Holistic and Integrative Medicine in Dentistry: An Introduction and Overview

  • Friday 1/27/2023
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 443RL
  • Cost: $75
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 251
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
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Christel Koppel Autuori, RDH is a graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and the University of Bridgeport. She holds a Masters degree in Integrative Health and Healing and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Lifestyle Medicine Coach. AcuYoga instructor, and Holistic Stress Management Instructor. Christel participated in the Forsyth Project Rotunda, and is a former faculty member of the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, The Graduate Institute, and is the director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University. Christel is a well known clinician, lecturer, and author, presenting to professional and public audiences. She volunteers with the Connecticut Mission of Mercy and is a former leader of Cape CARES. Christel has received the Dr. Esther M. Wilkins Distinguished Alumna Award, Sunstar RDH Award of Distinction, and Distinguished Service Award at Western Connecticut State University. Christel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, the American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Global Integrative Health Coaching Alliance.

We have recognized and addressed the oral systemic connection for several years, but it is now time to go beyond those parameters to embrace all aspects influencing and contributing to our patients’ health. What is the holistic and integrative approach and how does it relate to our practice of dental hygiene? This course addresses the psychosocial, physical, emotional, and spiritual factors contributing to and determining one's health and healing—or not-- and explores the rationale, principles, and practices of integrative medicine. We will look at some evidence based complementary and alternative approaches and modalities that can be used within a conventional dental treatment plan. The mind/body connection and the personal innate healing capabilities will be discussed and we will examine the benefits of the integrative approach on oral and systemic disease.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Identify the areas on the Wheel of Health and discuss the various factors contributing to oral and overall health beyond the oral/systemic connection 
  • Compare two evidence based modalities/practices contained within in an integrative approach for dentistry
  • Discuss the impact of poor oral health on one’s mental health
  • Describe two physical conditions that are created or exacerbated by overuse of digital devices
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office, Technician

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