Continuing Dental Education

Green Dentistry

Marijuana, Opioids and the Effects on Oral Health

Barry Taylor, DMD, FAGD, FACD and Caroline DeVincenzi, DMD

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This course is presented in partnership with the Seattle King County Dental Society and the Washington Academy of General Dentistry.

Course Description

Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug in the United States. Twenty-three states currently have some form of legalized marijuana; eight states have legalized it for recreational use. It is estimated that over 10% of the US population uses it at least once a year.

In addition to marijuana usage, our Nation is experiencing a deadly drug epidemic due to opioid medications being prescribed at an alarming rate. Over 600,000 opioids related prescriptions are written every day in the U.S.

This course will be an unbiased and evidence-based presentation of marijuana, opioids and their role in dentistry.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Review the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of marijuana and opioids.
  • Explain how marijuana and opioid usage by patients effects their oral health; specific focus on oral pathology, caries risk and periodontal disease.
  • Recognize interactions of THC with commonly used prescribed medications and be familiar with medical emergencies related to THC.
  • Communicate with your patients regularly using cannabis.
  • Explore future areas of research in regards to periodontal health, wound healing and caries control.
  • Discuss ‘medical marijuana’ and cannabinoid.


Barry Taylor is an Assistant Professor in Restorative Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Dentistry. He also is a part-time associate in private practice at Woodburn Community Dental. Prior to attending the OHSU School of Dentistry, he worked as a research assistant for two year in the field of neuropsychopharmacology at the U.S. Veteran’s Hospital in Portland. Dr. Taylor has served as the Oregon Dental Association’s Editor for ten years in addition to leadership positions with the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, Delta Sigma Delta and the American Dental Association. Dr. Taylor has been awarded the “Dentist of the Year” from both the Oregon AGD and the Washington County Dental Society.

Caroline DeVincenzi is an MS candidate in Periodontics 2019 at OHSU. She graduated from the OHSU School of Dentistry in 2016 and was awarded both the Academy of Operative Dentistry Award and the American Academy of Periodontology Award. Dr. DeVincenzi completed a global health study in rural Kenya, winning a Predoctoral Dental Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry given by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She has provided basic literature reviews for the OHSU School of Dentistry CaseCAT poster presentations reviewing the relationships of type II diabetes and cannabis use with periodontal disease. Dr. DeVincenzi is currently planning to assess the incidence of periodontal disease among adult cannabis users in the Portland area.


  • Drs. Taylor and DeVincenzi have no relevant 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, May 18, 2018

Marriott – Seattle Airport
3201 South 176th Street
Seattle, WA 98188

This course is designed for the whole dental team.

Register for this course with the Seattle King County Dental Society or download the registration form and fax to SKCDS at 206.443.9308.

You may also register over the phone with SKCDS at 206.448.6620.

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until May 4, 2018 (after, $25 more)

There are no discounts for this program.

CREDITS: 7 hours

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington, Seattle King County Dental Society, and the Washington Academy of General Dentistry.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

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