When you have diabetes, high blood sugar can take a toll on your entire body — including your teeth and gums.
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Early gum disease (gingivitis)
- Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
Proper dental care
To help prevent damage to your teeth and gums, take diabetes and dental care seriously:
Make a commitment to managing your12 diabetes
- Monitor your blood sugar level, and follow your doctor’s instructions for keeping your blood sugar level within your target range. The better you control your blood sugar level, the less likely you are to develop gingivitis and other dental problems.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss your teeth at least once a day
- Schedule regular dental cleanings
To prevent low blood sugar during dental work, you might want to eat before your dental visits.
Also ask our reception for an appointment to suit your medication schedule.
- Take special precautions with dental surgery
If you’re having dental surgery, make sure that your dentist consults with your doctor ahead of time. You may need to adjust your diabetes medications or take an antibiotic to prevent infection.
Smoking increases the risk of serious diabetes complications, including gum disease.
Managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment, and that includes proper dental care. Your efforts will be rewarded with a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
We at SmileSense Dental Clinic, take special care of our diabetic patient by giving them priority appointments so that they don’t have to miss their scheduled meal.