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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Dental Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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When was your last dental visit?

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How well are your blood sugar levels controlled?

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Is this appointment with a current or new dentist?

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Most important questions to ask about Dental Care for Diabetics

Top 10 Questions about Dental Care for Diabetics

  1. How should I care for my mouth, teeth and gums?
  2. Do I need any special preparation for my dental care appointments?
  3. What regular exams, procedures and tests do I need for optimal dental care?
  4. Do you have my current A1c and medication list documented in my dental record?
  5. Do you have my doctor's contact information?
  6. Do any of the medications you will use during my dental appointment/procedure affect my blood sugar levels or my diabetes medications?
  7. Will I need to change my diet, medications or insulin regimen following my dental appointment/procedure?
  8. How does my blood sugar control affect my dental health and how does my dental health affect my blood sugar control?
  1. How should I care for my mouth, teeth and gums?
  2. What signs should I look for in my mouth when I inspect it for potential problems?
  3. Do I need to make any changes to my current dental care schedule?
  4. What might happen if I do not continue regular dental care?
  5. Do I need any special preparation for my dental care appointments?
  6. What regular exams, procedures and tests do I need for optimal dental care?
  7. Can you allow time for me to check my blood sugar at the start of my appointment?
  8. Can I schedule my appointments mid-morning to avoid meal scheduling problems?
  9. Do you have my current A1c and medication list documented in my dental record?
  10. Do you have my doctor's contact information?
  11. Can the stress of a dental appointment or procedure affect my blood sugar control and should I check my blood sugars before and during the appointment?
  12. Do any of the medications you will use during my dental appointment/procedure affect my blood sugar levels or my diabetes medications?
  13. Does diabetes affect my recovery time from dental procedures?
  14. Will I need to change my diet, medications or insulin regimen following my dental appointment/procedure?
  15. What precautions do I need to take if my part of my mouth or face is numb for a dental procedure?
  16. Am I a good candidate for dental implants instead of dentures or a bridge?
  17. Can we work out a payment plan to pay for my dental procedure?
  18. How does my blood sugar control affect my dental health and how does my dental health affect my blood sugar control?
  19. Does diabetes put me at higher risk of tooth decay and cavities?
  20. Does diabetes put me at risk of gum disease and bleeding gums and what precautions should I take?
  21. Does diabetes put me at risk of mouth infections, such as thrush, and how can I best prevent them?
  22. Does diabetes cause bad breath or other changes in breath, such as fruity breath or ammonia breath? Should I be concerned about any of these changes?
  23. Can diabetes cause changes in my sense of taste?
  24. Does diabetes make me more likely to develop inflammation, ulcers or sores in my mouth? How can I prevent sores and ulcers and care for them if they develop?
  25. What other dental or mouth conditions does diabetes put me at risk of developing?
  26. Are there any dental or mouth symptoms that should prompt me to contact you or my doctor right away?

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Top 10 Questions about Dental Care for Diabetics

  1. How should I care for my mouth, teeth and gums?
  2. Do I need any special preparation for my dental care appointments?
  3. What regular exams, procedures and tests do I need for optimal dental care?
  4. Do you have my current A1c and medication list documented in my dental record?
  5. Do you have my doctor's contact information?
  6. Do any of the medications you will use during my dental appointment/procedure affect my blood sugar levels or my diabetes medications?
  7. Will I need to change my diet, medications or insulin regimen following my dental appointment/procedure?
  8. How does my blood sugar control affect my dental health and how does my dental health affect my blood sugar control?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: March 11, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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