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Dr. Jane Ungemack ; Dr.Joseph Burleson

Field of Study

Public Health


Master of Public Health

Open Access

Open Access


The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a need to incorporate a diabetic risk assessment in an academic dental clinic. An analysis of existing patient records and a survey administered to new patients seeking care at the University of Connecticut Health Center dental clinics were utilized to determine: a) what was the prevalence of diabetic patients; b) how many patients were at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes; and c) whether their oral health knowledge relating to diabetes varied by their diabetic status. The survey was administered over a four-month time period, in which 200 patients responded, resulting in a 95.5% response rate. This study concluded that UConn Health dental clinics have a large percentage of patients who are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and a large percentage of diabetic patients. Diabetic patients knew significantly more about the systemic complications associated with diabetes as compared to the non-diabetic group. However, all participants lacked sufficient knowledge about the relationship between oral health and diabetes. Dental providers may need to play a larger role in educating patients about the oral health complications associated with diabetes. Performing a diabetic risk assessment in an academic dental setting may prove beneficial to patient care.

Major Advisor

Dr.Sarita Arteaga