How Your Dentist may Help You Detect Diabetes


DentistGoing to the dentist may help potential diabetics discover the risk of their symptoms and get the necessary treatment sooner. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that using the gingival crevicular blood (CGB), or oral blood, will get nearly identical results found in samples using finger stick blood (FSB).

A Blood Sample a Day

The A1c (HbA1c) test is the procedure that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) promote for the diagnosis of diabetes, and glycaemic control monitoring. The tests found that the samples taken from more than four hundred dental patients had a correlation of ninety nine percent.

The closeness of the blood chemistry is a significant find because it allows dental practitioners to procure samples for HbA1c testing in patients that are at risk for diabetes. The idea that oral blood could provide any accurate results with regards to diabetes screening was suspect before the test. This is because doctors were afraid that the substances within the mouth would affect the chemistry of the sample.

These findings will greatly benefit people who don’t know they’re at risk of diabetes because it gives them an extra channel through which they can get tested. People will consult with dentists regarding their oral health more often, on average, than they would their paediatrician regarding their overall health.

Don’t Keep the Doctor Away Forever

Statistically, the only times an average person visits the doctor is if they have a history of an illness, or are already feeling the symptoms of a certain condition. On the other hand, a person can go to a dentist for more than their bi-annual appointment. Some Northbridge dentists, for example, offer cosmetic procedures such as whitening, Invisalign, and implants in addition to their routine dental services.

In addition to screening patients at risk of diabetes, it also helps doctors monitor patients already diagnosed with diabetes. Glycaemic control and monitoring is an inaccurate task at best because of the infrequent opportunities patients have to offer samples. Providing samples during dentist appointments can help by providing a pseudo-regular schedule of sample collection, or at least increase the number of samples collected.