November is Diabetes Awareness Month : Manage Diabetes at Home in 3 Easy Steps”

Managing diabetes is a daily commitment, and it goes beyond monitoring blood sugar levels. Oral health plays a crucial role in the overall well-being of individuals with diabetes. 

In this blog, we'll provide you with essential tips on how to manage your diabetes at home, specifically focusing on checking your gums, breath, and teeth for plaque, tartar, and visible cavities.

Checking Your Gums

Gum health is often overlooked but is of paramount importance for those with diabetes. 

Gum disease can be more prevalent in diabetics, and its severity can affect blood sugar control. 

Here's what you can do to ensure your gums are healthy:

Gently inspect your gums regularly for signs of redness, swelling, or bleeding.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it's essential to contact your dentist for a thorough examination.
Regular, gentle brushing and flossing can help keep your gums in good condition. Be mindful of your technique to avoid causing harm.

Checking Your Breath

Oral hygiene is crucial not only for gum health but also for maintaining fresh breath, a common concern among those with diabetes. Here are some tips to ensure your breath stays pleasant.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and don't forget to brush your tongue, where odor-causing bacteria can accumulate.
Use an alcohol-free mouthwash to help kill bacteria and keep your mouth fresh.
Stay well-hydrated and chew sugar-free gum or mints to stimulate saliva production and reduce dry mouth, a common side effect of diabetes.

Checking Your Teeth for Plaque, Tartar, and Visible Cavities:

Diabetes can make your teeth more susceptible to dental problems. Regular dental check-ups are crucial, but you can also take steps at home to maintain good oral health.

Inspect your teeth in a well-lit area, looking for any visible cavities, discoloration, or chips.
Gently scrape your teeth with a fingernail to check for plaque buildup. If you notice a sticky film, it's time for a thorough brushing and flossing.
Plaque that remains on your teeth can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional.

Your Action Steps for Today

Schedule a Dental Check-Up 

If it's been a while since your last dental check-up, it's time to make an appointment. Regular visits can help prevent and address oral health issues. If you don’t have dental insurance and need to find an affordable dentist in you area visit:

Join the 7-Day Healthy Smile Workout Challenge 

For individuals with diabetes and their family members, we encourage you to participate in the VIP Smiles 7-Day Healthy Smile Workout Challenge. It's a fun and educational way to improve your oral health.

Join now at

Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power. 

Download a free copy of our diabetes book to gain a better understanding of diabetes management and oral health. 

This resource can be a valuable tool in your journey towards better health.

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