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Vermont Dental ​Conference

Program 12  Nutrition, Lifestyle and Perio: Real World Strategies to Reduce Inflammation

Dr. Tim Donley    3 CEUs/Clinical
Audience Code: D, H, A, O
Sponsored in part Colgate


Maximally effective periodontal therapy is about much more than just cleaning teeth.  Yes, bacteria initiate periodontal disease, but it is the host inflammatory response that adversely affects oral and overall health.  There is now ample evidence demonstrating the role that nutrition, sleep, and exercise play in affecting the host response.  This program covers the nutritional and lifestyle changes that can make an immediate difference in your patients (and maybe even your own) oral and overall health.  Learn how to determine which patients have a contributing host response, and more importantly, the changes that you can make in your treatment protocols to help your patients modulate their host response.  You will leave with a clear understanding of how to incorporate a realistic nutrition and lifestyle protocol which can improve the health of your patients, your practice, and even yourself.

Program Objectives:

  • Fully understand the inflammatory link between oral and overall health
  • Learn a priority patient approach aimed at identifying patients with and elevated host response
  • Understand the role that nutrition can play in reducing inflammation
  • Learn what evidence-based lifestyle recommendations you should be making
  • Develop a dietary plan that minimizes inflammation – what you and your patients should be eating
  • Develop a plan for communicating about lifestyle changes with your patients