* Keep your blood glucose as close to rule as possible.
* Use dental floss at least once a day. Flossing helps prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth. Plaque can harden and grow under your gums and cause problems. Using a sawing motion, gently contribute the floss between the teeth, scraping from bottom to top several times.
* Brush your teeth after each meal and snack. Use a easy soft toothbrush. Turn the bristles against the gum line and brush gently. Use small, circular motions. Brush the front, back, and top of each tooth.
* If you wear false teeth, keep them clean.
* Call your dentist doctor right away if you have problems with your teeth and gums.
* Call your dentist if you have red, sore, or bleeding gums; gums that are pulling away from your teeth; a sore tooth that could be infected; or soreness from your dentures.
* Get your teeth cleaned and your gums checked by your dentist twice a year.
* If your dentist tells you about a problem, take care of it right away.
* Be sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes.
* If you smoke, talk with your doctor about ways to quit smoking.