The Mayo Clinic shares this important advice about Diabetes and your oral health.
Diabetes can cause changes in your mouth that affect the gums and oral tissues. Two common diseases of the mouth are:
These diseases begin with bacteria in the plaque on your teeth, which cause the gums to become red, swollen and bleed easily. If untreated, plaques spread and grow between the teeth and gums, forming pockets with toxins that cause the gums to separate from the teeth, leading to tooth loss.
Gingivitis is the milder form of the two gum diseases and is often related to poor oral care. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral care.
What is good oral care?
To properly care for your teeth and help prevent problems:
- See your dentist twice a year, and let him or her know you have diabetes.
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Brush your tongue.
- Floss daily.
- Check for signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, redness and swelling, and tell your dentist if you experience these.
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