An increase in cavities and infectious periodontal disease has been found in people with poor diabetes control. To prevent tooth decay, brush your teeth after every meal, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months. Mouthwashes, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide may provide additional protection against bacteria growth.
/¡\REMEMBER: The care of diabetes is a team effort involving you, your physician, and the diabetes education staff where you receive your medical care. This handbook cannot-and was not meant to-replace this team effort.
This handbook embodies the approach of the diabetes care team at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Different diabetes care teams may approach some aspects of diabetes care in ways that differ from those in this handbook. While most teams are in close agreement regarding the GENERAL PRINCIPLES of diabetes care, they may differ in the DETAILS. There can be more that one "right" way to approach a specific issue in diabetes management.
Always remain in touch with your diabetes care team, and bring any questions you may have about the materials in this handbook to their attention!
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This chapter last modified January 2, 1998
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