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Dental Care
When blood glucose is high, gum and mouth infections are more common.
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Signs and Symptoms

  • Dryness of mouth
  • Deep red color of gums
  • Painful gums
  • Strong odor
  • Bleeding gums
  • Raw large or thick tongue
  • Loose teeth

Dental Care Tips

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Brush and floss your teeth and clean your tongue daily
  • Note any bleeding or sores on gums
  • Have regular dental exams and tell your dentist that you have diabetes
  • Schedule your appointments with the dentist every 6 months or sooner if advised; it is recommended to schedule dentist appointment after meals to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia

Infections are more common and more serious in people who have diabetes.

Common Signs of Infections

The first sign of infection may be elevated blood glucose level.

Infections raise blood glucose levels; they also occur more often when blood glucose levels are high.

Infections can occur without open cuts or injuries; Call your health care team right away if you see any signs of infection, such as:

  • Fever
  • Pain and redness
  • Warmth of area
  • Swelling
  • Discharge
  • Pain and redness