Center for Diabetes Education will host dental workshop on March 19

| 15 Mar 2012 | 12:16

WARWICK — Oral hygiene is essential for people with diabetes. This is the message Warwick dentist Dr. Vipul J. Patel will present to adults attending the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, March 19.

The support group, open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, is sponsored by the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

“Diabetes in Check,” will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room.

Patel, who practices at Warwick Valley Dental in Warwick, is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He believes that people with diabetes have a higher risk for periodontal disease, a chronic low-grade infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. And because diabetics tend to have more problems with infections and wound healing, gum disease represents a worrisome threat to both oral and general health.

Patel’s presentation will explain the connection between systemic health and oral health, focusing on its relevance to diabetes. Periodontal disease can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood glucose levels. And people with diabetes tend to have more gum disease.

Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit