The 31st Annual Dr. Peter Fedi Periodontics Lecture
Three Things Every Dentist Should Know

Thursday, April 21

9 AM – Noon

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, AUX

About the Course

What do women, treatment decisions, narcotics, erectile dysfunction and babies have in common? At first glance, there does not seem to be a shared commonality; however, people, health issues, drugs, treatment decisions and health care policies involve pressing issues that will affect dentists in 2022 and beyond. It is not surprising that dentists have relied on a variety of sources (e.g., literature, medical and dental experts, media, etc.) for therapeutic interventions to treat oral diseases and abnormalities. Further, while dentists have dealt with systemic diseases, destructive oral diseases, and ever-changing technologies, how they make decisions regarding what they are willing to provide for their patients has come under scrutiny by patients, third party carriers as well as government agencies.

So with the bewildering number of clinical issues facing dentists today what can be considered reliable information? It should be noted that the dentist is bombarded daily with bits and pieces of information covering an expansive realm of knowledge. Considering that information to clinicians doubles every 18 months, it is difficult, if not impossible, for any dentist to consistently ascertain the accuracy of these data. Therefore, it is predictable that a wide variety of print, audio, visual, social and digital media, regardless of the accuracy, creates difficulty in understanding issues and creates obstacles in making decisions because of the presence of so much information. In this seminar, we will explore clinical issues that challenge dentists, examine the strengths and weaknesses of the topics and place each conundrum associated with the issue into perspective.

This session will enable participants to:
• Appraise the therapeutic value of commonly prescribed drugs for pain control that are used in dentistry
• Assess how the health – disease dynamic impacts patient management and the implications for clinical practice
• Evaluate the authenticity of published studies examining the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic disease


Angelo Mariotti, DDS PhD

Angelo Mariotti, BS, DDS, PhD is professor and Chair of Periodontology at The Ohio State University. As a practicing periodontist, he has held leadership positions in organized dentistry, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy Periodontology. As a Diplomate, he is an examiner for the American Board of Periodontology. Further, he is editor of the textbook Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Dentistry. His scientific interests involve the actions of sex steroid hormones in in the periodontium and dental health care economics. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Conflict of Interest: None reported

Angelo Mariotti, DDS PhD