November is National Diabetes Month!

November is National Diabetes Month!

DentaQuest Institute’s newest initiative aimed at integrating oral health into primary care, called MORE Care, is placing a special focus on adults with diabetes in rural primary care practices in South Carolina. Dr. Sean Boynes, Director of Interprofessional Practice at DentaQuest Institute, explained why adults with diabetes are such an important population for MORE Care practices. “Research shows that patients receiving oral health intervention may report improved A1c levels.   A1c levels are in indicator of overall blood sugar control, so by equipping primary care providers to assess risk, perform an oral exam, prescribe therapeutic interventions as needed and refer to a dentist, these primary care providers now have another way to help patients better control their diabetes.”

MORE Care teams focusing on adult diabetic populations are developing and testing strategies for integrating oral health interventions into their diabetes visits. Depending on the level of control a patient has over their diabetes, patients can be seen multiple times per year for acute and chronic care visits related to their diabetes diagnosis, which is often many more times than a patient would go to a dentist for a routine check-up.  “Our goal is to better equip primary care providers to detect and address oral health issues related to their diabetic patients; and equip dental providers to better understand and address their diabetic patients’ needs,” Boynes said. “This is what interprofessional practice is all about—dental providers and primary care providers working together to help patients stay healthier.”

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