Diabetes and toothpaste

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2014-08-10 15:09:43 -0500
Started 2014-02-05 15:21:10 -0600

I know that oral health is very important when it comes to diabetes. bad oral health can lead to diabetes complications. So I am just curious if anyone knows if there is a kind of toothpaste that is better to use than another when it comes to improving oral health and preventing future diabetes problems?

9 replies

IronOre 2014-02-09 21:15:31 -0600 Report

You actually have it backwards:
Poor diabetes control can lead to oral problems, such as gum disease.
Unless there is a toothpaste made that will help control your BS then the type of toothpaste used is not going to prevent gum disease from diabetes.

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2014-02-06 12:27:23 -0600 Report

Interestingly, my CDE told me some years ago that Colgate Total is the best for diabetics. http://www.colgatetotal.com/total-benefits/diabetes

IronOre 2014-02-09 21:20:51 -0600 Report

I see what you are saying, but gum disease from diabetes is caused of not-so-good diabetes control
It makes no difference if I brush my teeth with a toothpaste made for gums ! In the case of the diabetic, the gum disease what not caused by the bad choice of a toothpaste.

locarb 2014-02-05 17:44:17 -0600 Report

Actually, I just got out of the dentist's chair following oral surgery. There is brand that helps with dry mouth, which frequently imperils diabetics. Biotene makes toothpaste, mouth wash and gel. It costs a little bit more but I wish I knew about it earlier.

It's so odd, I am technically in remission of all diabetic symptoms but it still took a toll on my health. I hope everyone here remembers to be self-indulgent when it comes to personal healthcare (or the care of loved ones or others for whom we assist).

jayabee52 2014-02-05 17:20:46 -0600 Report

Howdy Jeanette

I think the best one is the one which fits one's needs (mine is sensitive teeth) and uses consistently. I understand that oral health is important for one's heart health as well



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