Oral-Systemic Links: What Do We Tell Our Patients?

Apr 18, 2024

Research has been conducted for over 30 years on proposed relationships between periodontal disease and numerous systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases etc. However, the nature of these relationships has not always been clearly described or understood resulting in oral health professionals inadvertently giving their patients inaccurate information. As research continues to evolve, having a clear understanding of the most current state of the evidence for these relationships can play a significant role in educating your patients.
There are currently 57 diseases being researched that are suspected of having some form of relationship with periodontal disease. This course will help you to relay accurate information to your patients about the nature of these linkages and how maintenance of periodontal health can have an influence on their overall health.

Course Objectives
1. Discuss some common misconceptions about the nature of relationships between oral and systemic diseases.
2. Describe the difference between “association” and “causation”.
3. Discuss the current state of the evidence for proposed associations between periodontal disease and: cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, adverse pregnancy outcomes, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive decline, inflammatory cancers, and others.
4. Discuss the most plausible explanation for these associations.
5. Discuss how maintaining good periodontal health can have a positive influence on overall health.
6. Develop educational strategies that will help to provide accurate information to your patients regarding oral-systemic relationships.

Salme E Lavigne, Dip. DH, BA, MSDH, PhD
Salme was the founding Director of the dental hygiene program at Confederation College (Thunder Bay, ON); Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Wichita State University (Wichita, KS); and Professor & Director, School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Manitoba. Currently, she holds the title of Senior Scholar at the University of Manitoba and is the Scientific Editor of the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH). Salme holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene (University of Toronto), a BA in Biomedical Anthropology (Lakehead University), a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and a PhD in Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology (Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba). Salme is the recipient of Alumni of Distinction Awards from the University of Toronto and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry and received the Life Membership Award from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. Salme has authored three textbook chapters, and has over 75 publications in both national and international peer reviewed journals and has delivered over 100 continuing education presentations in Canada, the US, Scandinavia, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, China and South Africa. Her research interests lie in periodontics; oral-systemic health connections; and community health.

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