Diabetes is a chronic lifestyle disease affecting with global proportions.. The global prevalence of diabetes in the adult population has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5%. On the other hand, periodontal diseases affect up to 90% of adults globally, with the reversible form, gingivitis, affecting almost everybody. is the 12th of 291 most prevalent diseases worldwide, with “severe” periodontitis being the sixth most prevalent disease, affecting 11.2% of adults. Periodontal disease is also considered the 6th complication of diabetes. There is a bi-directional link between the two which has been well established in the literature. A much greater proportion of people with diabetes suffer from periodontitis, and the severity of periodontitis is much greater, especially in poorly or uncontrolled diabetic individuals. The 2017 classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions introduced for the first time the glycated haemoglobin assay levels as part of the diagnosis. People with diabetes have limited oral health knowledge and poor oral health behaviours. It has been shown how effective peridontal care helps diabetic individuals. Considering the impact of periodontal disease on diabetes and benefits of good oral health practices to minimise the risk of periodontal disease, it is important to ensure that people with diabetes are motivated to engage in good oral hygiene behaviours and are provided risk assessment and dental referrals as a part of routine diabetes care. The traditional mindset has been to tackle both diseases at best interdiscplinarily. However, a translational model is more effective. This presentation will highlight the 2017 classification, the risk factor approach, and also throw some light on how such a model can effectively manage diabetes.