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How should people with diabetes care for their teeth?

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  • Keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible.
  • If you have dry mouth, try a mouthwash without alcohol.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing to protect any tooth enamel that's been softened by acid in the food.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash.
  • If you wear dentures, remove them and clean them daily. Don't sleep in them.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.

From: Diabetes and Dental Care WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy." American College of Periodontology: "Mouth Body Connection."


American Dental Association. 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

SOURCES: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy." American College of Periodontology: "Mouth Body Connection."


American Dental Association. 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

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