How to Take Care of Your Teeth When You Have Diabetes


Good dental care can prevent gum infection, abscesses, and other dental problems that result in elevated blood glucose. There are four main elements: proper brushing and flossing, filling cavi­ties, treating and preventing abscesses and infections, and treating and preventing gum disease.

As soon as you are diagnosed with diabetes, visit your den­tist (even if it isn’t time for a regular check-up) and mention that you have diabetes. You should receive a complete oral examina­tion and a thorough professional cleaning. Don’t shirk this part of your responsibility. No one likes to go to the dentist (you don’t like paying taxes either, but you do it), but dental care has changed so much in recent years that it’s no longer as awful as it used to be. The drills are high speed and flushed with cold water so you don’t have that “sawdust smell” and uncomfortable sensa­tion of heat. For anything that’s going to be painful, you get a nice shot of novocaine, and the needles are so fine that you hardly feel it going in.

Take Care Teeth

I told my dentist that I’m a big baby about pain, so he makes certain to slide the needle in slowly. I’ve had some anxious mo­ments at the dentist’s office (mostly about what it’s going to cost), but I’ve never been in pain. If your dentist hurts you, find another one.

Following are the things you need to do to take good care of your teeth:

  • Brush at least twice a day, preferably after every meal.
  • Floss once a day, making sure you get down to the gum line.
  • Massage your gums once a day with a water-jet device or a rubber tip at the end of your toothbrush. This increases circula­tion to your gums and reduces the chance of gum disease and infection.
  • Use tartar control, plaque-fighting toothpaste.
  • If your gums bleed when you brush, you probably have gingi­vitis (inflammation of the gums), which is a minor problem but one that should be treated by your dentist before it turns into a major one.
  • If you have a toothache, go to the dentist immediately; delay will always exacerbate the problem.
  • See your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning and ah oral examination.
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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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