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Press release of 12 September 2014


The Council of European Dentists (CED) and the International Diabetes Federation Europe (IDF Europe) are pleased to celebrate 12 September, the European Oral Health Day.


On the occasion of the European Oral Health Day, the two organisations stress that diabetes mellitus is a disease with concomitant oral manifestations that impact dental care. It is often associated with periodontal disease and studies revealed a significantly greater rate of progression of periodontal disease among people with diabetes, compared with those without.


Globally, it is expected that the number of people with diabetes will increase from 382 million in 2013 to 592 million by the year 2035; in Europe, the projected increase will be from 56 million to 70 million by 2035. However, public awareness of how to prevent oral disease in people living with diabetes remains rather poor. As the number of people with diabetes is set to continue rising over the coming years, dentists can play an important role in early diagnosis and in helping people with diabetes manage their condition properly. As they see patients on a regular basis, dentists can refer them to a medical doctor or endocrinologist for further consultation when they identify diabetes symptoms.



Notes to editors:
The Council of European Dentists is a European not-for-profit association which represents over 340,000 practising dentists through 32 national dental associations and chambers from 30 European countries. Its key objectives are to promote high standards of oral healthcare and effective patient-safety centred professional practice across Europe, including through regular contacts with other European organisations and EU institutions.
About the International Diabetes Federation Europe - IDF Europe
IDF Europe is the European Region of the International Diabetes Federation. We are an umbrella organisation uniting 69 diabetes associations in 47 countries. We represent people with diabetes and their families, as well as health professionals working in diabetes. Through our work, we aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of best practice and high-quality information about diabetes in all countries throughout the Region.
For more information, visit www.idf-europe.org.

For more information contact:
CED Brussels Office
Tel: + 32 2 736 34 29

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