How can I keep my teeth and gums healthy?
- Keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.
- Use dental floss at least once a day. Flossing helps to prevent the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque can harden and grow under your gums and cause problems. With the help of a sawing motion, gently bring the floss between teeth scraping the bottom up several times.
- Brush your teeth after each meal and snack.
Use a soft toothbrush. Turn bristles against the gum line and brush gently. Use small circular motions. Brush the front, back and top of each tooth.
- If you wear false teeth, keep them clean.
- Consult your dentist immediately if you have problems with your teeth and gums.
- Call your dentist if you have a red, pain or bleeding of gums gums pulling away from your teeth; sore tooth, which may be infected; or soreness of prostheses.
- Get your brush your teeth and gums checked your dentist twice a year.
- If your dentist tells you about the problem, take care of it immediately.
- Make sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting.