General

1. Obtain a thorough medication/ health history.

2. Patients may need frequent appointments to monitor healing process.

3. Decreased saliva flow can put the patient at risk for dental caries, periodontal disease, and candidiasis.

4. Assess patient's knowledge of diabetes; compliance with therapy and dietary regimen.

5. Patients with diabetes may be more susceptible to infection and delayed wound healing and may require frequent appointments 3-4 times a year.

6. Determine if patient is self-monitoring his/her antidiabetic therapy; including blood glucose values, finger sticks, or urine glucose monitoring.

7. Prophylactic antibiotics may be necessary in order to prevent infection if surgery or deep scaling is required.

8. Keep a sugar source readily available, i.e., tube of cake frosting, orange juice.

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