Dental Goals for Diabetics – includes a free patient information PDF!

Download the free patient handout PDF near the end of this article!
floss Floss Once a Day
Flossing is very important because flossing cleans in between your teeth, a place that your toothbrush can’t reach.
toothbrush and paste Brush After Every Meal
It is important to brush your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day to remove any food that is left in your mouth.
no smoking symbol Do Not Smoke
If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about ways to quit. Smoking increases the risk for gum disease.
 grapes and glass Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating nutritious foods helps keep blood sugar levels in the normal range, which is important for both the health of your teeth and your overall health.
soda Decrease Sugary Drinks
Soft drinks such as colas, sodas, sweet teas and flavored waters have sugar that dissolves tooth enamel and causes tooth decay or cavities.
tooth See Dentist Regularly
Try to visit your dentist every six months for a check up and cleaning. This will keep your teeth and gums healthy and if there is a problem you can fix it before it becomes worse.

 

You can print copies of this PDF handout for your patients, to reinforce what you have told them.
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Choosing a Toothpaste
When choosing toothpaste look for one with fluoride. Fluoride protects your teeth by preventing tooth decay.

Choosing a Toothbrush
When shopping for a toothbrush, choose one with soft bristles. These will be gentler on your gums.

 

Used with permission from the Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS)
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