The A1C test can be done by our office with a simple finger stick blood test, with results in 5 minutes. An A1C score between 6-7 could be an indication of pre-diabetes. Since we often see patients more than their doctors, we feel offering this valuable service in our office that can help us determine if further testing should be done by a physician. The health of the mouth is often a warning sign that something else is going on within the body.
When your blood sugar spikes, it puts a little spot on your blood or hemoglobin. The % of your hemoglobin that is glycated is the best measure of your average blood sugar over a 2-3 month period. The inflammatory chemicals produced by periodontal disease affect blood sugar control and can double the chance of developing diabetes. Removing the gum infection can improve your blood sugar control if you are a diabetic or prevent you from becoming diabetic if you are pre-diabetic.