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ATSU Continuing Education

march, 2016

26mar8:30 am11:30 amDiabetes MellitusStrategies for Providing Comprehensive Care


Event Details

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that can cause devastating systemic complications. Currently, almost 29 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 25% do not know they have the disease. Another 86 million have pre-diabetes. Individuals with diabetes may present with a variety of oral manifestations. Treatment of patients with diabetes requires careful attention to ensure that oral health is maintained and precautions are taken to avoid medical emergencies. This course provides an update on diabetes mellitus, including types of diabetes, etiology, diagnostic studies, treatment, and guidelines for providing oral health care. As oral health care providers, dental professionals have an opportunity to assist individuals with diabetes to manage the oral manifestations of the disease as well as to maintain glycemic control.

Program Objectives:

  • Recognize the complexity of providing oral health care to medically compromised patients.
  • Explain the differences between diabetes and prediabetes.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus.
  • Describe the risk factors for diabetes mellitus.
  • Identify the health problems that occur as a consequence of diabetes mellitus.
  • Explain the significance of the A1c study in determining glycemic control.
  • Identify treatment options for individuals with diabetes mellitus including the new  algorithm models from the AACE.
  • Describe the oral manifestations of diabetes mellitus.
  • Explain to patients the relationship between glycemic control and periodontal/oral health.
  • Identify guidelines for providing oral health care for patients with diabetes mellitus when performing dental hygiene assessment and treatment.
  • Appreciate the role of the dental hygienist as part of an interdisciplinary team to help manage and control diabetes mellitus.
  • Increase interdisciplinary referrals for individuals with diabetes mellitus.

Audience: All Dental Professionals

Meet the Instructor: JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, is Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University. She is the President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists and Past President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Dr. Gurenlian maintains a column entitled “Looking Ahead” in RDH magazine, and is co-author of the textbook “Preventing Medical Emergencies”. She has conducted over 550 presentations and published over 220 papers. She has been active in dental hygiene for over 35 years as a leader, educator, clinician, administrator, researcher, and international speaker.

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

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Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health is a proud member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education

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