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Risk Assessment for Obesity and Periodontal Disease

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This easily implemented strategy will assist oral health professionals in identifying patients who are at risk for inflammatory-driven conditions.

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

  1. Define the concept of cumulative inflammatory burden and its relationship to systemic and oral diseases.
  2. Discuss the prevalence of obesity and risk of inflammatory-driven diseases, including comorbid conditions and periodontitis.
  3. Explain the relationship between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and periodontal disease, and a potential assessment tool for MetS risk.

This course was issued in the June 2017 issue and expires 6/30/20. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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