DOES DIABETES INFLUENCE ORAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN?
Background and aims:Diabetes has a high prevalence in both pediatric as well as adult populations in present times. Dental caries represents also a very serious problem form the health point of view in all population. Our study wishes to emphasize the relation between diabetes and oral health status in pediatric patients, also inquiring upon their awareness of the link between the two. Material and method:15 diabetic patients were compared with 15 non-diabetic matching patients. Results:The study concluded in showing the importance of a correct oral hygiene in all patients with emphasize in cases of diabetic patients. Conclusions: Awareness of the link between diabetes and oral health status should be promoted not only by dentists but also by their general medicine practitioner as well as diabetes specialists and nutrition specialist.