Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Water's Edge Events Center
4687 Millennium Drive
Belcamp, MD 21017

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Annie Caporellie

10/4/2019 - Diet and Dentistry 

Dr. Sydnee Chavis

Important Notes & Announcements:

  • This will be a 1/2 day course earning 4.0 ADA credits.
  • By submitting your registration form, you are agreeing to CHEP's cancellation policy.  Please review in detail prior to registering. 
  • Grievance Procedure can be found at the following link - CHEP Grievance Procedure

Course Description:

Dentistry is segmented from medicine and other clinical health fields.  Oral health and dentition play an important role in systematic health and the medical state of patients.  It is integral to patient health, and understanding of oral health, dentition, and diet and how they interact are paramount for clinicians and health professionals. 

Oral health and dentition impact how patients eat, function, communicate, and feel.  Changes and/or problems with oral health and dentition can have negative impacts on persons' health, as well as their quality of life.  Conversely, improvements to oral health and dentition can have profound positive impacts on every aspect of a person's life and well being.  

This course will explore conepts of diet and how they affect oral health and dentition.  We will explore the effect of different foods and diets on oral health and dentition, including cariogenicity, acidity, eating disorders, and oral habits.  We will explore how these different factors impact dentition specifically, and more broadly, oral and systemic health.  We will also review the impact that poor oral health status has on diet and systemic health.

Learning Objectives:

1. Assess aspects of diet that have an impact on oral health and what the specific impacts are of different types of food. 
2. Analyze how oral health status impacts a person's diet and how oral health can be modified to improve diet from a health perspective. 
3. Compare the interrelationship between oral health status, dentition, diet, and systemic health.
4. Discuss how to educate patients regarding diet, its impact on systemic and oral health, and what modifications can be made to improve health.
5. Learn how to evaluate a person/patient's diet and counsel them to facilitate improvement in oral and systemic health.

Speaker Information:

Dr. Sydnee Chavis, DMD is a clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with a focus on special care, geriatrics, and the dental management of medically complex patients.  She earned her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, completing her thesis on the management of patients with special healthcare needs, and completed her advanced training at the University of Michigan in hospital dentistry.  Her clinical focus is the provision of care for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the dental treatment of patients with significant and severe medical comorbities.  Her indepth knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between medical conditions and dental health enables her to teach about the impact of systemic health on oral health and vice versa, including impacts of considerations like diet on both dental and oral health.

Disclosure: Dr. Sydneee Chavis and the Planning Committee report they have no relationships with commercial organizations to disclose.  There will be no discussion of off label products. 

Continuing Education:

Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. 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. 

Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. designates this activity for 4.0 ADA continuing education credits. 

Education Methods Used: Lecture and PowerPoint Presentation

Target audience: dentists, dnetal hygienists, dental assistants, staff

Evaluation and Certificate:

All attendees are required to sign-in in order to receive credits.  Sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk for up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the program, and 30 minutes after the start of the program.  Attendees are expected to stay until the conclusion of the day in order to receive the access code to complete their evaluation and receive the credits for the day.

An evaluation will be emailed to you within two business days of the program's completion.  You will need the access code announced at the conclusion of the day in order to complete the evaluation.  Once you complete and submit this evaluation, your certificate will automatically generate to be saved or printed.

Registration Information:

Dentist - Community Provider: $165 prior to 9/19/2019; $175 starting 9/19/2019
Hygienist - Community Provider: $129 prior to 9/19/2019; $139 starting 9/19/2019
Assistant/Staff - Community Provider: $115 prior to 9/19/2019; $125 starting 9/19/2019
VA VISN 5 Employee (with ID): $35 prior to 9/19/2019; $45 starting 9/19/2019

Prices increase two weeks prior to the program date as indicated above.  Registration will close at the end of the day on October 1st; however, we do accept onsite registration as long as space allows.  

Registration includes a full breakfast buffet starting at 7:30am. Lunch will not be provided as this is a half day program.

If you are registering as a VA VISN 5 Employee, you will be required to show proof of current employment via government issued VA ID Badge at check in.  If you do not have your badge, you will not be granted access to the program unless you pay the regular community rate.