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Dental Treatment For Diabetic Patients

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In recognition of National Diabetes Month in November, Emergency Dental Care USA reminds diabetic patients that they should pay special attention to their oral health care, and address potential problems as quickly as possible. Diabetics who properly manage and treat periodontal disease could save an average of $1,477 on pharmacy costs and an average of $1,814 on medical care costs per year. Diabetics are more susceptible to abscesses, gum disease and oral health issues because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, according to the American Dental Association. Healing from infection also can be delayed if blood sugars aren’t under control. Sometimes the treatment of periodontal disease involves performing a root canal on a tooth that’s damaged or infected. But some patients may delay a necessary trip to the dentist because they’re not sure what’s involved in a root canal, or how much it will hurt, says Michael Obeng, D.D.S., of Emergency Dental Care USA. That’s why he takes the time to explain the basic structure of a tooth, and the root canal process before performing one on a patient who’s in pain, he said. A tooth has three layers. The outer layer is Continue reading >>

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  1. pedro606

    Do diabetics qualify for free or reduced cost treatment on NHS?
    It is just that I have had a letter from the dentist reminding me of the need for a check-up and to bring along proof if I qualify for free treatment etc.
    cheers,
    Pete

  2. Talia

    Hi
    Unfortunately dental treatment is not part of the free NHS treatment for diabetics (i asked at my dental surgery a couple of years ago). Free perscriptions for those on tablets or insulin and free eye tests are a good benefit tho' .
    Talia

  3. pedro606

    Thanks for that. I did suspect that would be the case but just wanted to make sure.
    Pete

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