Susan M Bissett

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Periodontitis is a common, chronic, inflammatory disease in which the supporting apparatus of the teeth is gradually destroyed, resulting in tooth mobility and tooth loss. Susceptibility to periodontitis is increased approximately three-fold in people with diabetes. Hyperglycemia leads to exacerbated tissue destruction and the clinical signs of(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore knowledge and attitudes regarding the links between diabetes and periodontitis of medical and dental healthcare professionals as well as those of people with diabetes. DESIGN Qualitative interview study. PARTICIPANTS 4 people with diabetes, four dental professionals, three general practitioners (GPs) with a specialist interest in(More)
The authors provide an overview of oral health, why it is important for older people and how poor oral health can affect nutritional status and quality of life. Practical advice is given on assessment of oral health; cleaning of natural teeth and dentures; and care of oral problems that commonly affect older people. An oral healthcare education session is(More)
Persistent orofacial pain is relatively common and known to have an adverse effect on quality of life. Previous studies suggest that the current care pathway may be problematic, but it is not well understood which health services patients access and what their experience is. The aim of this study was to explore care pathways and their impact from the(More)
UNLABELLED The treatment of periodontitis is a complex process that can last for many years. Successful management of this common inflammatory condition necessitates team work by the patient, dental hygienist and dentist. A variety of complex skills are required including, not only the necessary clinical skills, but also excellent communication, education(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine prevalence and factors predictive of periodontitis by using a standardized assessment model in adults with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We performed an observational cross-sectional study to determine the burden of periodontitis in adults with type 2 diabetes attending urban, ambulatory referral centers in the USA(More)
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