Diabetic & Dental Benefits – CDC Advice
If you’re diabetic, the CDC recommends that you get a dental exam once a year or more often if your dentist says you need it. At your exam, your dentist or dental hygienist can:
- Explain how diabetes affects your teeth and gums and check for problems, like cavities or gum disease.
- Treat any problems you have with your teeth or gums.
- Teach you how to check for signs of gum disease at home.
- Provide care, like a fluoride treatment, to keep your mouth healthy.
- Tell you how to treat problems, such as dry mouth.
- Work with your dentist to create a health plan for your teeth.
- Ask your dentist how to take care of your teeth at home and how often to come in for a dental visit.
- Ask what to do if you start having problems with your teeth or gums.
- Ask your dentist to send your exam results to your other doctors after every visit.
- Be sure to keep your next dentist appointment!
Take care of your teeth at home.
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush two times a day or more.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride and floss once a day.
- Check your mouth for red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, a change in how your bite feels, or bad breath.
- Visit a dentist if you think you have gum disease.
- Limit food and drinks that are high in sugar.
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