To help prevent damage to your teeth and gums, take diabetes and dental care seriously. Make a commitment to manage your sugar level and keep it as close to normal as possible. The better you control your blood sugars, the less likely you are to develop gum disease and other dental problems. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Use a soft – bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride, and brush in an up and down motion. Avoid vigorous brushing which can irritate your gums. Get a new toothbrush at least every three months. Floss your teeth at least once a day. It helps to remove plaque between your teeth and under your gums. Schedule regular dental visits. Visit your dentist, once in every 6 months and do cleaning and dental checkups. Every time you visit your dentist, remind him that you have diabetes. Make sure your dentist has contact information for your doctor who helps you manage your diabetes. Look for early signs of gum disease like redness, swelling and bleeding gums to your dentist. Smoking increases the risk of serious diabetes complications, including gum disease and ultimately, loss of your teeth. Managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment, and that includes proper dental care. Your efforts will be rewarded with a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.