Author: Kathryn Gilliam, B.A., RDH, FAAOSH
Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, FAAOSH, is a practicing dental hygienist, lecturer, author, and consultant. She specializes in teaching dental teams to incorporate the latest scientific research on the oral-systemic links into practical clinical protocols.
Kathryn’s interest in the medical side of dentistry led her to years of advanced study into the oral-systemic links, including twice graduating with an advanced arterial wellness certification from the prestigious Bale Doneen Preceptorship for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention for Healthcare Practitioners. Kathryn has completed level one of the Functional Oral Systemic Health Mini Residency of the renowned Exceptional Dental Courses, and in 2018, she earned a Fellowship in the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Kathryn earned her certification in Biological Dental Hygiene from the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine in 2020.
Kathryn has been on the front lines of early detection of oral and oropharyngeal cancer throughout her career. She serves as the Director of Education for Oral Cancer Cause and serves on the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board of the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Kathryn is a faculty member and dental hygiene specialty coach for the Productive Dentist Academy. A national speaker, a key opinion leader, and industry influencer, Kathryn has published multiple articles and continuing education courses.
After 30 years as a dental hygienist, Kathryn continues to be passionate about her career as a dental hygienist, and she feels her purpose is to love her patients back to health.
Credits: 3.00 CEU
Course Description: Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder affecting approximately one in 100 people around the world. At least three million Americans are living with celiac disease, and 97% of them are undiagnosed.1 Celiac disease often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms are nonspecific, meaning that the same symptoms for the disease are common in various other disorders. Often undiagnosed and unaware, the people affected by celiac disease may be causing further damage to their bodies with every meal they eat. People with celiac disease must avoid gluten, a mixture of proteins found in many grains and products made from those grains.
Left untreated, celiac disease can result in serious systemic complications by damaging the small intestine and reducing its ability to absorb nutrients. Over time, the damage may escalate to skin rashes, lactose intolerance, infertility, bone weakness, and nerve damage.
Recognition of the oral manifestations of celiac disease may be key to discovering this devastating disease in patients where symptoms are less evident. In this course, learners will become familiar with the various oral signs and symptoms that may indicate this serious systemic illness may be underlying. Helping patients understand that they may have gluten-related disorders could be the key to a lifetime of improved health.
Objectives - Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- • Discover the cause, extent, and consequences of celiac disease;
- • Identify sources of gluten and how gluten affects sensitive individuals;
- • Understand other possible causes of gluten sensitivity;
- • Recognize the oral manifestations of celiac disease.
Topic(s): Oral-systemic Link, Celiac Disease
Course Type: Self-Instructional / Self-Study
Instructional Method: Written Course
Technology Requirements: Computer (recommended), tablet, or smartphone and an internet connection
Program Provider: Today's RDH ([email protected])
Original Course Release Date: January 1, 2021
Course Expiration Date: December 31, 2023
AGD Subject Code(s): 010, 490
AADH Course Code: AADHTDH-002-2021-01-2
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