Maintaining a Healthy Smile When You Are Diabetic

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If you are managing diabetes, you don’t need to add oral health issues to your day to day care. And yet, maintaining healthy teeth, gums, and mouth is important for your overall health too. Today, our dentist, Dr. Bart Deering, and dental team are pleased to help you best care for your oral health with less stress and provide you with some tips for your healthiest smile.

Oral hygiene habits: Daily cleaning of your smile is vital if you want to avoid tooth decay and gum disease which can further deteriorate your overall health. This means keeping up with your daily oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing daily. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your gums and using a fluoride toothpaste if you are cavity prone. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, and don’t forget to floss at least once daily. Find a flossing method which is easy for you to maintain, and clean those crevices between the teeth and along the gumline daily. You may also use a mouthwash which lowers bacteria levels.

Gum health: When you are managing diabetes, maintaining healthy gums is especially vital. Do your gums bleed when you eat or brush your teeth? If so, please see your dentist to make sure you do not have gum disease. It is also important to alert your dentist if you are experiencing white patches in the mouth or any other unusual changes.

Dental cleanings and check ups: You will want to keep up with all of your scheduled dental cleanings and checkups. You cannot remove hardened plaque from the teeth and gumline, and this is essential when avoiding gum disease and tooth decay. Also, whenever you come in for these six-month check-ups,  alert the staff to remind them that you are diabetic. While you are here we will provide you with the information you need to protect your oral health.

If you would like to know more about how to best care for your oral health in Rowlett, Texas, our team at Bart Deering DDS is more than happy to help. Please call 972-271-4545 if you have any questions or want to schedule a visit!