Oral Care for Diabetics

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not properly control the amount of sugar in the blood.  It can affect the entire body, including the mouth.  Therefore, it is extremely important that the more than 20 million people diagnosed nationwide focus on each factor important to their overall health.  

Dental practices often see patients who show signs of the disease, which researchers believe first appears in the mouth.  The main oral symptoms of diabetes include dry mouth, bad breath and inflamed or bleeding gums.

Oral health tips for diabetics include:

  • Keep blood sugar as close to normal as possible
  • Keep dentist updated on diabetes status
  • Inform dentist of diabetes doctor’s contact information for inclusion in personal files
  • Inform dentist of all prescribed medications
  • Be aware healing may take longer for diabetics
  • Follower oral health care basics such as brushing after every meal, flossing at least once a day, dental visits twice a year, etc.

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