D2. Patients with diabetes are at more risk for delayed wound healing and developing infections. Prophylactic antibiotics may be necessary if surgery or deep scaling is anticipated.
3. Bring patients in more frequently to assess healing processes.
4. Make sure that the patient is following his or her diet and medication regimen.
5. Determine if the patient is self-monitoring his or her drug's antidiabetic effect.
6. Even though this medication does not cause hypoglycemia it may be used with another antidiabetic medication that does. Therefore, monitor vital signs and assess for signs and symptoms of hypoglyce-mia. Keep a sugar or juice source avaliable if hypoglycemia occurs. Client/Family Teaching
1. Counsel the patient about the importance of good oral hygiene.
2. Avoid mouth rinses with alcohol because alcohol can exacerbate dry mouth.
3. Counsel the patient about the importance of avoiding injury with home oral care products.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...