Diabetes Referral Program
If you have diabetes, you are much more likely to develop gum disease.1 Not only is it important to maintain an effective dental health routine to prevent dental complications, but looking after your teeth and gums will also help you to control your blood glucose levels. Your dental health routine should include:
- Good general diabetes management
- Maintaining good nutrition
- Taking prescribed medication according to your doctor’s instructions
- Regularly checking your gums for signs of gum disease
- Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush, being sure to remove all plaque on and between your teeth and next to the gum line
- Using dental floss every day to clean difficult-to-reach areas
- Cleaning dentures and removing them overnight
- Visiting your dentist at least once a year and requesting to have your gums checked
- For those on insulin, booking morning dental appointments, so your blood glucose level will be more stable
- Quitting smoking
Remedy Healthcare’s Diabetes Action Program supports you to develop the knowledge and confidence to effectively manage type 2 diabetes through small changes that bring substantial improvements for your health and wellbeing.
Your personal clinician will work with you to set and achieve the goals that are most important to your health and diabetes management.
The Diabetes Action Program covers:
- Monitoring blood glucose levels preventing hypo- and hyperglycaemia
- A balanced diet containing low G.I. (Glycaemic Index) foods
- Appropriate physical activity and strength training exercises
- Understanding and managing your medications
- Sick day management
- Setting goals to achieve risk factor targets
- Testing and screening recommended to prevent and detect long-term complications
For more information or to enrol in the Diabetes Action Program email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 224 334
1 Strauss, Russell, Wheeler, Norman, Borrell & Rindskopf, (2009), The dental office visit as a potential opportunity for diabetes screening: an analysis using NHANES 2003-2004 data, Journal of Public Health Dentistry 70 (2010) 156–162.