“It’s (Medically) Complicated!” : Essential Pharmacology and Oral-Systemic Health Guidelines for the Dental Hygienist Treating Medically Complex Dental Patients
Date & Time
Sunday, October 11, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thomas Viola


  • Identify the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history and discuss their oral-systemic health implications.
  • Discuss the non-prescription medications most often used by dental patients and explain their oral-systemic health implications.
  • Identify the most popular dietary supplements and discuss their oral-systemic health considerations.
  • Identify the most common substances of abuse and their oral-systemic health considerations.

Dental hygienists must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology for optimal care of today’s medically complex dental patients. However, armed with relatively brief exposure to such a vast subject during formal education and faced with ever-changing disease state management protocols, many dental hygienists simply cannot keep up with the latest in oral-systemic health guidelines. This program will provide an overview of the oral-systemic health implications of the prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbal products, nutritional supplements and substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. Special emphasis will be given to delivering this essential information in a format which makes it practical and useful in the daily practice of the dental hygienist.


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