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Continuing Dental Education

The Oral-Systemic Connection – an update – a live webinar

Frank A. Scannapieco, DMD, MS, PhD

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

Recent literature suggests that microbes and/or inflammation contributes to many chronic diseases. Thus, oral inflammatory diseases such as periodontitis have been associated with a variety of chronic disease and conditions. This course will provide a summary of present knowledge about the connections between oral diseases, such as periodontitis, and a variety of systemic diseases and conditions such as atherosclerosis, respiratory infections, diabetes, and cognitive impairment. The potential etiology of these connections will be discussed, as well as methods for prevention. Several case studies will be presented to illustrate these connections.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the history and literature that connects poor oral health with chronic disease.
  • Understand biological mechanisms that may explain how poor oral health impacts on chronic disease risk.
  • Describe oral interventions that may reduce the risk for chronic disease.


Dr. Frank ScannapiecoDr. Frank Scannapieco is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. He holds the BS in Biology from the University of Connecticut, MS in Biology from Northeastern University, DMD from the University of Connecticut, and Certificate in Periodontology and PhD in Oral Biology, both from the University at Buffalo. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontology, and Scientific Reports, has edited three issues of Dental Clinics of North America, and has served on the editorial boards of multiple basic science and clinical journals, and as a referee for many medical, dental and scientific journals. He practices periodontics, and is an active educator and mentor for graduate and dental students. His research focuses on oral microbiology, molecular mechanisms of oral bacterial colonization, and the interface between oral and systemic health, especially the role of oral conditions in the process of respiratory infection.

Course Logistics

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Online Webinar

The Dental Professional

5:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific Standard time


1 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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 and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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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 1 continuing education credits.