April 15, 2013

Diabetes Diagnosis in a Dental Office

The Journal of Dental Research reports that in a study of over 500 dental patients, those who had 26% or greater deep pockets and 4 or more missing teeth were correctly identified as undiagnosed diabetics or prediabetics.  If also screened for blood glucose and found to have HbA1c greater than 5.7%, then 92% were correctly identified.  Oral health professionals have the opportunity to identify undiagnosed diabetics and refer them to a physician for followup care.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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