With Diabetes, Good Oral Health Protects Your Smile

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Hi I'm Dr. Miller, there's a reason why people with diabetes need to take especially good care of their teeth and gums. Bacteria that live in your mouth love sugar. High blood sugar makes your teeth and gums more sensitive speeding up gum disease. So follow these tips to keep your smile bright. Brush and floss morning and evening.

Use a fluoride toothpaste and a gum stimulating rubber pick between your teeth to prevent plaque buildup. Your dentist may also recommend using an anti microbial mouthwash for additional germ protection. Visit the dentist at least every four months for cleaning and at least twice a year for check ups.

Professional cleanings remove plaque deposits that make it harder to keep your teeth clean. Control your blood sugar. That helps keep harmful oral bacteria at bay. See your dentist right away if you notice any changes in your teeth and gums, such as red or sore gums, teeth feel loose or even persistent bad breath.

I am Dr. Miller, for more ways to take care of your diabetes and stay healthy, check out all our smart tips.