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What are ways to take care of my teeth while dealing with diabetes?

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To take care of your teeth if you have diabetes:

  • Brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day.
  • Use an antibacterial mouth rinse twice a day.
  • Check your mouth for inflammation and bleeding gums. If you notice either, tell your dentist right away.
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every 6 months.
  • Make sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes. Give her the names of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs you take.
  • Make sure your diabetes is well-controlled.

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C.; consumer adviser, American Dental Association.

David Cochran, DDS, PhD, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Ship, J. , October 2003. The Journal of the American Dental Association

American Diabetes Association: "Oral Health & Oral Hygiene."

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes" and "Pocket Depth Reduction."

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C.; consumer adviser, American Dental Association.

David Cochran, DDS, PhD, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Ship, J. , October 2003. The Journal of the American Dental Association

American Diabetes Association: "Oral Health & Oral Hygiene."

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes" and "Pocket Depth Reduction."

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

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