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Academy of General Dentistry study shows diabetics need to communicate their medication status to their dentists
A study published in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), highlights the importance of communication between diabetic patients and their dentists. Particularly important is the need to inform dentists if they are taking insulin and when their last dose was in order to anticipate the length of the appointment. Other current medications, including over-the-counter and herbal therapies, should also be disclosed to the dentist so that potential medication interactions and physical reactions to treatment can be anticipated. Important steps diabetic patients can take, according to AGD, include finding a dentist who is aware of the needs of diabetic patients; scheduling regular appointments; notifying the dentist of any changes in health and medications; informing the dentist of sores, swellings, or red or painful areas in the mouth; eating a normal meal prior to a dental appointment; taking diabetic medications on schedule; bringing a blood glucose monitor to the appointment; and alerting the dentist if symptoms associated with hypoglycemia are experienced. Copies of the AGD study, Pharmacologic management of Type 2 diabetes: A review for dentistry, can be obtained by calling (312)-440-4346.