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2016 Eastern Washington Medical-Dental Health Summit

Dates
Friday March 4, 2016, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Medical Dental Summit – Integrating Medicine and Dentistry
Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick WA

Saturday March 5, 2016, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Dental Oncology: Introduction to Dental Oncology
Tri-Cities Cancer Center, Kennewick WA

EVENT SUMMARY – FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016
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.

Reports confirm that oral health lowers medical costs for all stake-holders when properly managed by physicians and dentists. New research continues to strengthen the links between the mouth and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney and lung disease, Alzheimer’s and pregnancy complications. Higher standards and emerging oral-systemic science also present new challenges and concerns for medical-dental risk management.

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.

EVENT SUMMARY – SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2016
The Introduction to Dental Oncology seminar will present current understandings of head and neck cancers and how dental and medical professionals currently work together to treat patients with cancer. Dental health professionals will be qualified to give ‘dental clearance’ for patients with cancer undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and will learn how to support oral health and deal with various oral side effects of cancer treatment.

To learn more and register, click here.

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