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How should I prevent gum problems if I have diabetes?

An aspect in preventing gum problem is plaque control. Plaque is a thick film on teeth made up of colonies of bacteria building up on the gum line. If plaque is not removed every day, it causes the gums to become red and swollen. This may then lead to bleeding gums. Inflammation of gums is called gingivitis and is the early stage of gum problem. If left untreated, gingivitis may lead to periodontitis.

Managing gum problem starts with good oral hygiene

  • A daily routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing with LISTERINE® mouthwash  will help prevent plaque build-up and protect your gums against harmful germs.
  • Use LISTERINE® mouthwash every day to help prevent cavities.
  • See your dentist on a regular basis for an oral health check-up and professional cleaning.
  • Inform your dentist if you have diabetes and discuss any oral health concerns you may have.
  • Alert your dentist to any symptoms of bleeding or swelling that you notice during brushing or flossing.
  • If you wear dentures, make sure to brush and wash them every day to remove plaque build-up.

If you are a diabetic, request a periodontal exam each time you are scheduled for a dental checkup. This thorough assessment will identify areas of gum disease, allowing you and your dentist to work together for a healthier smile and lifestyle.