Education lacking in diabetes-related gum disease

A national survey has highlighted there is a lack of education in gum disease relating to diabetes.

Diabetes.co.uk have teamed up with the British Society of Periodontology (BSP) to publish a report into oral health, as part of an annual drive to raise awareness of gum disease among health professionals and the public.

The BSP said there is strong evidence that people with diabetes have a higher chance of developing gum disease. However, of the 700 people with diabetes who participated in the poll, 50 per cent said they had never been advised of the risks by their doctor or dentist.

A third of them were unaware that diabetes affects gum health, even though 75 per cent of those surveyed reported having bleeding gums, which is normally a sign of an oral problem.

Charlotte Summers, chief operating office of Diabetes.co.uk, said:  “To be involved in this campaign and raise awareness about the links between gum disease and diabetes amongst both the diabetes community and healthcare professionals is of great importance to us.

“The results of the survey show that more education around the conditions are key and our aim is to help ensure the diabetes community gets the access to information and education to promote better health outcomes.”

Read more about the findings here.