Women's Health

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Cathy Hester Seckman, RDH

Abstract

Dental hygienists must be knowledgeable about women's oral and overall health. This course begins with a history of theories and research on the oral-systemic link going back to antiquity. It lists those issues most closely associated with the oral environment including; preeclampsia, osteoporosis, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and lung disease. The majority of hygienists are women and they spend more time with patients than other dental professionals. They are uniquely qualified to keep both female and male patients informed on oral-systemic links and contribute to individualized treatment planning.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:

1. List women's health issues that have known oral-systemic connections

2. Discuss the biological links between oral bacteria and different organ systems

3. Use the knowledge gained to tailor treatment plans for periodontal patients

4. Equip female patients with information to take charge of their oral and systemic health

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