Root caries and diabetes: risk assessing to improve oral and systemic health outcomes

Australian Dental Journal, 06/01/2012

Many patients with diabetes or abnormal blood glucose levels are unaware of their condition or that they are at increased risk for oral disease. Systemic blood glucose concentrations are comparable to those found in gingival crevicular blood (GCB) and therefore may be a useful adjunctive clinical aid in determining appropriate care for patients and providing timely referrals to general medical practitioners. Use of GCB testing within the dental clinic is described.

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