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Health Tip: Diabetics Prone to Dental Problems

August 11, 2005-- Posted at 2:35 PM CDT

(HealthDayNews) -- If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to oral health. Diabetics are prone to mouth infections, dry mouth, and oral thrush.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research suggests these steps for keeping your mouth healthy:

  • Control your blood glucose.
  • Brush and floss daily.
  • See your dentist regularly, and make sure you tell him or her that you have diabetes.
  • Tell your dentist if your dentures don't fit properly, or if your gums are sore.
  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking makes gum disease worse.

 -- Felicity Stone

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