Why Diabetics Experience Oral Health Problems
Steps Diabetics Can Take to Improve Oral Health
Fortunately, there are steps that diabetic patients can take to improve the health of their teeth and gums. They include the following:
- Keep the diabetes under control. The better the diabetes is managed, the less prone you’ll be to developing oral health issues.
- Manage dry mouth by chewing on sugarless gum, drinking water frequently, or using a saliva substitute that is prescribed by your dentist.
- Maintain a daily oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove as much bacteria as possible. Remember to use a fluoride toothpaste, and rinse at least once a day with an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. Many dentists recommend that diabetics visit more often, so follow your dentist’s recommendations.