Keep Smiling: Oral Care Tips for Type 2 Diabetes

Healthy teeth and gums play a big role in overall health. Regular brushing and flossing are always a good idea, but it’s especially important for those who experience high blood sugars.

Periodontitis, or the inflammation of the gums, is a common but little-known complication of Type 2 Diabetes. High blood sugar levels can cause periodontitis, and periodontitis can also cause high blood sugars – a vicious cycle. 

Luckily, periodontitis is easily identifiable by your doctor, AND it’s easy to treat if you catch it early.

So, what should you do?

  • Take care of your teeth
    • Go to your Dentist regularly to screen for and prevent long-term issues
  • Improve your dental hygiene
    • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to maintain a healthy mouth
  • Communicate to stay healthy
    • Speak to your doctor right away if you have swollen or tender gums, or are bleeding from your gums, as periodontitis is easiest to treat when found quickly

Simple habits are the building blocks of better health. With daily dental hygiene and regular health screenings, you will be on your way to a happy and healthy 2020!  

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