Diabetes and Oral Health

10 hours of online content plus the live session

03.04.2023 - 27.04.2023

This hybrid short course will provide an overview and understanding of the importance of collaborative working between oral healthcare providers and the broader healthcare team to ensure optimal outcomes for patients with periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. 

The course will also consider the role of the oral healthcare team in caring for patients with diabetes and practical advice with regards to their oral wellbeing.

Periodontitis is a chronic, non-communicable disease that affects around half the world’s adult population, with its severe form affecting approximately 11% of adults. It can have a significant psycho-social impact on patients as well as functional and nutritional consequences, limiting patients' ability to eat, smile and speak.

The growing burden of type 2 diabetes is well documented. The World Health Organisation reported that globally more than 422 million people had diabetes in 2014. In 2019, diabetes was the ninth leading cause of death with an estimated 1.5 million deaths directly caused by diabetes. Further to the associated mortality and morbidity are the significant economic costs associated with the type 2 diabetes.

There is now strong evidence for a bi-directional relationship between the two conditions offering the potential for a coordinated management approach that improves patient outcomes. This short course explores the evidence and potential management strategies to help in the treatment of these patients. The course will provide access to key resources to underpin the course content and provide practical tips and resources that can be shared with patients concerned about their oral health.

Programme team:

The course will be delivered by Miss Zehra Yonel, Professor Michael Milward, Professor Iain Chapple from the School of Dentistry, Dr Amar Puttanna - a Diabetes Consultant within the West-Midlands and Dominika Antoniszczak,  a dentist and person living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Dates of the course:

3rd April 2023 – 12th May 2023 with a live webinar session on the 27th April 2023

Course content:

  • Module 1: What is Periodontitis
  • Module 2: Diabetes (type 2)
  • Module 3: Periodontitis & Type 2 Diabetes
  • Module 4: The Role of The Healthcare Team in Identification, Prevention & Management of Diabetes
  • Module 5: Practical Tips & Resources

How to apply:

Registration is open, you can register for the course using a credit/debit card at the University online shop. The courses have minimum required attendance levels, and the University reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if the minimum required number of delegates has not been achieved for the course.

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