Eastern Washington Medical-Dental Summit IV
EVENT SUMMARY – FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2017
The Eastern Washington Medical-Dental Health Summit is a first-of- its-kind continuing education event, bringing together health professionals, hospitals, health educators, administrators and policy makers – to improve health in our region. Leading authorities will present the latest research along with practical solutions that enable physicians and dentists to work together to deliver better healthcare to their patients and the community.
Emerging literature and clinical experience confirms the importance of proper airway development and management in both children and adults. Lack of airway and improper orofacial growth and development set the stage for many orthodontic, dental and TMJ related issues, as well medical problems such as pediatric and adult sleep apnea, ADD/ADHD, and many health problems related to systemic inflammation.
Medical and dental professionals, along with community-based health organizations in our region and across the country are beginning to integrate Medicine and Dentistry to improve patient care outcomes and control healthcare costs. Oral health assessments within medical settings, laboratory and bacterial DNA testing, professional networking, interdisciplinary collaboration, patient co-management, optimal care guidelines, and patient/public education – are all part of the new protocols and awareness related to oral-systemic health.