Tooth Decay and Diabetes Mellitus

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Oral Pathology & Radiology

About the Course

Tooth Decay and Diabetes Mellitus

Faculty: Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc

Expiration Date: June 30, 2023

Credits: 3

Fee: $59.00

AGD Code(s): 010

As oral health professionals, we recognize the role that systemic diseases, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), play in modulating oral health. Specifically, this course outlines the role that diabetes mellitus plays in salivary output and composition and the oral microbiome. This course identifies ways that oral health professionals can help patients with diabetes mellitus achieve oral and overall wellness. Suggestions include increased recare visits, chairside screening for chronic disease and saliva health, and the use of innovative prevention products that improve salivary flow, strengthen the oral microbiome, and neutralize the pH of the oral environment.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

1. Define and understand the key differences between types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus.

2. Identify the relationship between dental caries and diabetes mellitus.

3. Understand the role of saliva in the progression of tooth decay in patients with diabetes mellitus.

4. Describe the ways in which the oral microbiome changes in patients with chronic disease.

5. Discuss unique ways to improve the oral health and reduce the risk for disease in patients with diabetes mellitus.

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