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Diabetes & Dental Care
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy

High blood glucose levels increase your risk for tooth and gum problems. Just think of what happens to your teeth when you eat too much sugar!

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least daily
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and periodontal checkups if necessary
  • Tell your dentist that you have diabetes
  • Between checkups, call your dentist immediately if you have unusual pain, swelling or excessive bleeding
  • Of course, keep your blood sugar in the best control

For additional information about keeping your teeth and gums healthy:

"Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy," National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)

Marci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Marci is the author of The Diet Game: Playing for Life! More about Marci Sloane

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