“An Update on the Oral Systemic Connection: Must Everyone Floss or Die?”

The Milwaukee Dental Forum – Friday Jan 8th, 2010

About the Speaker:

Dr. Dentino graduated with a DDS from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in 1986, and from SUNY at Buffalo with a PhD in Oral Biology and a Certificate in Periodontics in 1992. He has been teaching and doing research at Marquette University since that time and is the Program Director of Periodontics. A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Dentino has lectured nationally and internationally, and is a Reviewer for various dental and non-dental journals as well as an invited reviewer for NIH study section. He is a Guest Editor for the Periodontics Section of Mosby Yearbook of Dentistry. His research interests are focused on the non-surgical management of periodontal disease as well as the development of novel antimicrobial agents and prosthetic surfaces for which he has patents awarded and in review. Dr. Dentino and has wife have seven children. He practices periodontics and implantology on a part-time basis in Wauwatosa and West Allis, WI.

About the Course:  

This presentation will review seminal papers which suggested an oral – systemic health connection, and present strong evidence for biologic plausibility of such relationships. In addition, this presentation will synthesize the latest data on the relationship between periodontitis and systemic diseases with an emphasis on cardiovascular, pregnancy and respiratory outcomes. The Bradford Hill criteria will be used as a template for assessing cause-effect relationships and the limitations of the current evidence will be presented. By the end of the presentation clinicians should have a better idea of the current state of knowledge regarding the oral-systemic connection.