“Oral hygiene is essential for people with diabetes.”
This is the message Warwick dentist Dr. Vipul J. Patel will present to adults attending the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, October 21. The support group, open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, is sponsored by the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital.
“Diabetes in Check,” will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room. Everyone is invited to attend this important educational program geared for all adults with diabetes and their families.
Dr. Patel’s presentation will explain the connection between systemic health and oral health, focusing on its relevance to diabetes. Periodontal disease can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood glucose levels. And people with diabetes tend to have more gum disease.
“This is an opportunity for us to offer a program where people with diabetes and their families and caregivers will learn the good news that those who have regular dental care experience better control of their blood sugar, compared to others with gum disease,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “And they can enjoy the same level of oral health as everyone else if they practice good oral hygiene, have regular professional care and keep their oral tissues healthy. Dental care is a very important aspect of everyone’s general health but especially important for those who have diabetes.”
Dr. Patel, who practices at Warwick Valley Dental in Warwick, is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is also a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health; an organization dedicated to the improvement of health by changing public and professional awareness of mouth-body health links.
Dr. Patel is also a member of the hospital’s Diabetes Advisory Committee. The organization, composed of former patients, members of the community, physicians, diabetes educators and other hospital personnel, meets twice each year to discuss ways to improve outpatient diabetes programs and best serve the community.
According to Dr. Patel, people with diabetes have a higher risk for periodontal disease, a chronic low-grade infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. And because diabetics tend to have more problems with infections and wound healing, gum disease represents a worrisome threat to both oral and general health.
The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease. They will show their patients how to live a normal and productive life with diabetes and how to control the disease through diet and exercise.
All adults with diabetes and their caregivers are urged to attend the October 21 “Diabetes in Check” meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168.
For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit bschs.bonsecours.com.