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How do you best explain to diabetic patients that it is in their best interest to have their teeth cleaned more frequently then every 6 months?



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How to educate patients, depends on their level of knowledge and understanding, so the explanation should be tailored to that. Inflammation and infection in the mouth can make it hard for a diabetic to control blood sugar levels. Going the other direction (bi-directional) poor control of blood sugar levels can lower a diabetics immune response, leading to gum disease. With uncontrolled blood sugar levels, diabetes can progress leading to retinopathy (loss of vision), neuropathy (damage to nerves), and damage to other body systems like the kidneys and heart. So it’s a two way street, this is why keeping the mouth healthy with frequent visits to remove the bacteria is very important in diabetics. Here are just a couple links about diabetes and the importance of oral health to help you describe and tailor your response of the importance to diabetic patients:
 
http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/2013/01_January/Features/How_to_Care_for_Patients_With_Diabetes.aspx
 
http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-31/issue-6/features/systemic-diabetes.html

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