“Medical Protocols for Periodontal Therapy”  February 5, 2021     12:30PM – 3:30PM

Traditionally, dental health care practitioners have not approached dental disease in the same way that medical doctors approach systemic diseases.

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Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, FAAOSH, is a practicing dental hygienist, lecturer, author, and consultant. She is a proponent of incorporating the latest scientific research on the multiple oral – systemic links into practical clinical protocols.

Kathryn’s interest in the medical side of dentistry led her to years of advanced study into the oral-systemic links, including twice graduating with an advanced arterial wellness certification from the prestigious Bale Doneen Preceptorship for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention for Healthcare Practitioners. Kathryn has completed level one of the Functional Oral Systemic Health Mini Residency of the renowned Exceptional Dental Courses, and in 2018, she earned a Fellowship in the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Kathryn earned her certification in Biological Dental Hygiene from the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine in 2020.

Kathryn has been on the front lines of early detection of oral and oropharyngeal cancer throughout her career. She serves as the Director of Education for Oral Cancer Cause and serves on the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board of the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Kathryn is a faculty member and dental hygiene specialty coach for the Productive Dentist Academy. She is a national speaker and a key opinion leader and has published multiple articles and continuing education courses. Kathryn also serves on the peer-review board for the Dental Academy for Continuing Education.

After 30 years as a dental hygienist, Kathryn still loves and is passionate about her career as a dental hygienist and she feels her purpose is to love her patients back to health.

“Medical Protocols for Periodontal Therapy”

Friday, February 5, 2021     12:30PM – 3:30PM      3CEUs 

Course Description

Traditionally, dental health care practitioners have not approached dental disease in the same way that medical doctors approach systemic diseases. There is much to be gained by adopting certain medical strategies, such as performing risk assessment, seeking the root cause, employing laboratory testing, and utilizing wound care protocols, into our routine dental care.

As knowledge of the oral-systemic connections have become widely understood and accepted, the next step is to integrate that knowledge into practical clinical protocols. It’s time to elevate our identities as healthcare practitioners in this new age of integrated medicine and dentistry.

Course Objectives

In this course you will:

  1. Discover four tenants of medical management of periodontal disease: risk assessment, root cause, laboratory testing, and wound care
  2. Illuminate the significance and challenges of oral biofilm
  3. Explore leading edge practices to integrate medical protocols into dental routines efficiently and effectively
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