Bugs, Drugs, and Food Fads: Considerations for the Dental Professional

  • Friday 1/28/2022
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Course Code: 419RL
  • Cost: $99
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 107 BC
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
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Lisa Mallonee, RDH, MPH is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. Ms. Mallonee received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Public Health with a coordinated degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She currently teaches Public/Community Health, provides nutrition lectures in the dental hygiene and predoctoral dental curriculum, and oversees practicum placement and thesis research as co-director in the College of Medicine’s Education for Healthcare Professionals graduate program. Additionally she serves as preceptor for Baylor University Medical Center Dietetic internship program. She serves as an external reviewer for multiple professional journals in dietetics and dentistry. Ms. Mallonee presents continuing education lectures to a variety of professional groups nationally and internationally. She has contributed chapters and peer reviewed manuscripts on multiple topics pertaining to dentistry, nutrition and the interrelation to oral health and author of two textbooks. As a health care professional and educator, she is committed to two interconnected goals: sharing her knowledge, expertise, and passion while promoting the value of interprofessional collaboration among dental professionals within the wider health care community for greater patient/client outcomes.

We are a self-medicating, hype believing society that wants a quick fix fast. If Dr. Oz says it’s good for us—we head straight to the local pharmacy or health store to see if we can find it on the shelves! Our bodies need vitamins and minerals to function efficiently but which ones—and how much? Probiotic use is a fast-growing market in regards to general health and oral health. What are the implications for use in dentistry? Supplements promise everything from weight loss to increased energy. How can we be certain the claims are true? Do food trends such as Acai berry, energy drinks and juicing have a potential impact on oral health? As dental professionals, we need to be aware of the changing landscape of probiotic use, dietary supplements and food fads and how these trends could potentially impact patient care.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Identify common probiotics and their implications for dentistry
  • Understand the use of vitamin and mineral supplementation specific to various patient populations
  • Determine if a vitamin or mineral is considered safe and pure by U.S. Standards
  • Provide patients with useful resources to determine risk versus benefits of certain supplements
  • Recognize fad diets, varying food trends, and the potential impact on oral health
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office

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