Emerging Trends in the Link Between Oral and Systemic Health

Saturday, April 23

8:30 - Noon

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA

About the Course

Does having periodontal disease increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, cancer or even Alzheimer’s Disease? Multiple studies have found periodontitis is associated with cardiovascular disease. Recent findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that severe periodontitis was associated with a 24% increased risk for cancer. This course will review the current evidence on the link between oral and systemic health and provide talking points for communicating this information to patients.

This session will enable participants to:
•Understand the current scientific perspective on causality and association and how it relates to the oral systemic link
•Discuss the role of periodontitis, inflammation, bleeding and tooth loss on cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes
•Evaluate emerging data on the link between periodontal disease and the risk for various types of cancers
•Develop talking points for patients linking oral health to systemic health
•Personalize self-care strategies and products to reduce inflammation


Carol Jahn, RDH, MS

Carol Jahn, RDH, MS, has a BS in dental hygiene from the University of Iowa and an MS in Continuing Education from the University of St. Francis. She has been a dental hygienist since 1982. Currently, she is the Director of Professional Relations & Education for Water Pik Inc. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her partner, Larry, and their dog, Toby.

Conflict of Interest: Affiliation: Waterpik; Consultant: Church & Dwight, Inc.

Carol Jahn, RDH, MS