Improving Diabetes Management by Improving Oral Health
Several intervention studies now show that a dental cleaning below the gum line leads to improved glycemic control (HbA1C) in Type 2 diabetics for up to 6 months.
There are about 3 million Type 2 diabetics in Canada and another 5 million who are pre-diabetic. It is an expensive chronic disease largely driven by age and socio-economic status; consequently, as the community grows old and as the number on fixed incomes increases, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is expected to increase significantly.
So there are good reasons to get the diabetic to his/her dentist for a dental cleaning on an ongoing basis.
But affordability, anxiety and convenience get in the way.
In particular, aging Canada is largely uninsured or under-insured for dental services, and those with fixed incomes or lower incomes are rarely found in the dental waiting room.
And even if the diabetic has dental insurance, by no means does it mean he or she goes to the dentist regularly. As many as 1 in 3 with dental insurance, avoid the dentist out of fear of co-pays or pain.
The Canadian diabetic adult visits his/her physician regularly, often on quarterly basis. Why not deliver preventive oral healthcare in this venue?
We believe Prevora plays a pivotal role in creating a new integrated model of oral healthcare inside the physician’s office. This topical treatment can be delivered via mobile hygiene in a treatment plan which coincides with the doctor’s visit. It quickly lowers inflammation of the gums and protects the teeth from decay for long periods. And just as important, it is affordable and painless.
To learn more how Prevora can help you, please contact us.
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