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What Does Diet and Nutrition Have to Do with Dentistry?

Friday, April 12

9 - 10:30 AM

1.5 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA, AUX


As dental professionals, we are in a unique position to provide our patients with the highest degree of preventive health care. The dental visit isn’t “just about the mouth”—it’s about the whole patient! By applying the basic principles of cariology with ongoing research and emerging information on diet and nutrition as it relates to oral and systemic health, we can confidently provide comprehensive care for our patients.

This session will enable participants to:
- Apply the basic concepts of dental nutrition to provide optimum patient care.
- Integrate emerging science on diet, oral and systemic health into your patient education.
- Learn simple methods of nutrition screening to incorporate in practice.
- Confidently provide dental nutrition counseling on a routine basis.
- Refer patients with complicated medical histories to an M.D. or R.D. for more specialized care.


Lisa F. Mallonee, M.P.H., R.D.H., R.D., L.D.

Lisa F. Mallonee, MPH, RDH, RD, LD received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Master of Public Health with a coordinated degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lisa is a tenured Professor, at Texas A&M School of Dentistry. She currently serves as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. As a dually licensed health care professional and educator, she is committed to two interconnected goals: sharing her knowledge, expertise, and passion while promoting the value of interprofessional collaboration among dental professionals within the wider health care community for greater patient/client outcomes. Conflict of Interest: None listed

Lisa F. Mallonee, M.P.H., R.D.H., R.D., L.D.
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