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Addiction and Oral Health Care

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Dental providers should be knowledgeable about commonly misused drugs and the oral consequences of substance abuse.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Explain the extent and approximate costs of the substance abuse problem in the United States.
  2. Describe the signs of substance abuse, and the prevailing theory of addiction.
  3. List common oral health risks and manifestations of substance abuse, and strategies for treating this patient population.

This course was issued in the January 2018 issue and expires 1/31/21. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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