Teeth and Gums
Diabetes can increase the amount of sugar in your saliva. Over time, this can cause
tooth decay and gum infections. But you can help prevent these problems by taking
good care of your teeth.
Here’s what to do:
- Manage your blood sugar. See your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup
and cleaning. Be sure to tell your dentist that you have diabetes
- Call your dentist if you have red, bleeding, or tender gums for more than
a few days. These problems may be an early sign of gum disease
- Floss your teeth after every meal. Then brush your teeth for 3 minutes
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