Physical health and dental health go hand in hand. Your health of your teeth is so important for the rest of your body to thrive.
Diabetes and Dental Health
- Control your blood glucose.
- Brush twice a day and floss regularly.
- Visit a dentist for routine checkups. Be sure to tell the dentist that you have diabetes.
- Tell the dentist if your dentures (false teeth) do not fit right, or if your gums are sore.
- Quit smoking. Smoking makes gum disease worse. A physician or dentist can help you quit.
Take time to check your mouth regularly for any problems. Sometimes people notice that their gums bleed when they brush and floss. Others notice dryness, soreness, white patches, or a bad taste in the mouth. All of these are reasons to visit the dentist.
Remember, good blood glucose control can help prevent mouth problems.
Dental Health During Pregnancy
Oral health during pregnancy is very important to be mindful of.
As an FDCi Member your dentist can submit a request for additional cleanings to help prevent tooth decay, all that’s needed is a note from your doctor confirming pregnancy. Going to the doctor is safe during your pregnancy.
X‐rays can be taken if necessary, even if you are pregnant. Just ask your dentist to use a lead apron with a thyroid collar when taking x‐rays.
Germs in your mouth can be passed onto your baby while you are pregnant. Gum disease is linked with premature delivery and low-birth weight babies.
Here are a few tips to help you have a healthy pregnancy:
- Be sure to include foods high in calcium and Vitamin D in your diet.
- Snacking during the day can cause more tooth decay, try to limit sweet snacks.
- Brush your teeth right after eating or drinking.
- Remember to floss every day.
- Stop smoking, smoking can cause dental problems and hurt your baby.
Are you wanting to find ways to improve your oral health, like quitting smoking?
Quitting smoking tobacco can improve your oral health and physical health. Your OHP Dental Care includes smoking cessation benefits. Let your PCD know if you want to start setting some goals to reach for a better & healthier YOU!