Dentists Might Be Able To Screen For Diabetes

March 5, 2015 3:40 PM

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Dentists Might Be Able To Screen For Diabetes

(Reuters Health) - Dentists may be able to screen patients for diabetes while cleaning their teeth, a small study suggests.

Researchers found that testing for diabetes using blood that appears on the gums during a routine oral cleaning might be just as accurate as a standard screening that gets a blood sample by pricking the finger with a tiny needle.

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