The Relationship of Oral and Systemic Health


This course addresses the nature, prevalence, and consequences of oral disease throughout the life cycle with a focus on correlations between oral and systemic health. Clinicians will learn their role in preventing oral disease, addressing frequently encountered oral problems, and working as part of an inter-professional team to promote oral health.

Educational Objectives for the Relationship of Oral to Systemic Health Course:

  • Define the meaning of oral health and the prevalence and consequences of oral disease
  • Recognize relationships between oral and systemic disease
  • Highlight the role of primary care and community health teams in promoting oral health
  • Describe the concepts and impact of inter-professional education and collaborative practice

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This course takes approximately one hour to complete. Each clinical case takes about 10 minutes.


All authors involved in producing the content of this course have indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Authors

  • Lisa Simon, M.D.
  • Stephanie Gill, M.D.

Dental Consultant

  • Rocio B. Quinonez, D.M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

Smiles for Life Editor

  • Melinda Clark, M.D.
  • Karlynn Sievers, M.D.

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Last Modified:
February 2022

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