|High blood glucose over a long period of time can cause dental problems. You should get your teeth cleaned and your mouth checked every 6 months. |
Sore, red, or swollen gums or gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, trouble chewing, bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, or sore or loose teeth are all signs that you might have a problem. You should make an appointment and see your dentist as soon as you can.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. Make sure that you always brush before you go to bed at night, floss your teeth each day and see your dentist twice a year. Also, keeping your blood glucose normal or close to normal is very important to preventing or delaying dental problems.
For more information visit:
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-4411
1-800-745-9311 (ask for Diabetes Section)
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