Oral Health America’s Webinar Series

Oral Health America's Webinar Series consists of monthly webinars to provide technical assistance and to create a forum for programs to share information about best practices and innovative projects. We offer webinars for both our Smiles Across America and Wisdom Tooth Project programs.

Upcoming Webinars

November 12 , 2018 at 2:00 PM Central
Time to Act:  Young Adults, Periodontal Disease, and Blood Pressure.

There is great evidence that periodontal disease often originates disproportionately in adolescents and can cause irreversible damage and chronic inflammation and thus severe long term risk of chronic disease. Also, there is great evidence that dentists are far more likely to see adolescents for preventative and non-acute care, as opposed to medical providers. Dentists are in a better position, with their access to healthy adolescents who are not in pain and without fever to capture an accurate blood pressure reading, they have the opportunity to get a true blood pressure baseline.

In light of recently revised guidelines for determining healthy blood pressure levels, there is an increased awareness of the importance of detecting hypertension as early as possible. If detected early it can potentially be treated with lifestyle changes when feasible rather than medication. This is especially true of adolescent patients, a group that is experiencing increasing exposure to risk factors that cause hypertension and also faces greater risks from side effects of the drugs used to treat it.

Dentists are in an optimal position to identify previously undiagnosed hypertension in adolescents at the dental visit, and to intervene with patient education, encouragement of lifestyle changes, and referral to the primary care physician for follow-up.

Presenter: Thomas D. Schwieterman, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Midmark Corporation

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe at least two key changes made in the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 revised blood pressure guidelines for adolescents.
  2. Name two reasons dentists should ask about an adolescent patient's medical history of hypertension.
  3. Name two reasons dentists should check blood pressure in adolescent patients.
  4. Identify three things that could cause an inaccurate reading when measuring blood pressure in adolescent patients.

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November 19 , 2018 at 11:00 AM Central
Inclusion of Athletic Trainers into a School-based health centers: Next steps in interprofessional practice and community health

The association between low education level, low socioeconomic status and poor health outcomes has been established in the literature. School-based health centers (SBHCs) are models in community health and healthcare delivery designed to address this cycle in adolescents. However, the inclusion of allied health professionals, specifically Athletic Training, is not typical in the SBHC model. In this webinar we will discuss the addition to SBHCs as well as the outcomes of integrating an AT into a clinic in a high school in St. Louis, MO. 

Intended Audience: Dentists and Hygienists; Clinical Managers; FQHC Managers; State Oral Health Program Directors; School-Based Health Center Managers; Health Plan and 3rd-Party Payer Staff; Grants Management Staff; Grant Writers.

Presenters: Kemba Noel-London with Dr. Anthony Breitbach

Learning Objectives:

1.Describe Athletic Trainers and their scope of practice
2. Evaluate the potential benefits and disadvantages of adding Athletic Trainers to SBHCs
3. Describe how Athletic Trainers can be integrated in SBHCs 4.Develop a plan for introducing ATs into SBHCs in the participants’ community 

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