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Women, Witches and Wisdom: Update on Women’s Oral Health

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Victoria and District Dental Society


Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Men may be from Mars but women have two x chromosomes. If you have a mother, sister, daughter or wife and she has a mouth, this course is for you. This program examines oral health throughout a women’s life. From puberty and adolescence through young adulthood, to middle and older adults, this seminar will discuss oral diseases and systemic conditions and medications affecting girls and women from the common (pregnancy, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis) to the uncommon (eating disorders, Sjogren’s syndrome, TMD, domestic violence). The program will discuss risk factors and how to identify them clinically, and strategies for prevention.

Women, Witches and Wisdom: Update on Women’s Oral Health Educational Learning Objectives:

At the end of the program, the participant will:

  • be able to define women’s health as it applies to oral conditions and diseases;
  • identify examples of systemic diseases presenting differently in women and the implications for oral health;
  • discuss new research on systemic diseases and conditions that can affect oral health, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis and the medications taken for these diseases;
  • identify risk factors and develop preventive strategies for women at high risk for coronal caries, root caries and periodontal diseases.



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