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December 20, 2017

The Interrelationship Between Nutrition and Oral Health and the Impact of Diabetes

By Karen Lau, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
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Patients with diabetes face a multitude of systemic health problems, including oral issues. A multidisciplinary approach that includes oral health professionals can help patients prevent or manage this chronic and progressive disease. Education on oral complications of diabetes, including periodontal disease, can be included in the dental appointment, along with appropriate screenings. In addition, taking note of oral conditions, blood sugar levels, and nutrient deficiencies and making recommendations to patients on dietary changes can aid in advancing this collaborative public health effort.


  • Explain the interrelation between diabetes and oral health.

  • Identify the role of nutrition in diabetes and oral health.

  • List methods of patient education on the oral-systemic link that can be employed by dental professionals.

About the Author

Karen Lau, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Joslin Diabetes Center; Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusettes

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