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The Unlikely Connection Between Diabetes & Oral Hygiene


Brushing your teeth twice daily does more than just keep them white.

Sometimes preventive action against disease is a result of our smallest choices. It’s these everyday choices that influence our health in the long term, which can be overwhelming when not properly attended to. Not paying attention to oral hygiene may not seem like a big deal today, but in 10 years it could mean a lot of unnecessary stress, financial expense and discomfort.

If you or someone you love has diabetes, the practice of managing oral health is of even more importance.

It’s as simple as the following:

People with diabetes have higher blood sugar levels. Germs feed on this opportunity to grow more easily, which leads to bacteria build-up, plaque, tartar and eventually mouth infections like periodontal (gum) disease. By choosing to brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly, you are already taking the necessary steps to help prevent disease.

Read below for some helpful tips on how to keep up a healthy mouth, while also maintaining that bright smile.

  • Keep blood glucose controlled.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, paying attention to all tooth surfaces and the gum line as well.
  • Floss at least once a day. Flossing cleans the plaque that you can’t reach while brushing.
  • See your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. And be sure to let your dentist know that you have diabetes.
  • Alert your dentist if you notice abnormal activity like bleeding gums, a swollen or sore area, or pain or sensitivity while eating.

This health information is courtesy of Delta Dental. For more on dental hygiene, diabetes, and other oral health issues, please visit their website.

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