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FDC2021 Session Directory

Slaying Dragons: Acid Reflux and Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office

Course Code: C51
Speaker: Dr. Susan Maples, DDS, MSBA
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 9:00 AM
End: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 12:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Administrative Staff, Dental Student


In the backdrop of America’s declining health emerge two fire-breathing dragons that destroy tooth and bone: acid (airway) reflux and insulin resistance/diabetes. This lecture will help attendees recognize the oral ramifications of these two conditions. More importantly, Dr. Maples will challenge the acceptance of conventional “treatment” methods (i.e., medication) and inspire the dental profession to accept a more profound role in root.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • identify the patterns of tooth loss from acid reflux.
  • understand the “silent” symptoms of reflux that precede heartburn.
  • uncover root causes of both acid reflux and Type 2 diabetes.
  • learn the bi-directional relationship between uncontrolled diabetes and active periodontal disease.
  • understand the pathology of insulin resistance and its progression to prediabetes and finally to Rype 2 diabetes.
  • introduce the role as facilitator and coach for preventing and/or improving lifestyle-related systemic disease.

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Speaker: Dr. Susan Maples, DDS, MSBA, Total Health Academy

About the speaker: Master’s degree in business analytics, Madonna University; founder, Total Health Academy; developer, Hands-on Learning Lab; 2016 Lucy Hobbs Mentor Award recipient, Benco Dental; named in “Top 25 Women in Dentistry,” Modern Dental Network; named in “Top Eight Inventors in Dentistry,” Incisal Edge Magazine.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with BlabberMouth Book, Hands-On Learning Lab, SelfScreen.net and Total Health Academy that may be relevant to this presentation.

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