Oral Health in Children with Diabetes

When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, everyday moment can become more of a challenge.  Parents juggle to maintain a careful balance of activity, food, and medications to control blood sugar levels.  If blood sugar levels are not controlled, complications may occur in organs including the eyes, kidneys, and heart.

Studies show that children with diabetes are 2X more likely to develop serious gum disease.  This infection can cause blood sugar levels to rise and make it hard to control diabetes.  If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth sensitivity, destruction of the bone tissue around the teeth, and eventual tooth loss.

To prevent dental problems associated with diabetes, consider the following for your child:

  1. Dental check-ups every 6 months or as often as indicated by a professional.
  2. Brush 2X daily with a soft bristled toothbrush.
  3. Floss every day to remove plaque from between teeth.

Contact your child’s dentist if your child experiences any of the following:
*Red, puffy, and bleeding gums
*Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
*Constant bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.

With good oral care at home and regular dental visits, your child can reach adulthood without suffering from oral health problems.

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