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The dentist plays a major role, with other members of the health team, in helping a patient with diabetes maintain glycemic control by achieving optimal oral health. The inflammation associated with poor oral hygiene can generate systemic inflammatory response and in turn exacerbate diabetes, worsen cardiovascular outcomes, and increase mortality. In a series of free webinars organised by Curaden Academy, three experts will discuss exactly how dental professionals can set up their diabetic patients for optimal health.
Dr Marc Y. Donath on immune system response and anti-inflammatory treatment —Tuesday, 10 November, 6 p.m. CEST
In patients with Type 2 diabetes, metabolic stress leads to pathological activation of the immune system. In his webinar, “Inflammation and Type 2 diabetes: Pathogenesis and current treatment protocols”, Dr Donath will discuss the pathogenesis of Type 2 diabetes, provide an overview of current treatment protocols and consider the potential of future anti-inflammatory treatment, including the impact on periodontitis.
Dr Corinna Bruckmann on the diabetes–periodontitis relationship—Thursday, 12 November, 6 p.m. CEST
The relationship between diabetes and periodontitis is bidirectional: uncontrolled diabetes leads to a threefold higher risk of developing advanced periodontitis, while untreated periodontitis dysregulates glycaemic balance. In her webinar, titled “Another pandemic: Diabetes! Why should the dental team bother?”, Dr Bruckmann will explore the periodontitis–diabetes relationship, and exactly how to treat and advise patients with periodontitis and/or diabetes to efficiently manage these diseases.
Dr Joanna Slowik on risk management and diabetes—Friday, 13 November, 6 p.m. CEST
Patients with Type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of developing dental caries or periodontal disease, so ensuring that these patients practise adequate hygiene is crucial. Dr Slowik’s webinar, “Dental care for patients with Type 1 diabetes”, will present the oral health risk factors associated with Type 1 diabetes and how timely screening and the latest oral health management guidelines can improve the quality of life of patients with Type 1 diabetes.
The three 1-hour webinars will be broadcast live, and participants can earn a continuing education credit by completing a multiple-choice questionnaire at the end of each webinar. Registration for the webinars is free of charge on the Curaden Academy website.