Florida Dental Convention

FDC2021 Session Directory

The Mouth-body Connection: Monsters in Your Mouth

Course Code: C24
Speaker: Dr. Katie McCann Lee, DDS
CE Hours: 1.00
Start: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 2:00 PM
End: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 3:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Administrative Staff, Laboratory Technician, Dental Student


The connection between oral health and systemic conditions is now widely recognized by both medical and dental practitioners. This lecture is designed to update dental professionals on current research about the mouth-body connection. Specifically, the association of periodontal disease to pancreatic cancer, heart disease, diabetes, complications with pregnancy, erectile dysfunction, pneumonia, stroke, cognitive disorders and more. The effect of these findings on patients and the future of dentistry will be discussed, including how to communicate with patients about oral systemic health.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • describe statistics from current research on the link between diseases of the mouth and body.
  • identify how inflammation plays a big role in connecting dentistry to medicine.
  • describe ways any practitioner can confidently discuss oral systemic health with patients.

Speaker: Dr. Katie McCann Lee, DDS, Aurora Modern Dentistry

About the speaker: Dental degree, University of Illinois at Chicago; faculty, Pacific Dental Services Institute of Dentistry; private practice, Aurora, CO.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with Pacific Dental Services that may be relevant to this presentation.

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