HBA1c Point-of-Care Testing in Bellevue, WA
The HbA1c glucose test (also called: glycohemoglobin, A1c, or hemoglobin A1c test) measures the average blood glucose levels over the past three months. For those with risk factors associated with both diabetes and gum disease, this test can help dentists determine whether the patient’s blood sugar levels are within the normal range or if intervention is needed. HbA1c can rapidly identify patients at-risk for diabetes and how it can impact their dental treatment.
This benefits the patient and the dentist by:
- Improving diagnoses of pre-diabetes and diabetes
- Preventing further development of gum disease
- Mitigating risk of poor healing and infection during dental surgeries
- Helping determine whether blood sugar levels are within a safe range or if intervention is needed (and avoid hypoglycemic emergencies in the dental office)
- Encourages dental-medical collaboration where healthcare professionals can work together to provide improved patient-centered, holistic care
Saving lives is as easy as A1c
The bidirectional relationship between gum disease and diabetes has been extensively studied. Research shows that chronic gum disease makes it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. Not only do diabetic patients have a high incidence of gum disease, but having diabetes also has a negative impact on the prognosis of their dental treatment. Because of this high incidence, it is no surprise that gum disease is often considered a complication of diabetes.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic inflammatory condition with links to diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pregnancy complications, cancer, and more. We call this link the Mouth-Body Connection®. It’s why knowing your blood sugar levels and family health history are so important.
HbA1c point-of-care testing can save lives through early detection of possible diabetes condition. With HbA1c testing, you can work with your dentist to assess your blood sugar levels and its effects on your oral health. Your dentist will also refer you to a primary care physician for definitive diabetes diagnosis and treatment plan, giving you holistic care.
HbA1c testing may be suggested by your dentist if you are having major dental work or after evaluating your dental and medical history.
After a thorough oral examination and reviewing your dental and medical history, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If your dentist recommends the HbA1c testing, you will experience the following:
- While sitting in the exam chair, the clinician will sterilize your finger to make sure the area is clean
- During the collection, the clinician will use a lancet to prick the tip of your finger and then collect a small sample for the test
- The sample is then processed in an analyzer. The results are generated and reviewed in less than 10 minutes
- The clinician will discuss the results with you and may recommend further evaluation with a medical professional