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Commissioning standard for dental care of people with T2D to launch at DPC2018

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The Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO) England will launch its Diabetes Commissioning Standard for dental care of patients with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes at DPC2018.

In their conference session entitled ‘The periodontitis-diabetes paradigm – launch of Diabetes Commissioning Standard’, Janet Clarke, Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England, and Professor Iain Chapple, Professor of Periodontology and Head of the School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham will explain what the standard is, and how it will benefit both healthcare professionals and people with, or at risk from, type 2 diabetes.

Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer, England, says: “The launch and implementation of the commissioning standard for dental care for patients with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes will ensure that people with this condition and those with pre-diabetes receive the appropriate level of care and treatment as accepted standard practice.

“The Commissioning Standard will open doors to more integrated clinical care pathways, underpinned by cooperation between dental and medical professions, and so help to improve the overall health and quality of life of our patients.”

Visitors will also be able to discuss the new standard and other aspects of OCDO’s work with team members on its stand at the DPC2018 exhibition.

Despite being one of the most common diseases to affect adults, periodontal diseases are one of the least acknowledged conditions. They are particularly prevalent in people with type 2 diabetes, who are three times more likely to develop periodontal disease than those without diabetes.

However, evidence suggests periodontal treatment can help glycaemic control, with several beneficial outcomes, including a reduction in HbA1C and removing a patient from pre-diabetes range to non-diabetes range.

The OCDO represents the head of the dental profession in England, providing professional leadership to Public Health England, the Department of Health, Health Education England, Care Quality Commission and other departmental bodies. Its key responsibilities are to provide: professional and clinical leadership on all matters relating to dental education; clinical input into NHS England and direct commissioning of all dental services; and clinical input into legislation that defines how primary care dental services are provided.

Alongside periodontal disease, the DPC2018 conference will focus on a number of other complications of diabetes in its Diabetes Co-morbidities stream. These include mental health and wellbeing, renal disease, retinopathy and cardiovascular disease.

For more information on these sessions, see the DPC2018 conference programme on our website.

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