New Jersey Dentists to Play New Role Screening for Diabetes

A visit to the dentist could soon give patients a better understanding of their diabetes status, information that can help them improve both oral and medical health if they are living with the potentially deadly condition.

Starting next year, dentists in certain states — including New Jersey — will be able to get paid for performing chair-side diabetes screenings for at-risk patients. Advocates hope the change will enable dentists to offer more effective care, while empowering patients with important health information.

While dentists traditionally take health histories on their patient, and may even perform select screenings, the focus has generally been the safety and efficacy of oral health treatments.

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