Periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar. Patients with periodontitis and severe gingival inflammation who do not respond to routine periodontal therapy should be screened for diabetes. The A1C1 test – also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test – is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used test to diagnose pre-diabetes and is also the main test to
help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. High A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes. By communicating and coordinating the treatment of diabetic patients, medical and dental care providers have an opportunity to provide better care of our patients.