Tooth Decay and Diabetes Mellitus

This course identifies ways that oral health professionals can help patients with diabetes mellitus achieve oral and overall wellness.

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A peer-reviewed article written by Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc


As oral health professionals, we recognize the role that systemic diseases, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, play in modulating oral health. Specifically, this article outlines the role that diabetes mellitus has on 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

Erinne Kennedy DMD, MPH, graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine in 2015. She received her MMSc in dental education from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and is a board-certified dental public health specialist who practices clinical dentistry at the Alliance Dental Center, LLC in Quincy, MA.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 3

    Course Type: Written

    Published Date: JULY 2020

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

    CE planner disclosure: Laura Winfield, Endeavor Business Media dental group CE coordinator, neither has a leadership nor commercial interest with the products or services discussed in this educational activity. Ms. Winfield can be reached at

    Educational disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

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    Scientific integrity statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

    Known benefits and limitations of the data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the data and information contained in the reference section.

    Registration: The cost of this CE course is $59.00 for 3 CE credits.

    Cancellation and refund policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Endeavor Business Media in writing.

    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: . Expires JUNE 2023. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”


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