Dental/Medical Connections between Oral Health and Diseases of the Digestive Tract

Our digestive systems are essentially one long tube. The oral cavity, as the portal of entry, is inter-related to multiple disease processes that can occur throughout the rest of the gastro-intestinal tract. From our patients to pop icons, incidences and diagnosis are increasing for these conditions.

This course will cover the unique oral relationships to the upper GI structures of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and colon. Conditions such as oropharyngeal cancers, HPV, GERD, and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) will be explored. These disease states present significant implications for the dental professional and the patients they serve. Prevention strategies for oral disease will be highlighted as takeaways for clinical practice.

Course Objectives:

● Understand the connection of oral HPV to cervical, penile and anal cancers

● Investigate the oral cavity as a breeding reservoir for H. pylori

● Explore how oral disease impacts cancers of the GI Tract, including esophageal and colon

● Address prevention strategies for oral diseases.

Format: 45-60 Minute Keynote or 90-180 minute Workshop

A perfect fit for:
Women’s Organizations
Health Care Professionals