Take good care of your TEETH & GUMS
Diabetes can put you at a higher risk for gum disease and serious infections can raise blood glucose levels. Gum disease such as gingivitis (characterized by inflamed and bleeding gums), can lead to other, more serious gum disorders and tooth loss. A feeling of dry mouth is another complaint and may also lead to increased dental decay or fungus infections such as thrush.
How to protect your teeth and gums
● Brush after every meal and before you go to bed.
● Floss between your teeth at least once a day.
● Don’t smoke.
● Make regular visits to your dentist and let him or her know you have diabetes.
After you have brushed your teeth pull about 40 cm (20”) of floss from the spool and wrap the ends firmly around your middle fingers.
Gently slide the tight section of floss between each of your teeth, being careful not to snap it onto the gum. Move floss away from the gum and gently rub the floss up and down against the side of each tooth. Use a fresh section of floss between each tooth. Don’t forget to floss behind the last tooth or any other tooth where there is no other tooth touching it. Be gentle so as not to damage your gums and floss at least once a day, preferably before bed.
Select a soft bristle toothbrush and make sure that you replace it regularly, about every three months or if you have a cold. Be gentle when you brush and let the bristles do the work for you. Apply a dab of toothpaste to your brush and place your brush at an angle along your gum line. Use a circular, up-anddown massaging motion on your teeth, not forgetting the inside surfaces and the chewing surface of each tooth. Use the tip of your brush to brush behind your top and bottom front teeth. Remember to brush your tongue while you’re at it. Try to brush after every meal.
Chewing sugarless gum is a good way to promote saliva production, which helps keep your teeth and mouth clean.