10 Tips for Managing Diabetes

Brush and floss regularly.
Just as unregulated diabetes leads to high levels of glucose in your blood, it also leads to higher-than-usual levels of glucose in your saliva, which raises the risk for dental decay. Plus, diabetes makes fighting infection harder, so that if gum disease develops, you’ll have a more difficult time getting rid of it than someone without diabetes. However, research suggests that people with diabetes who gain control over their periodontal problems have better glycemic control after gum treatment than before. For healthy teeth and gums, dentists and nutritionists alike recommend that you see your dentist regularly, brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, and remember to floss.