Course Title

Inflammation, Periodontitis and Overall Health

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Course Description

Linkages between periodontitis and overall health have been proposed for numerous years without a true understanding of the mechanisms underlying these connections. However, recent findings now suggest that inflammation is at the core of these relationships. As research continues to evolve rapidly in this emerging discipline, it is critical that oral health professionals have a thorough understanding of the inflammatory process in the body and the mechanisms involved linking oral and systemic health. Additionally, practitioners must be fully informed of the most current developments and deficiencies in the literature in order to provide the best counsel and care for their patients This presentation will focus on new developments in the critical role of inflammation and its impact on the whole area of oral-systemic medicine along with a discussion of the most current research outcomes in not only more established oral-systemic linkages, but several newly proposed relationships. The role of oral health professionals in this dynamic new area of health will be discussed including suggested therapies and strategies for improving the overall health of the public.



Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:


  • Discuss chronic periodontitis from a systemic inflammatory perspective

  • Understand how oral inflammation is related to systemic inflammation

  • Describe the effects of general inflammation on a variety of chronic systemic diseases

  • Identify the status of risk factors for periodontal disease and how these risk factors fit in with systemic diseases

  • Describe the current research literature for proposed linkages between periodontitis and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes and adverse pregnancy outcomes

  • Discuss several newly proposed oral-systemic linkages and a summary of research to date for these emerging areas

  • Recognize the strategies for staying current with the literature in this rapidly evolving area of science, including basic interpretation tips

  • Explain the oral interventions that have produced positive systemic changes resulting in potential risk reduction

  • Identify a new outlook on the role of oral health professionals and how we can contribute to the overall health of the public.

About the Presenter(s)


Salme E. Lavigne, RDH, MS, PhD, was the founding Director of the dental hygiene program at Confederation College (Thunder Bay, ON); former Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Wichita State University (Wichita,KS); and former Professor & Director, School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Manitoba. Currently, she holds the title of Senior Scholar at the University of Manitoba and is the Scientific Editor of the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH). Dr. Lavigne holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene (University of Toronto), a BA in Biomedical Anthropology (Lakehead University), a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and a PhD in Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology (University of Manitoba). She has served as President of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association; Chair and Councilor of the Section on Dental Hygiene Education for the American Dental Education Association, Commissioner, Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada and was the Chair, Board of Directors of the Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education. Dr. Lavigne is the recipient of Alumni of Distinction Awards from the University of Toronto and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry and recently received the Life Membership Award from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. In addition to being the Scientific Editor of the CJDH, she is also currently a reviewer for three international journals, has authored chapters in three textbooks, has numerous publications in both national and international peer-reviewed journals and has delivered over 100 continuing education presentations in Canada, the U.S., Scandinavia, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, China and South Africa. Her research interests lie in periodontics, oral-systemic health connections, community health and the aging baby boomers. Dr. Lavigne has three adult children and currently lives part-time in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada and Piriac-sur-Mer, France.


Credit Hours

490 Periodontics - Lecture: Hours - 6

Time and Location


Check-in & Breakfast:
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch


UTHealth School of Dentistry - Fullerton Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4310
Houston, TX 77054
(University doors open at 7:30 A.M.)

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Registration Information



Paid Registration:

$320 - Dentist and one allied dental staff member

(Staff member information is required at the time of registration).

$175 - Dental Hygienist or Dental Assistant

**Dentists bringing one allied dental staff member will need to provide registration information by Tuesday, August 22, 2017. If registration information is not submitted to our office, allied dental staff members will be considered a 'walk-in' and assessed a $175.00 registration fee upon arrival.**


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Full tuition must accompany each registration to ensure your registration for a course. Tuition is completely refundable if a course is cancelled by the PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education or if the registrant cancels more than 21 working days prior to the course date. Registrants who cancel 10-20 working days prior to the course date may apply the entire course tuition toward another course or receive refund of 50%. No refunds are given for cancellations made less than 10 working days prior to the course date, but tuition may be applied towards a future course. A $75 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations 10 working days prior to the course date. A set deadline is required for certain courses; no registrations or cancellations are accepted after the course set deadline. Please see the specific individual course for the set deadlines. 'No shows' for a course will forfeit the full registration tuition. The PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education must receive all cancellations in writing prior to the course date for the appropriate refund and/or credit to be issued. The PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education cannot be held responsible for a non-refundable airline ticket in the event of a course cancellation.

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UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054

Ph: 713-486-4028
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