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Poor Oral Hygiene and Cognitive Decline

Discover the link between oral inflammation and cognitive decline.  Learn of recent scientific findings showing that the periodontal pathogen, p. gingivalis can invade and inflame areas of the brain contributing to disease. Enroll now to expand your clinical expertise and improve patient outcomes. 




By 2030, approximately 1 in 5 adults will be aged 65 and older. Around 60% of this demographic will have some form of periodontal disease (PD). More than 5 million will have Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have found that people with oral inflammation, such as periodontal disease have increased cognitive decline.  The participant in this on-demand interactive* webinar will discover the potential role of p. gingivalis and the herpes virus in brain inflammation; evaluate the research showing how PD may increase risk and /or worsen dementias and cognitive decline; discuss the role PD therapy and good oral hygiene may have on brain health.

This live webinar will focus on:

  • Types of dementias and cognitive decline
  • Risk factors
  • P. gingivalis and the herpes virus
  • Inflammation and brain atrophy
  • Comorbidities

Speaker: Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS

Ms. Jahn, RDH, MS is an international Speaker, Author, Industry Leader, and ADHA/J&J Award recipient of Excellence.  She holds the position of  Director of Professional Relations & Education, Water Pik, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Church & Dwight, Inc.

Disclosure: The speaker is employed by Waterpik   

Disclaimers: As per ADA guidelines, participants must use caution when using limited knowledge in treating patients. It is always recommended to do further research.

CE Provider: Professional Learning Services, LLC (PLS)

PLS is an ADA CERP recognized provider (11/1/2021– 12/31/2025). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by state or provincial Boards of Dentistry.

PLS is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc (1/1-12/31/24).  Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. 

 This webinar is designated for the CEUs as indicated.   Check your state’s CE regulations for course acceptance. 

*Interactivity provided with PLS’s Ask the Speaker feature included with recorded webinars.

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