Tips for Diabetes and Oral Health

Having a condition like diabetes can impact your total wellness, including oral health. Often, diabetics are prone to conditions that can negatively impact dental health, such as gum disease, dry mouth, and thrush. Making dental care a priority and following these helpful hints can keep your smile in good condition.

• Brush frequently and floss daily to so that your mouth stays in top shape.

• Monitor your blood sugar and keep it as close the normal range as possible.

• Schedule regular appointments with your dentist, at least once every six months. Depending on your situation, the doctor may suggest more frequent visits.

• At your appointments, update your dentist on the status of your diabetes. Make sure to let your dentist know if you have had any recent insulin reactions.

• Give the dentist the name and number of the physician who manages your diabetic care so that this information is readily accessible in your file.

• Provide the dentist with a complete list of any medications you are taking.

• If your blood sugar is not in good control, reschedule non-emergency procedures.

• Talk with your diabetic doctor before scheduling periodontal therapy or oral surgery.

• Because healing may take longer after dental procedures, pay close attention to your dentist’s post-treatment instructions.

• Seek treatment right away for issues such as an abscess, bleeding gums, or other issues that could lead to complications.

Understanding oral care for diabetics at Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry in Richmond, VA

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