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Eastern Medicine Meets Dentistry: The Use of Herbal Supplements in Dentistry (AGD 130)

Presenter: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, COA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA


Herbs and other supplements are becoming much more common in the United States  due to public dissatisfaction of soaring prescription costs the past couple of decades, combined with the interest in returning to naturally-based products, in addition to diet supplementation with powders and pills. Four in five individuals takes some form of supplementation, whether in the form of vitamins, minerals or tonic. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 85% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care management. In addition to the supplements many of our patients are knowingly taking, some oral health products contain herbal ingredients that may cause adverse outcomes when taken with other over-the-counter or prescription medications. The dental team must be aware of oral products containing herbs and supplements and recognize potentially dangerous combinations between various herbs or supplements and drugs commonly used in dentistry today.


Natalie Kaweckyj is a Licensed Dental Assistant with restorative functions at Children’s Dental Services in Minneapolis where she spends the majority of her time in hospital setting providing care under general anesthesia. The challenges of public health keep Natalie continually looking for solutions. She has worked academically, administratively and clinically, as well as legislatively in the 28 years as a dental assistant. As a DANB certificant, Natalie holds all 6 of DANB’s credentials (the only one world-wide) as well as a BA in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University.

Natalie served two terms as President of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) in 2017-2018 and 2010-2011, remains active on several councils, and served as a President of the Professional Dental Assistants Educational Foundation (PDAEF). She served as a three-term president for the Minnesota Dental Assistants Association (MNDAA) and remains as the state business secretary. Natalie has been recognized with several ADAA awards, was one of the first ADAA Fellows in 1999 and became the first ADAA Master in 2004. She has published numerous continuing education courses, over 500 articles and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of dental subjects.

Organized dentistry gave Natalie the insight early on that you can make a difference as a dental professional, and she was instrumental in seeing licensure for dental assistants come to fruition in Minnesota in 2009 as well as several expanded functions throughout the years. Natalie enjoys giving back to the community and does so with her volunteer writing contributions for a number of different organizations as well as her time with the ADAA and the Dental Peeps Network as a Senior Moderator.


After completing this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Explain the evolution of supplement use.
• Examine the rationale and trends for supplement usage by dental patients.
• List the more common herbs used as supplements.
• Identify which herbal supplement might be used to treat depression.
• Name the herbal supplement that might be used to improve memory function.
• Recall which herbal supplement might be used to prevent cardiovascular disease.
• Discuss the factors that may impact herbal potency.
• Understand how dietary supplements and herbal medicines are regulated.
• Relate potential drug interactions with dental drugs.
• Summarize possible oral complications with the use of some herbal and dietary supplements.
• Describe the differences in pharmacology between traditional drugs and herbal medicines.
• Recognize which herbal supplements hinder blood clotting.
• Recite the herbal supplements that may interfere with anesthetics.
• List the herbal supplements that may cause cardiovascular interactions.
• Recognize which herbal supplements may cause gastrointestinal interactions.
• Identify the herbal supplements that may interfere with inflammatory and immune responses.
• Describe herbal supplements that may be useful in dentistry.
• Explain the types of alternative oral and dental care products.
• Recommend alternatives and suggestions to patients in terms of vitamin usage, ingredients in oral care products and where to look for additional information.


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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