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Integrating Periodontal Medicine to Minimize Systemic Health Risks

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Thompson

Course Description:

Recent science suggests one of the main drivers of heart attack and stroke, premature aging, and many other diseases is systemic inflammation. Having knowledge about which conditions in and around the mouth contribute to, and how they contribute to, the cumulative inflammatory burden on our body is very important. Dentistry, for a number of reasons, is the ideal profession to identify and help manage many issues that contribute to inflammation and to systemic health. Integrating Periodontal Medicine to Minimize Systemic Health Risks is a course that outlines a structured approach to identify, diagnose, and treat some of the most important inflammatory contributors. Periodontal disease leads this list and a complete periodontal evaluation and treatment system will be introduced.

Integration of dentistry with medicine will be the way of the future. In this course a complete patient evaluation methodology and many tools to guide this process will be introduced. Areas of medicine that are appropriate for dentists to be involved in will foster dentist/physician collaboration, and this too will be explored. Results of a structured medical model risk based approach to the dental examination and treatment protocols will lead to better patient education, better treatment outcomes, and stronger patient loyalty. These benefits will result in healthier patients, healthier practices and healthier teams.

Objectives of the course, Integrating Periodontal Medicine to Minimize Systemic Health Risks are:

  • Provide a structured methodology to clinically evaluate and treat the seven key clinical elements of the dental exam with a focus on systemic health. These seven key clinical elements are Periodontal Disease, Caries, Biocorrosion, Bite Disease, Oral Cancer, Sleep Apnea and Appearance.

  • Evaluate the best available metrics, or tests, that guide our assessments and treatments in all areas that we evaluate.

  • Provide the framework to establish a quality, consistent, predictable periodontal management program that can be executed by the hygiene team?

  • Introduce other areas of systemic health inflammatory management through the early identification of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Hypertension.

  • Introduce concepts in the management of oral, sinus and gut yeast imbalances and the role of probiotics in gut health.

  • Introduce concepts in how pollutants and improper supplementation can increase whole body inflammation.

  • Introduce healthy lifestyle concepts in hydration, sleep hygiene, exercise, nutrition, and stress management.

  • Introduce many tools to guide the process of educating your patients about the significance of inflammatory conditions.

  • Provide methodology to change the patient's perspective of what you do for them and increase the value of the services you provide.

Provide an option to participate in the Wellness Dentistry Network. This is a network of dental offices with a desire to stay updated on emerging ideas, and advances surrounding the structured process outlined in this course.

Due to the complexity of the Integrating Periodontal Medicine to Minimize Systemic Health Risks this course can be designed to fit many different time formats. A two-day exposure is the best way to gain an entry understanding into these concepts.

Integrating Periodontal Medicine to Minimize Systemic Health Risks is Directed by Dr. Doug Thompson and often enhanced by members of his Integrative Oral Medicine Team.

Course Hours: 7:00AM-5:00PM Daily