Florida Dental Convention

FDC2021 Session Directory

Periodontal Disease, Diabetes and Obesity: Redefining Our Roles

Course Code: C20
Speaker: Ms. Casey Hein, BSDH, RDH, MBA
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 2:00 PM
End: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 5:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Administrative Staff, Laboratory Technician, Dental Student


An estimated 390 million people have diabetes worldwide — and the number keeps growing. This patient population has specialized needs when it comes to periodontal care. People with poorly controlled diabetes are at significantly greater risk for periodontitis, and conversely, periodontitis has been implicated in predisposing people to diabetes through insulin resistance. Obesity may be the single greatest threat to global health. A known risk factor for diabetes, obesity has more than doubled since 1980, and projections suggest that 1.2 billion people will be obese by 2030. Recent studies have proposed a correlation between obesity and periodontal disease and numerous investigations also have suggested an interrelationship between metabolic syndrome and periodontal disease.

This energizing, revelatory lecture will empower dentists and dental hygienists to redefine their roles in caring for people who have or are at risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome or obesity with a focus on interrelationships with periodontal disease. By exploring the biological pathways that link periodontal disease, diabetes and obesity, oral health care providers will have a better understanding of their unique opportunity to intervene in progressive screening, referral and medical-dental co-management of people in this at-risk population. Attendees can contribute to a lively case-based discussion that will help stimulate critical thinking on how to overcome barriers to implement protocols to better care for people who have or are at risk for diabetes and obesity. If your team is still treating patients who have diabetes and/or who are obese, the same way you treat healthy patients, this lecture is a must!

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • explain the biological link between periodontal disease, diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, and how these interrelationships are synergistic and increase risk for systemic consequences.
  • describe the concept of cumulative inflammatory burden and recognize patients who may be “inflammatory-primed.”
  • monitor glycemic control to identify diabetic patients who are at greater risk for periodontal destruction, including performing chairside testing for HbA1c.
  • reinforce the recommendations made by diabetes educators or others on the diabetes health care team.
  • screen patients for diabetes and identify patients who are obese or who may be at risk for metabolic syndrome and might benefit from referral to physicians and specialists for weight management.
  • build collaboration with the medical community to cross-screen and cross-refer patients at risk for diabetes, obesity and periodontal disease.
  • address barriers for implementation of medical screening and referral of at-risk patients.

Partial Sponsor(s):

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Speaker: Ms. Casey Hein, BSDH, RDH, MBA

About the speaker: Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, West Virginia University School of Dentistry; assistant professor, University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with Florida Probe, Perio Protect and SunStar Americas Inc. that may be relevant to this presentation.

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