Diabetes and Oral Care
Saturday, May 8
Quick Summary: Diabetic patients abound and they require unique monitoring and dental care.
Fee: Doctors $58 All Others $17
Course Description: 33 million Americans are afflicted by diabetes mellitus, with 7.2 million cases undiagnosed. With the increasing diabetes epidemic, it is estimated that by the year 2050 one in three Americans will be diabetic in their lifetime. Diabetic patients are 2-3 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-diabetics. With 80% of diabetics residing in the middle and lower class American society, dental clinicians have the ability to make a difference in the life of these individuals. In 2018, new CDT codes were implemented to aid dental care workers to identify and help manage the oral systemic link of diabetes. This course will help identify the types, causes, and treatments to provide the best care possible.
- Review the types and causes of diabetes mellitus.
- Review of common medications used to treat diabetes and related conditions.
- Introduce alternative glucose monitoring systems in diabetes care.
- Discuss link of periodontal disease and diabetes control.
- Learn new CDT codes for HbA1c in-office testing.
- Discuss implementing oral care routines for diabetic patients that may be instrumental for improved home care.
Course most appropriate for: Dentists, Hygienists, and Clinical Assistants
C.E. Hours: 3 clinical hours
Academy of General Dentistry Code: 754