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  1. Stegeman, Cynthia A. RDH, MEd, RD, LD, CDE


Periodontal disease, a microvascular complication of diabetes mellitus, is a group of infections and lesions affecting the tissues that form the attachment apparatus of a tooth or teeth. An individual with uncontrolled diabetes will have an increased risk of infection and abnormal healing time that will compromise the health of the oral cavity. A collaborative team approach between the home care clinician and dental professionals results in accurate patient assessment and education that results in better overall health outcomes.