Joined up mouth care for people with type 2 diabetes


  Posted by: The Probe      14th August 2019

People with type 2 diabetes are to get joined up care when receiving dental treatment thanks to new standards set by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

This new standard supports the ambition in the NHS Long Term Plan to move towards a care service model in which patients will get improved  support through joined-up care in a timely manner.
Evidence shows a two-way relationship between type 2 diabetes and periodontitis. This means people with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of developing periodontitis, and people with periodontitis are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
With effective management of oral health and treatment of periodontitis, people can reduce their HbA1C levels which is crucial to managing type 2 diabetes.

This Standard sets out the type of a care a person with diabetes can receive from the dental team:
               • A full dental examination
               • Assessment of their gum health
               • Expert advice on maintaining excellent oral health

Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer for England said:
“The consequences of periodontitis disease and type 2 diabetes can be devastating, the new standards will ensure people can take better control over their own health. With evidence now showing the clear link between periodontitis and type 2 diabetes, it is appropriate for NHS England and NHS Improvement to be issuing new standards to ensure people receive the best care possible”.

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