The higher your blood sugar level, the higher your risk of tooth decay, early gum disease and advanced gum disease.
Follow these steps to help prevent damage to your teeth and gums:
- Manage your diabetes responsibly. By monitoring your blood sugar level and keeping it within your target range, you will be less likely to develop dental problems.
- Brush your teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and ideally after snacks as well.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day. By flossing at least once a day, you will help remove plaque between your teeth and under your gum line.
- Maintain regular dental cleanings. Professional cleanings at least twice a year will help ensure a health mouth.
- Tell your dentist you have diabetes. Remind your dentist at each appointment that you have diabetes so that her or she can treat you properly and also give you specific advice for your oral health.
- Look for early signs of gum disease. Tell your dentist about any redness, swelling or bleeding gums along with other gum disease symptoms like dry mouth or mouth pain.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can increase the risk of serious diabetes complications, including early gum disease.
Have more questions about diabetes and your oral health? Contact the professionals at DentaLux today!