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1,300 dental hygienists partake in Aula DENTAID courses on diabetes and periodontal disease

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The last cycle of Aula DENTAID courses, addressed to dental hygienists, takes place during the months of April, May, June and September in a total of 17 cities in Spain under the title “Diabetes and periodontal health: a two-way relationship.” More than 1,300 industry professionals have already attended these training sessions, which began in Seville last April and will finalise in Zaragoza this coming September 17th.

This training program deals with how diabetes can affect oral health, more specifically, periodontal disease, and is a risk factor for the development thereof; and it focuses on how periodontal disease can also affect diabetes. Scientific evidence about how the treatment of periodontitis can improve glycaemic control and vice versa is also discussed. Oral Hygiene and care that may be recommended by dentists and hygienists to diabetic patients in order to prevent the onset of periodontal disease are also indicated in each session.

The reason for holding these courses is that, as research shows, periodontitis patients are at increased risk of poor glycaemic control and diabetes-related complications, and even of developing the disease when it is initially not present. It is estimated that about 90% of the population may suffer from some type of oral infectious disease, including tooth decay and gingivitis, and that up to 50% of adults have periodontitis. Along these lines, the International Diabetes Federation predicts that 642 million people will have diabetes in 2040, compared with the 415 million suffering from the disease today.

The main cause of periodontal disease is the accumulation of dental plaque, or bacterial biofilm, in the subgingival area and the inflammatory response triggered thereby. Similar to how bacteria and inflammatory mediators are responsible for damaging the tooth supporting tissues, this damage can spread to other parts of the body. This is because both bacteria and inflammatory mediators pass into the bloodstream and potentially travel to other parts of the body.

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