Teeth And Gums
With diabetes, your body has a tough time fighting off infections, including bacterial infections of the mouth and gums. Poor sugar control makes gum problems more likely. Make sure you see the dentist every 6 months for a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, as well as a professional cleaning.
Your dentist will pick up any early problems before they become severe. Plaque, which is a mixture of food, saliva and germs, settles at the base of the teeth on the gum line, and if not regularly brushed away, causes gum infections. After a while it hardens into tartar, which only your dentist can remove. If tarter and plaque continue to build up, you could develop gingivitis which is a disease of the gums, and ultimately to the loss of teeth.
Brush And Floss Regularly
- Check your gums for bleeding when flossing or brushing
- Check for gums pulling away from teeth
- Make sure your gums are not red or swollen
- Make sure you have no loose permanent teeth
- Check for bad breath
- Check for red or white patches on your tongue or the roof of your mouth
- If you have a dry mouth it could be your blood sugar levels are too high
- The more stable your blood sugar levels, the easier your oral hygiene will be.