The Power of Prevention: Healthy Habits for a Healthy Smile

  • Friday 1/28/2022
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 449RL
  • Cost: $59
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 107 BC
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
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.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. As dental professionals, we are in a unique position to provide our patients with the highest degree of preventive healthcare. The dental visit isn’t “just about the mouth”—it’s about the whole patient! This course will discuss current trends and how dietary habits may contribute to cancer risk, the aging process, weight gain, and cardiovascular problems as well as increase the risk of tooth wear, dentin hypersensitivity, caries, and heightened inflammation. The focus will be on healthy habits and how these can impact overall health if not incorporated routinely in our lives.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Integrate emerging science on diet, oral and systemic health into patient education
  • Relate how dietary habits can result in increased risk of inflammation and oral disease 
  • Redefine exercise as a method of health maintenance rather than weight loss  
  • Understand how sugar impacts oral health and overall health
  • Encourage consumption of healthy eating patterns and lifestyle modifications to promote optimal oral and systemic health
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office, Technician

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