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Link between diabetes and oral health: Practitioners share new data, treatment protocols

from DentistryIQ

The links between oral disease and other systemic health issues are well known. While some 65 percent of people in the U.S. have periodontal disease, the rate is 90 percent among individuals with diabetes. Yet, there continues to be little to no connection between the medical and dental care that patients receive. A May 4 scientific symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences will bring together physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, endocrinologists, dentists, periodontists, dental hygienists, epidemiologists, public health and nursing professionals, and basic researchers to examine the bidirectional relationship between oral disease and diabetes. more

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