Colgate Oral Care Report Series- Volume 22 – No 3 – Diabetes and Dental Practice: The Dental Office and Point of Care Assessment

Dominick P. DePaola

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has reached over 12% in the US, where it is the seventh leading cause of death and a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic lower-limb amputation.

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This important topic will be covered along with Childhood Caries and Obesity: Common Risk Factors, Early Childhood Caries: Screening Tools for Risk Assessment, Insurance-Related Barriers to Dental Care Access, and Education and Collaborative Practice Across Borders and Professions.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of reading these articles, the clinician will be able to:

  • Learn how an easy-to-use, patient-acceptable in-office test can uncover the presence of diabetes mellitus.
  • See how simple interventions to promote healthy diet and behavior can help prevent both childhood caries and obesity.
  • Discover the latest approaches for identifying children at risk of developing dental caries.
  • Become aware of reasons for oral healthcare disparities among some ethnic and cultural groups in the US.