Frequently Asked Questions

17. How can I protect my teeth and gums?

Here are ways to protect your teeth and gums.

  • Keep your blood glucose as close to normal 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 bring the floss between the teeth, scraping from bottom to top several times.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal and snack. Use a 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 right away if you have problems with your teeth and gums.