What does having good glycemic control mean for oral health?

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The word "glycemic" means blood sugar. You should maintain good glycemic control. Your doctor will often order a test every 3 to 6 months to determine your HbA1c levels; commonly abbreviated to A1c. This test will show how much of your blood hemoglobin has attached to glucose. An A1c level below 7% is normal. If you have more than 7%, you are considered to be hyperglycaemic (too much sugar in your blood) because you do not have enough insulin. Insulin helps sugar enter cells where it is needed for the body's fuel. Your dentist or oral surgeon needs to know if you have recently had hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.

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