Prevalence rates of periodontal disease in the United States continues to grow as does the percentage of dentally uninsured adults as the GDP (gross domestic product) dollars spent on oral care decrease annually. This public health crisis puts added pressure on dental practitioners to treat patients in oral and systemic dysbiosis. This course will discuss current research trends in biofilm management utilizing the most current technology available on the market such as lasers, ozone, ultrasonics and air abrasion systems. The oral microbiome states of health and disease, and its relation to systemic health and disease management will be discussed. Finally, tools for performing quality online searches to transform evidence-based research into clinical practice will be provided.
At the conclusion of the course, the dental provider will be able to:
1. Understand health statistics in the United States as it pertains to dental services.
2. Differentiate between systemic symbiosis and dysbiosis and relate those concepts to the etiology of oral disease.
3. Perform quality online searches to access credible information through appropriate search engines.
4. Incorporate evidence-based technology for biofilm management to promote oral symbiosis.