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What dental treatments are common for people with diabetes?

The first line of treatment you should receive is the treatment you give yourself. Since diabetics, have a greater risk of developing dental health problems, you'll need to be vigilant about controlling your blood glucose levels. High blood glucose, or hyperglycemia, can lead to impaired circulation to your gums and teeth, an impaired immune system, and a higher risk of infections. Here are some things to do:

 

Team up with your dentist and get check-ups at least twice a year or more; Good oral hygiene means effectively removing all plaque and debris from your teeth and gums using a soft toothbrush after every meal and flossing at least once a day; If you wear dentures, be sure to clean them on a daily basis; If you smoke, stop as soon as you can. Smoking increases your risk for gum disease up to 10 times compared to non-smokers, and smoking impairs blood flow to the gums and teeth. Ask your doctor on strategies to stop smoking.

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