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Inflammation: The Relationship Between Oral and Systemic Health (AGD 730)

Presenter: JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD


The interest in connections between chronic oral diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis and systemic health continues to garner attention as research in this area progresses. The scientific community and the public have been inundated with articles addressing the association between systemic diseases and oral health.

Research has demonstrated that the association between oral inflammation and systemic inflammation may be the key to understanding the deleterious effects on multiple organ systems. However, the relationship remains complex.

The purpose of this course is to review how the inflammatory process functions in the human body. The role of inflammation in oral and systemic health will be discussed. Translating this information into practical application for dental healthcare professionals will be addressed so that both inquiring patients and astute clinicians will capitalize on the opportunities for resolving inflammation and improving total health.


JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, is Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Dental Hygiene, Idaho State University, and Immediate Past President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists. She has experience in general, periodontic,pediatric, and orthodontic practices and also works part-time in a medical practice.

She is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of oral pathology, oral medicine, diabetes, and women’s health.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Recognize the consistent relationship between oral inflammation and systemic diseases.
• Modify assessment, prevention, and treatment protocols.
• Aid patients in improving their oral and overall health.
• Describe the connection between periodontal disease and atherosclerosis.
• Explain the inflammatory response in regard to vascular and cellular reaction.
• Discuss the relationship between oral infection, diabetes mellitus, and respiratory disease.
• Identify mechanisms for resolving inflammation.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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