According to a study, despite being at a higher risk of getting periodontal diseases, diabetics visit the dentist less frequently.
According to a study, despite being at a higher risk of getting periodontal diseases, diabetics visit the dentist less frequently. The study from the University of New York and the University of East Carolina showed a general decrease in dental visits between adults with and without diabetes, but people with diabetes are the least likely to get oral health care.
Research has shown a bidirectional relationship between diabetes and oral health. People with diabetes have an increased risk of periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissue and bones, while periodontal disease has an adverse effect on the control of blood glucose, which can contribute to the progression of diabetes.
In fact, periodontal disease has been called the "sixth complication" of diabetes after problems such as kidney disease, damage to the retina and heart disease.
"For people living with diabetes, regular dental check-ups, along with proactive personal diabetes and diabetes care, are important for maintaining good oral health. "Regular dental visits provide opportunities for the prevention, early detection and treatment of periodontal disease, which can potentially help control blood glucose and prevent the complications of diabetes," said Bei Wu, lead author of the study. .
To have an up-to-date understanding of dental visits among people with diabetes, this study evaluated the trends of annual dental visits from 2004 to 2014 in adults with diabetes, prediabetes and without diabetes, and assessed racial and ethnic disparities in dental visits.
The researchers used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual telephone survey of US adults. UU During which the respondents are asked whether or not they had a dental visit in the last 12 months and if they were ever diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes.
The researchers found that people with diabetes were less likely to visit the dentist, followed by people with prediabetes. From 2004 to 2014, the proportion of annual dental visits decreased from 66.1 percent to 61.4 percent among people with diabetes, from 66 percent to 64.9 percent among people with prediabetes, and from 71.9 percent to 66.5 percent among people with diabetes. people without diabetes
"This pattern is worrying, given that timely dental care is essential for good oral health, especially in people with diabetes. Those who need dental care the most are those who are less likely to have it, "said study author Huabin Luo.
Several factors may explain the underutilization of dental services by people with diabetes, according to the researchers. People may not be aware of the impact of diabetes on their oral health and vice versa.
"Health care providers and public health professionals should promote oral health in the management of diabetes and encourage people with diabetes to visit the dentist at least once a year. Increasing access to dental services is vital to achieve this goal, "Wu said.
The study has been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. (AND ME)
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Reference: https://www.thehealthsite.com/news/oral-health-important-for-diabetes-management-ag0418/, by ANI