Objectives: The study was conducted to assess the utilization of medical and dental services
by dental patients at two dental school hospitals and to approximate the number of patients having no
known previous diagnosis of type 2 diabetes but are at high risk of acquiring it.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at two dental school hospitals in India. A 20-item
questionnaire was administered as interviews among the dental patients aged 35 to 55 years. Data was
collected on past dental and medical visits, medical history, family history relevant to diabetes, cardiovascular
health, BMI and waist circumference (measured).
Results: A total of 413 adult patients (males 61.26%, females 38.74%) participated in the surveys. The
mean age was 43.06 years. Results revealed that nearly 50% did not have a medical or a dental visit in
the last 1 year, 33% had Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD). Among those who did not have medical visit
in last one year 45% had BMI >25 kg, 55% had waist circumference above the normal range and 38%
were at high risk of diabetes.
Conclusion: The high number of patients without a medical visit in the past year or more, as well as the
high levels of diabetes risk indicators, affirms the need for dentists to perform chair-side screenings for
diabetes. These results suggest the need for additional training among dental students to improve early
detection and identification of high-risk patients to minimize potential morbidity due to diabetes.