Disciplines:
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
  • Hours: 2 Contact Hours
    Author(s): J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FRSC
    Peer Reviewer(s):Veronica Powers, DMD
    Item#: L0760
    Contents: 1 Course Book (38 pages)
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    Probiotics and the Oral Cavity, Updated 1st Edition



    Price $19.95
    Item # L0760
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    Release Date: December 2, 2010

    Review Date: July 27, 2016

    Expiration Date: July 26, 2019

    Good mental and physical health depends on strong interpersonal relationships, daily exercise, and a balanced, nutritious diet. Factors adversely affecting health include the increased use of antibiotics and other potent pharmaceutical agents, as well as the effects of professional (work-related) and personal stress. There has been a steady growth of interest in, and awareness of, the beneficial effects of certain microorganisms, typically those derived from fermented milk products, on the health and viability of the GI tract. It is now widely accepted that microorganisms such as L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus support healthy indigenous intestinal flora and may be effective in alleviating a number of digestive and other problems.

    One result of this increased awareness has been a greater interest in prebiotics and probiotics. A growing body of work has focused on the benefits of probiotics therapy for the oral cavity and there is mounting evidence that certain probiotic strains may be very beneficial to oral health. The basis of the therapeutic mode is that ingested probiotic bacterial species provide effector bacterial strains that replace pathogens and control bacterial disease. Probiotics for the oral cavity is an exciting area of dental care research and eventually may offer a novel and effective approach to treating or even preventing periodontal disease and denture stomatitis. This basic-level course familiarizes dental professionals with the role of intestinal flora in the human gut, the physiological effects of probiotics in the body, and the specific function of probiotics in the oral cavity.

    AGD Subject Code: 150
     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

    Course Objectives
    • Describe the role of intestinal flora in the body.
    • Describe probiotics and their sources.
    • Explain the physiology of probiotics in the body.
    • Describe the role of probiotics in the oral cavity.
    • Identify commercial probiotic formulations.

    J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FRSC, is professor emeritus, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, Maryland, where he also served as director of biomaterials research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has written more than 400 scientific papers and 16 books, and contributed chapters to 15 monographs on dental biomaterials and materials science. Dr. von Fraunhofer is the author of the well-regarded monographs Dental Materials at a Glance and Research Writing in Dentistry, published by Wiley-Blackwell. His special interests are the biomechanical properties of materials used in medicine and dentistry, and the degradation, wear, and corrosion of materials in the biosystem.

    Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for 4 years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

    • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
    • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
    • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
    • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.