Visiting the dentist for dental care exams and procedures could protect more than just a patient's oral health.
Recent research found that roughly 90 percent of people who suffer from gum disease are at high risk for diabetes, according to New York University. Experts now say that dentists should offer screenings for the condition in their offices.
"In light of these findings, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct an initial diabetes screening - an important first step in identifying those patients who need follow-up testing to diagnose the disease," Dr Shiela Strauss, an associate professor at NYU's dentistry school, says on the university's website.
Strauss claims that 93 percent of subjects who had periodontal disease were considered to be at high risk for diabetes, while only 63 percent of individuals with good dental health might eventually develop the condition, reports the news source.
The Mayo Clinic says individuals who have diabetes have too much glucose in their blood. Pre-diabetes, which is potentially reversible, is an illness that involves elevated blood-sugar levels that aren't high enough to be classified as diabetes.
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