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Looking after your teeth

People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing gum disease (things like gingivitis and periodontitis) but there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

The signs of gum disease include:

  • red, swollen or tender gums that may bleed
  • gums that have pulled away from teetch
  • bad breath
  • infection between teeth
  • loose teeth

Here's how you can help prevent gum disease:

  • brush and floss daily
  • visit your dentist at least every 6 months
  • try and keep your blood glucose levels within the recommended range
  • don't smoke
  • if you have dentures clean them every day and remove at night, make sure they fit correctly and have your dentist check for pressure spots each visit.

High blood glucose levels can can cause a narrowing of the blood vessels which can reduce the blood supply to gums - increasing risk of gum disease.

For more information contact the Australian Dental Association on 1800 678 383.

Click on this link to get approximate costs of visiting a dentist.

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