• Keep your blood glucose as close to normal as possible.
Keeping your blood glucose in your target range, brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and having regular dental checkups are the best ways to prevent gum and teeth problems when you have diabetes.
James runs a bookstore in California. He's 35 years old and has had type 1 diabetes for 15 years. James takes good care of his teeth and sees his dentist twice a year. He makes his appointments in the morning, after breakfast, so he won't get hypoglycemia while at the dentist. He also carries glucose tablets and wears an identification bracelet that has the name and the telephone number of his doctor on it.
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