The Influence of Periodontal Treatment on Systemic Disease - L0783


About Course #L0783

Release Date: September 23, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019 

Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans and is associated with a variety of systemic diseases. Although periodontal therapy has been shown to decrease bacterial load and inflammation, it can be difficult to determine if periodontal therapy has a direct effect on overall general health due to the chronic nature of systemic diseases, the multifactorial nature of systemic and periodontal diseases, the variability of host responses, and the subjectivity of defining periodontal disease. However periodontal treatment can lower levels of oral bacteria, several systemic disease endpoints, and markers of inflammation, and hence does influence systemic diseases.

Appropriate for dentists, hygienists and assistants, this intermediate-level course reviews recent studies that link periodontal disease to systemic diseases and reviews how periodontal therapy affects these conditions. The course includes information relating to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory tract diseases, chronic kidney disease, cancer, obesity, and pregnancy. This course provides the dental professional with the most recent information with which to make evidence-based treatment recommendations, as well as information to pass on to their patients who may have these diseases.

AGD Subject Code: 490

Course Objectives

  • Identify the systemic effects of periodontal infection.
  • Describe the systemic effects of periodontal treatment.
  • Recognize the effects of periodontitis on systemic diseases.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health and Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.