Too often, people are unaware of possible ramifications of vitamin interactions. They believe vitamins are innocuous and may not even inform medical professionals of their use. This creates a unique and important role for dental health-care providers because of the regularity with which many people see dental professionals. When clinicians ask poignant and thoughtful questions, they can uncover information that may affect not only the dental health of their patients, but also their medical health. Looking at patients holistically includes not only dental and medical histories, and cognitive and physical notations, but also a list of supplementations ingested. This information gives the clinician a clearer understanding of the full scope of care required for patients and will influence recommendations and treatment planning.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to
• identify water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins;
• link the lack of vitamins to disease conditions;
• assess the functions of vitamins;
• alert to some contraindications of medicines and vitamins; and
• learn about common foods that contain vitamins.
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