The Role of Inflammation in the Oral/Systemic Connection
Inflammation is the physiologic response of the body to injury.The inflammatory response can be either acute and of short duration or chronic, which does not resolve and leads to pathology.
In the last 20 years, the scientific community and public have been inundated with articles addressing the association between systemic disease and oral health.Some articles indicate that oral infection and bacteria may be linked to heart attack and stroke.Others dispel the association, indicating that there is not enough research to determine any relationship between the two.
The purpose of this presentation is to review how the inflammatory process functions in the human body and its role in oral and systemic health and to assess the association between common oral mucosal disease and systemic disease including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
R. Gilbert Triplett, DDS, PhD is a Regents Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Triplett received his dental degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corp for 21 years where he received his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training. He was director of the Dental Research program at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and Director of the OMS training program at San Diego Naval Hospital. He was director of OMS Residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas and was Chairman of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Baylor College of Dentistry.
Dr. Triplett’s research interests are in the areas of bone physiology, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dental implants and maxillofacial reconstruction.
Date/Time of Presentation: Wednesday, 03/27/2013 at 8:30 am – 10:00 am
C.E. Credit: 1.5 hours
Location of Presentation: A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, Room 605
AGD Code: 742 Medical Health History/Factors 013 Microbiology
As a distinguished resource for dental education in Texas for more than 100 years, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry in Dallas is dedicated to combining higher education and research with community service.
The college opened its doors in 1905, was affiliated with Baylor University from 1918 to 1971 and spent the next 25 years as an independent, private institution.
In 1996, TAMBCD entered an entirely new era as a member of The Texas A&M University System. In 1999, the college became a founding component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
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