ACDE – Educating the Dental Team on Nutritional Counseling for the Patient: From Birth through the Life Cycle
December 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm$69
This presentation will discuss the definition of nutrition as well as distinguish between evidence-based ideas and nutritional myths. The critical role of scientific evidence-based dietary and nutritional counseling for patients across the entire life span – starting with the pregnant mother and moving through infancy, early childhood, elementary and middle school years, adolescence, adulthood, and finally geriatric years – will be discussed. Well-balanced nutrition is critical in the prevention of most chronic diseases as well as in wound healing. The dental team, consisting of the dentist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, and including the front desk staff must all fully understand the critical role of diet and nutrition in oral and systemic health and engage in the process of dietary and nutritional counseling for all patients. It is imperative that scientific evidence be considered and widespread myths about nutrition and their effects be clearly understood by dental professionals.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss a clear definition of nutrition
- Clarify and distinguish between evidence-based ideas and nutritional myths
- Understand the importance of involving the entire dental team in dietary and nutritional counseling for patients across the human lifespan
- Describe dietary guidelines for all Americans
- Discuss dietary counseling for patients with active caries, periodontal disease, and halitosis as well as overweight, obesity, T2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular conditions, etc.
- Describe dietary advice for patients on soft diets, mechanically pureed diets, and those undergoing oral surgery and denture fabrication