The ABCs of HbA1c: A Review of In-Office Diabetes Testing for the Dental Professional

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The ABCs of HbA1c: A Review of In-Office Diabetes Testing for the Dental Professional

Faculty: Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, MEd, RF | Elizabeth Sanders, DPM, DABPM, AACFAS

Expiration Date: October 31, 2023

Credits: 3

Fee: $59.00

AGD Code(s): 730

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder affecting an estimated 463 million people or one in 11 adults worldwide. As research unpacks the codependent relationship between diabetes mellitus and a variety of diseases of oral origin, dental providers become an integral aspect to the identification, counseling, and referral of at-risk patients. Moreover, dental professionals are now encouraged to take an active role in the early identification of diabetes through hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing, which strengthens a partnership between primary care providers and dental specialists while enhancing multidisciplinary involvement in optimal patient care. This article investigates the risks as well as signs and symptoms associated with undiagnosed diabetes mellitus, the manifestations of diabetes mellitus, and the step-by-step process for integrating HbA1c testing into the dental practice.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  1. Understand the current scientific literature indicating implications for incidence and prevalence of diabetes mellitus and oral disease, as well as the signs and symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus in the dental patient.
  2. Review the oral manifestations as well as the systemic sequelae of diabetes mellitus, while identifying the risk factors and potential shared etiologic factors associated with diabetes mellitus and oral disease.
  3. Discuss the opportunities for cotherapeutic management of diabetes mellitus and associated complications, including counseling strategies and guidelines for the implementation of dental services for patients with diabetes.
  4. Identify the clinical provision, indications, and process for gathering HbA1c point-of-service tests in the dental office while utilizing the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT)-approved code.

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