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.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
- Define and understand the key differences between types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
- Identify the relationship between dental caries and diabetes mellitus
- Understand the role of saliva in the progression of tooth decay in patients with diabetes mellitus
- Describe the ways in which the oral microbiome changes in patients with chronic disease
- 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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