Is there a relationship between oral hygiene and diabetes? More than you’d think. If you have diabetes, dental care is important. Parkcrest Dental Group explains in our brief guide to diabetes and dental care.
Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, controlling your blood sugar levels is essential. The higher your blood sugar level, the greater your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, periodontitis, thrush, or dry mouth. Proper dental care in conjunction with diabetes management can help you maintain good oral hygiene. Always monitor your blood sugar levels when you have diabetes, per your doctor’s instructions.
Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
Managing your diabetes is multi-faceted. Monitor your blood sugar levels and follow the doctor’s instructions to keep your blood sugar levels within your target range. The better you control your blood sugar, the less likely you are to get gingivitis and other dental problems.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush your teeth in the morning and evening, preferably after meals and snacks. Use soft toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste. Avoid harsh or rough scrubs, which can irritate the gums. Consider using an electric toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult for you to brush well. Change a new toothbrush at least every three months.
Use dental floss at least once a day. Flossing helps to remove plaque between the teeth and below the gum line. If you can’t floss through your teeth, use waxed floss. If flossing is difficult to handle, use a floss holder or floss picks.
Going to the Dentist
Schedule regular dental visits. Visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning, X-ray exams, and exams. Make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes. Every time you go to the dentist, remind them that you have diabetes.
Parkcrest Dental Group Is Here for You
Make sure your dentist has contact information for your primary care physician if you have diabetes. At Parkcrest Dental, we know how to care for every condition that may affect your teeth. You are in good hands when you trust your care to us.