Ways to Prevent Dental Problems with Diabetes

Research shows the relationship between serious gum disease (periodontitis) and diabetes can run both ways — people with diabetes are at risk for developing serious gum disease, and serious gum disease can make if more difficult to control your blood glucose.  Luckily, there are several ways you can protect the health of your teeth and gums to help prevent serious dental issues:

  • Control glucose levels through ongoing blood monitoring, as prescribed by your doctor
  • Gently brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft, nylon brush with rounded bristles
  • Floss your teeth every day to reduce plaque and tartar build up
  • Have your teeth cleaned at least every 6 months at your dentist’s office
  • Make sure to let your dentist and hygienist know if you notice any changes in your mouth
  • Quit smoking