Continuing Dental Education

CE1673 The Connection Between Periodontal Health and Systemic Well-Being: What Do They Mean to My Practice?

Brian L. Mealey, DDS, MS

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Course Description

Many patients come into dental offices today with questions about the “Mouth-Body Connection”. They’re reading about these relationships in Reader’s Digest, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping, as well as on the Internet. Dental offices are on the front line in the question-answering game. So what do we tell these patients? What does the evidence really tell us about the relationships between inflammatory periodontal diseases and systemic health? How does this impact my dental practice?

This lecture is designed to provide a clinically relevant discussion about the interrelationships between oral health and systemic conditions such as immune compromise, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, and pregnancy.

Course Topics

This program is designed to improve the participant’s ability to:

  • Discuss the emerging concepts of periodontal diseases as they relate to other inflammatory diseases.
  • Understand the influences of systemic conditions such as immune compromise, diabetes and osteoporosis on periodontal health.
  • Know how inflammatory periodontal diseases may impact cardiovascular health, the clinical course of diabetes, and pregnancy outcomes.


BRIAN MEALEY is a Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He served 21 years in the United States Air Force, where he was the Chair of the Department of Periodontics and the Program Director of the Air Force Periodontics Residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. Dr. Mealey is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and served many years as a Director of the Board. He is co-editor and author of two textbooks, and he has published over 100 articles, abstracts and textbook chapters in the scientific literature, with an emphasis on inter-relationships between oral and systemic health.


  • Dr. Mealey has no financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, April 14, 2017

University of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall

3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105

This course is designed for specialists, dentists and dental hygienists.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird until March 3, 2017
$225.90/Current Dental Alumni Member

Until April 12, 2017(after, $25 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

7 hours

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.