If you struggle with diabetes, managing your health is challenging enough without adding your oral health care to the mix. Still, it is vital to maintaining healthy teeth, gums, and oral cavity to thrive. Today, our dentists, Dr. Robert Doyle and Dr. Natalie Monaco, are pleased to help make your oral health less stressful by giving you the information you need for a healthy smile.
#1 – Maintain regular oral hygiene habits: To keep your teeth and gums in their best shape, don’t skip daily cleanings. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using fluoride toothpaste twice a day will go a long way to protecting your pearly whites. Use a dental flossing method which is easy for you to handle, and make sure to clean all crevices between the teeth once a day. If needed, you can follow up with an oral rinse to reduce bacteria levels in the mouth.
#2 – Protect your gum health: Maintaining healthy gums when you have diabetes is especially important. If your gums bleed when you eat, or when you brush your teeth, please see your dentist to ensure that there is no gum disease. If you have white patches in the mouth or any other abnormal changes, please let your dentist know.
#3 – Maintain all routine dental cleanings and check ups: Seeing Dr. Doyle and Dr. Monaco every six months for routine cleanings and checkups is vital. When you come in, please make sure our staff knows you are diabetic. We will give you any tips you need to make sure you are giving your teeth and gums the oral care they need.
If you would like to know more about how to best care for your oral health in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, our Complete Dental Care team is more than happy to help. Please call 412-567-0927 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit!