Casey Hein, BSDH, RDH, MBA

Speaker change- Presenting for Karen Davis

The Essential Role of Oral Healthcare Providers in the War on Diabetes

Friday, April 1   |   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Two (2) CE Hours  | Category D


Course Objectives

  • Better educate patients about the biological mechanisms implicated in the interrelationship between diabetes and periodontal disease.
  • Utilizing various screening tools, identify patients who have asymptomatic or poorly controlled diabetes and refer those at risk to the appropriate healthcare provider.
  • Perform chairside glucose testing, identify patients who would benefit from this service and assign the appropriate procedural code.
  • Determine how patients’ HbA1c results should inform the classification of periodontitis, including staging and grading in patients who have diabetes that is untreated or the stabilization of the reduced periodontium during periodontal maintenance.
  • Implement first steps to integration of diabetes intervention and to motivate your team to participate.

Course Description

Staggering statistics on the trajectories of diabetes, the interrelationship between diabetes and periodontitis, and emerging point-of- care technologies coalesce to produce a clarion call for the dental team: it's time to take your place in the war on diabetes.

Please join us as we explore how oral healthcare providers can make a significant difference in identifying patients who have asymptomatic or poorly controlled diabetes, and how glycemic control influences periodontal stability in the reduced periodontium of a patient with diabetes. Addressing diabetes has always been of paramount importance; however, with what we've learned about how diabetes may increase susceptibility to life-threatening viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 and associated complications, there has never been a more critical time for OHPCs to join the fight against diabetes.


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Speaker Bio:

With over has over 40 years’ experience as a dental hygienist in private practice, public health, education, and government, Casey is an internationally- recognized speaker and extensively-published author. She first began speaking about periodontal-systemic links in 2003 and founded the first publication on oral-systemic science, called Grand Rounds in Oral- Systemic Medicine. She is a pioneer in implementation of periodontal-systemic science, medical-dental collaboration, and providing primary care services (traditionally delivered by physicians and nurses), in dental offices. Casey was an Assistant Clinical Professor in Periodontics and Director of Education of the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health at the University of Manitoba, leading the development of the first comprehensive curriculum about oral health for non-dental healthcare providers. This won for the University the prestigious William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation. She was accepted into the National Speakers’ Association in 2008, and she has been continuously voted among Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians/Consultants. Casey maintains a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Dental Hygiene at Manitoba, and provides accredited continuing education courses through the robust blackboard technology on her website, She enjoys speaking at major conferences, writing, and consulting, and participates on a number of advisory boards. She lives in the woods of West Virginia just outside Washington DC, where she road bikes and cherishes spending time with grandchildren in nature.