- Casey Hein, BSDH, MBA; Assistant Professor; Department of Periodontics, College of Dentistry; Faculty of Health Science; University of Manitoba
- 2 hours
- Diabetes course: This course is designated for 2 hours of Continuing Dental Education Credits This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE). Casey Hein & Associates is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2015. Provider ID# 337890
We are now at the tipping point where the unrestrained epidemic in diabetes has outpaced traditional models of healthcare. This places right at the door steps of oral healthcare providers- including dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and dental assistants- an unprecedented opportunity to change what has clearly become an obsolete model for caring for patients with diabetes.
The responsibility to prevent diabetes, identify at-risk patients, and make a difference in diabetes case management can no longer fall solely to an overburdened medical community. Healthy People 2020 (among other reports), has called healthcare providers from all disciplines to become actively involved in helping to curb the epidemic trends in diabetes.
To answer this call to action, dental practitioners must move away from traditional practice, become significantly more knowledgeable about diabetes, and develop the skills and confidence necessary to fulfill our role on the Diabetes Healthcare Team. The well supported interrelationship between diabetes and periodontal disease provides another compelling rationale for oral healthcare providers’ collaboration with physicians and other non-dental healthcare providers.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Describe the epidemic trends in the prevalence of diabetes.
- Discuss the biological link between diabetes and periodontal disease.
- Discuss the importance of monitoring glycemic control (blood sugar) in dental patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
- Communicate scientifically founded messages to patients about the interrelationship between diabetes and periodontal disease.
- Implement bi-lateral point-of-care screening and referral of patients at risk for diabetes and periodontal disease (medical-dental collaboration).
- Document important information associated with the status of a patient’s glycemic control and diabetes case management.
- Recognize oral complaints and findings which may indicate impaired immune response in patients with diabetes.
- Consult with a patient’s physician regarding diabetes case management when necessary.
- Develop an integrated treatment plan customized according to patients’ individual diabetes status and glycemic control.
- Recognize a hypoglycemic event during dental treatment and appropriately respond to this emergency.