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[Webinar] At the Heart of It All - Periodontal Disease & Cardiovascular Disease

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 02:03 PM

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Periodontal disease and heart disease have been linked together in several studies over the years, and investigators continue to debate the exact nature of this relationship. At present, there is consensus among researchers that periodontal disease and cardiovascular (CDV) disease are multifactorial conditions, and such patients share common risk factors that must be monitored and managed by healthcare providers and dental professionals.

While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.1

In this virtual training event, the learning objectives will focus on current theories explaining the mechanism by which periodontal disease impacts cardiovascular health and present the following:

  • Outline patient demographics and population affected by periodontal disease and CDV
  • Role of inflammation in CDV and pro-inflammatory mediators
  • The relationship between periodontal ligament attachment loss and risk for myocardial infarction
  • Professional treatment (i.e., periodontal therapy) that may be plausible for preventing the onset or delaying the progression of CDV
  • Importance of OHI and managing the patient’s individual risk factors
  • Interacting with other members of the patient’s healthcare team

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References

  1. Gum Disease and Heart Disease | Perio.org. https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-and-heart-disease. Accessed August 21, 2017.

Tags: webinar, oral health, oral inflammation, oral biofilms, systemic health

[Webinar] Periodontal Disease, Oral Biofilms and Diabetes – Understanding the Link

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

diabetes-check.jpgOver 20 million Americans have diabetes today, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control predicts that nearly 1 in 3 will develop diabetes during their lifetime. This means future dental professionals will be challenged to manage the oral care of individuals—in increasing numbers—who have this disease.

Thus, it is important for clinicians to understand the types of diabetes, the impact of diabetes (the 7th leading cause of death among Americans), the associated risk factors among their patients, and both surgical and non-surgical therapy options for individuals with diabetes.

Emerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious periodontal disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious periodontal disease, but serious periodontal disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.1

The following topics will be covered within this learning event:

  • Extent of the U.S. adult population with diabetes and periodontal disease
  • Understanding insulin production and insulin action
  • Tests and criteria used in diagnosis of diabetes
  • Health issues associated with diabetic patients
  • Exploration of risk factors for individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Prevention of diabetes complications
  • Managing dental patients who have diabetes

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References

  1. Diabetes and Oral Health Problems. American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html. Published October 10, 2014. Accessed August 21, 2017.

 

Tags: periodontal disease, webinar, oral biofilms, diabetes

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