Assessment and management of patients with diabetes mellitus in the dental office

Dent Clin North Am. 2012 Oct;56(4):819-29. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2012.07.008. Epub 2012 Aug 17.


Diabetes mellitus is a serious chronic disease that affects many dental patients. Dental professionals have the potential and responsibility to assume an active role in the early identification, assessment, and management of their patients who present with or are at risk of developing diabetes. Close maintenance, meticulous monitoring of individual patient needs, and close collaboration with other health care professionals involved in the care will enable better control of the oral complications of diabetes and contribute to the better management of the patient's overall health status.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Care for Chronically Ill / methods*
  • Diabetes Complications / diagnosis*
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Periodontal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Periodontal Diseases / etiology*
  • Prediabetic State / diagnosis*
  • Risk Factors