Vermont Dental Conference

Program 11  "The Role of the Dental Professional in the Treatment of the Diabetic Patient"

 Dr. Daniel Pompa     3 CEUs/Clinical
Audience Code: D, H, A
Sponsored in part by Colgate

As the prevalence of diabetes continues to increase in the United States, so too will the number of dental patients affected by the disease. Almost one third of our senior population will develop diabetes. One out of three of these seniors will be undiagnosed.  This program addresses the relationship between oral health and diabetes and will discuss the practitioner’s role with management considerations for the patient with diabetes. An overview of diabetes will be discussed as well as its oral manifestations, consequences, and treatment recommendations.

 Program Objectives:

  • Define diabetes and differentiate between each type
  • Review the role the dentist and dental hygienist have in early detection for the diagnosis of diabetes
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Identify the risk factors and systemic complications of diabetes
  • Discuss the oral complications and management considerations for the dental patient with diabetes