At the start of every dental visit your provider will review your medical history and medications. One of the most common chronic diseases in patients is Diabetes. “10.5% of the U.S. Population has diabetes.”*
According to the American Dental Association: “Oral manifestations of uncontrolled diabetes can include:
Research shows that there is a link between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease. Periodontal disease is noted in patients that have inflammation of the gums that has advanced to destruction and loss of jaw bone (which supports the teeth).
As a diabetic patient it is important to recall your Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level - this number is determined by lab work prescribed by your physician. HbA1c is a measure of the severity of your diabetes. Red blood cells in your body live for approximately 2-3 months before turning over, therefore the HbA1c level can reflect longer term blood glucose control.*** It is important to note not only your most recent lab work, but also your past readings to check for trends. The HbA1c level is important because it can correlate with your healing post surgical procedures. Therefore, it can assist you and the doctor to better plan and prevent any possible future complications.
Remember to eat and take your medications as indicated before dental appointments. Never make any changes without consulting your physician first. For any additional questions, be sure to contact your dentist or physician.
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