Diabetes Testing at the Dentist’s Office


Should you get tested for diabetes at the dentist’s office?

Periodontitis, a chronic gum infection characterized by swollen, tender or receding gums, can be an early warning sign of Type 2 diabetes, and dental offices could be an ideal place to screen for it, said Wijnand J. Teeuw, the first author of a new study of 313 middle-aged patients who visited a dental clinic in Amsterdam.

Researchers checked them for periodontitis and also tested their blood sugar with a finger-stick blood test. Among the group were 126 patients with mild or moderate periodontitis, 78 patients with severe periodontitis and 109 with healthy gums.

Nearly half of the patients with any degree of periodontitis had blood sugar tests indicating they had pre-diabetes, a condition…

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