Diabetes Testing Close to Home

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The traditional finger-stick test that is used to collect blood is certainly a very reliable method to aid in the initial diagnosis of diabetes.We as Dentists are in a unique position as well. Recent studies at New York University College of Dentistry have determined that periodontal probing bleeding points may be a useful diagnostic tool . Their studies found that 25% of patients experiencing crevicular bleeding were later found to be Diabetic. They used bleeding points as an initial reference point to perform blood tests for confirmation. A specific component of Hemoglobin occurs in crevicular peridontal bleeding that is also the type used for the traditional finger stick testing. The conclusion I’ve drawn is this: In the future we will be in a position to provide in-office screenings for diabetes by obtaining samples during our perio probings… That’s amazing and fantastic!

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