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What dental care supplies can you use to help with diabetes?

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Diabetes raises your chances of getting gum disease and other dental problems. Keep these supplies handy for daily mouth care:

Replace your toothbrush when the bristles are worn, or every 3 to 4 months.

  • A toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles, which are less likely to hurt your gums than the stiffer bristles on a standard brush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Dental floss, to clean away plaque and food from between teeth and below the gum line
  • Antiseptic mouthwash to rinse daily

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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