Today on World Oral Health Day, IDF calls for oral healthcare to be given the same degree of attention as other types of healthcare.
Growing evidence demonstrates the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes and affirms the principle that proper oral health is necessary for good general health; meaning oral health is a vital component of everyone’s wellbeing.
Advancing the bidirectional relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease will foster tighter bonds between medicine and dentistry as oral healthcare providers enter into the diabetes management team. Removing the barriers that separate oral health and systemic health, in conjunction with the philosophy of interdisciplinary care will create opportunities for developing models of care which meet the public’s needs.
The principle objective is to ensure that all individuals with diabetes have proper oral health
- Download the IDF Guideline on Oral Health for People with Diabetes  (pdf, 616KB)