Diabetes: Dental Management and Links to Periodontal Disease - L0785

$29.95

About Course #L0785

Release Date: October 7, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Diabetes mellitus, a chronic disease of metabolism, poses a significant public health challenge in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the U.S. population, have diabetes. Of these people, 21 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, while 8.1 million remain undiagnosed. Approximately 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Appropriate management of the patient with diabetes by the dental team requires an understanding of the patient's metabolic control, as well as the patient's potential for and limitations related to response to treatment with current therapy. The dental team plays a vital role in the overall health care of patients with diabetes through recognition and treatment of their oral needs, especially regarding tooth loss and related periodontal conditions.

The purpose of this basic-level course is to equip dental professionals to recognize the classifications and classic signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus, to grasp the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, and to identify periodontal and other oral manifestations associated with diabetes, including attachment loss, alveolar bone loss, gingivitis, xerostomia, and oral candidiasis. Moreover, this course discusses dental treatment considerations for patients with diabetes, adverse interactions between hypoglycemic medications and adjunct dental treatment medications, and emergency management procedures for patients with diabetes.

AGD Subject Code: 754

Course Objectives

  • Describe the classic signs and symptoms of the different types of diabetes.
  • Explain the association between periodontal disease and diabetes.
  • Identify periodontal and other oral manifestations of diabetes.
  • List dental treatment considerations for diabetic patients.
  • Identify the potential adverse interactions between common oral hypoglycemic medications and medications used adjunctive to dental treatment.
  • Describe the emergency management of dental patients with diabetes.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, received a bachelor's degree in biology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and a DDS from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985. He has been a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry since 1994 and a Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional since 2007. Dr. Szarejko has more than 30 years of dental experience in New York and Florida. He is currently staff dentist at the Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Florida, and has been an examiner for the State of Florida dental and dental hygiene examinations since 1994. Dr. Szarejko has presented nationally on correctional health care and has authored more than 20 continuing education courses.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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