Toothbrush and floss

When your blood glucose is too high, you are more likely to develop problems in your gums, teeth and mouth. Therefore, it is important to prevent oral problems by following these tips to keep your mouth healthy.

Control Your Diabetes

controlling diabetes

  • The first and most important step is to keep your blood glucose levels under tight control. When your blood glucose levels are close to normal, you are less likely to get dental problems.

  • Follow the treatment plan your doctor and dietician have worked out for you.

  • If you smoke, stop smoking. Call Quit Line at 1800-438 2000 if you need help.

Brush Your Teeth

brushing teeth

  • Brush your teeth first thing in the morning, before you sleep, and after each meal and sugary or starchy snack.

  • Use a soft toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste.

  • Hold the toothbrush angled towards the gum line and brush gently using back and forth motions.

  • Brush all surfaces of each tooth.

  • Brush your tongue too.

  • Change your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles spread out.

Floss Your Teeth

floss your teeth

  • Floss between your teeth at least once a day.

  • Slide the floss up and down and then curve it around the base of each tooth just beneath the gums.

  • Use a clean part of the floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

  • Use a wax coated floss as it is easier to slide between your teeth.

Clean Your Dentures

clean your dentures

  • If you wear dentures, clean them every day.

  • Take them out at night and soak them in water.

  • If they become loose, get them adjusted so that they fit nicely in your mouth.

Check Your Mouth

check your mouth

See your dentist right away if you have the following symptoms:

  • a sore, ulcer, bleeding gums or white patches in your mouth that do not go away.

  • pain in your mouth or pain when you eat or chew.

  • bad breath or a dry burning sensation in your mouth that lasts more than a few days.

Prepare Yourself for Dental Procedures

preparing for dental procedures

  • If you need a dental procedure (e.g. extraction or root canal treatment), expect your mouth to feel sore for a few days. If this happens, you might not be able to eat or chew your food.

  • Ask your doctor for advice on: 
    • what food and drinks to take

    • whether you should adjust the dosage and timing of your medications.

    • how often you should check your blood glucose.

Practise good oral hygiene from today. Keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that you can take your medications, enjoy your meals, and keep on smiling!

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