How to Care for Your Teeth as a Diabetic

Diabetes is a disease that complicates the other aspects of life. So to ensure good oral dental care during diabetes an individual must take care, as a careless approach will worsen your diabetes.


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    Be aware that diabetes can make you more prone to various dental problems as poorly managed blood sugar levels are a big trouble to the patients. Diabetes can give rise to various periodontal and other diseases:
    • Excessive glucose in saliva serves as a medium for bacteria and increase of plaque formation.
    • Loss of collagen in the gum tissue, which hastens periodontal diseases. Collagen is a protein that supports the gums, skin, tendons, cartilage and bone.
    • Thickening of blood vessel walls is a common effect aspect of diabetes. This can delay blood from bringing oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and removing waste products of the cells.
    • Longer time to heal from the dental surgeries as the blood flow to the various sites is impaired.
    • High glucose levels also lead to increase in cavities.
    • Most people with diabetes take a lot of antibiotics and therefore they have a high risk of getting prone to fungal infections of the mouth and tongue.[1]
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    Try to keep their glucose levels close to normal.
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    Follow good oral practices to ensure good dental health as diabetes is a way to many other dental problems.
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    On making a visit to the dentist, tell the dentist about the current state of your diabetes so that they can help you better.
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    Follow the instruction of your dentist carefully for better and early healing.
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    Before any dental treatment for diabetes is taken, consult your diabetes physician. Your physician will know whether or not you are fit for dental treatment.
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    Since diabetes patients are advised to take small meals and that too a number of times, so chances of developing veracious dental disease increase.
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    Floss daily.
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    Visit the dentist once in every 6 months.
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    Brush your teeth after every meal as it will decrease the risk of dental decay and other disease.
    • Generally people with diabetes are found to have sensitive teeth so you are advised to use a toothbrush with soft bristles as your gums are really soft.
    • Fluoride containing toothpaste can help to retain teeth longer for diabetes sufferers, specially the brands recommended by the dentists.


  • It is advisable that any dental treatment that is not an emergency must be postponed in case the blood glucose levels are uncontrolled as it will be risky taking dental treatments during such situations.
  • Removable dentures are always advised to be cleaned and brushed. They are advised to be stored in good disinfectants and must be removed during night.

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