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Managing diabetes means taking good care of your body and your smile. Making sure that your teeth, gums, and mouth are healthy is also good for your overall health. Today, our dentist, Dr. Timothy Dinkelman, and our dental team would like to share some oral care habits to help you.

Healthy habits: keeping up with your daily oral hygiene will keep you from dealing with tooth decay and gum disease. By brushing and flossing daily, you will be helping your smile stay strong. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste if you are cavity prone. Brush twice a day for two minutes each session, and floss at least once. You want to clean the crevices between the teeth and along the gumline. You can rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria as needed.

Healthy gums: When managing diabetes healthy gums are vital. If you find your gums bleeding when you eat or brush your teeth, please let your dentist know. It is also important to alert your dentist if you are experiencing white patches in the mouth or any other unusual changes. Staying on top of your gum and oral tissue health will help prevent systemic health issues.

Healthy Smile: Keep all of your scheduled dental cleanings and checkups. A professional cleaning removes hardened tartar from your teeth and gum line and helps us spot problems early on. Please remind our staff that you are diabetic whenever you come in for treatment. We will make sure you receive the quality care and attention you need to protect your oral health.

If you would like to know more about how to best care for your oral health in Lincoln, Nebraska, our team at Northridge Dental LLC is more than happy to help. Please call 402-477-1177 if you have any questions or want to schedule a visit!