A peer-reviewed article written by Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MMSc, MPH
Asthma and seasonal allergies are chronic, yet treatable conditions that have been shown to alter the oral microbiome. As oral health providers, we are called to help our patients cultivate the microbiome of their oral cavity to achieve and maintain health. Specifically, this course will define asthma and seasonal allergies, explain the current treatment recommendations, and discuss how these disease processes and treatments affect oral health. This course also identifies ways that oral health professionals can help patients with seasonal allergies and/or asthma achieve oral and overall wellness.
“Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, and Tooth Decay” Educational objectives
- Understand the impact of asthma and seasonal allergies locally (for the patient) and nationally
- Review the current treatment recommendations for asthma and seasonal allergies
- Compare and contrast how both disease processes and their subsequent treatments can impact oral health
- Discuss how changing patient behaviors and using innovative products can improve oral health in patients with asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR)
Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MMSC, MPH, graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine in She received her master’s of science in dental education from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and is a board-certified dental public health specialist who practices clinical dentistry at the Alliance Dental Center LLC, in Quincy, Massachusetts.
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