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Summer 2019


Diabetes is one of the most frequent pathologies that dentists encounter, due to its high prevalence worldwide. The aim of this study is to present the correlation between diabetes and complete denture wearers, intending to emphasize the importance of proper control and denture adaptation to oral environment for this type of patient. Within the sphere of the dental office, one of the main complications to consider in this type of patient is periodontal disease, which is their most frequent complication. Other important oral manifestations considered in the research are fungal infections, xerostomia, and burning mouth syndrome. It is common for dentist to recommend wearing removable dentures for this type of patient when it comes to their oral rehabilitation. However, their functional and qualitative limitations can still lead to oral lesions. This is important because it is known that diabetic patients suffer from delayed wound healing, and have major susceptibility to infections. A good manufacturing and hygiene of a denture is of great importance in order to avoid compromising the oral mucosa. Also, repeated use can cause denture lesions; leading to mastication inefficiency and patient’s decreasing nutritional capacity. Lesions are more common when there is poor oral hygiene. There is however, treatment for this the type of diabetes suffered, the treatment given at this stage of the disease involves glycemic control factors to improve patient status. In addition, factors of the health professional´s instructions are of great importance, and should be well known; as well as removable dentures and patient’s oral health monitoring and periodic assessments.


This poster was presented at the CSTEP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (CSPUR) Poster Presentation at New York City College of Technology, June 27, 2019. Mentor: Professor Avis Smith (Restorative Dentistry).



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