Targeting Obesity in Dental Patients:

Obesity, as we hear almost every day, is taking a devastating toll on human health and wellness. In fact, it may be the single greatest threat to global health. Worldwide, the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since 1980, and projections suggest that 1.2 billion people will be obese by 2030. As strong predictors of comorbidity, obesity and Metabolic Syndrome can no longer be ignored in everyday patient care. Recent
studies have proposed a correlation between obesity and periodontal disease; numerous investigations have also suggested an interrelationship between Metabolic Syndrome and periodontal disease. This energizing, revelatory course empowers the dental team to identify patients at risk for overweight and obesity, overcome the
difficulty in discussing weight, build collaboration with the medical community to cross-screen and cross-refer patients at risk for obesity and periodontal disease, and educate dental patients about the role of obesity in increasing risk for periodontal disease.

Learning Objectives:
• Explain the biological mechanism that is theorized to link obesity and
Metabolic Syndrome to periodontal disease
• Describe the concept of cumulative inflammatory burden
• Identify dental patients who are overweight or obese
• Recognize patients who may be 'inflammatory-primed'
• Overcome the difficulty in discussing weight with patients
• Educate patients about the impact of overweight and obesity on periodontal health
• Identify patients who might benefit from referral to physicians and specialists for weight management
• Implement clinical considerations in caring for obese dental patients
• Build collaboration with the medical community to cross-screen and cross-refer
patients at risk for obesity and periodontal disease.

  • CE Credit: 3
  • Audience:
  • Supported by:Florida Probe Corporation
  • Supported by:Colgate Oral Health Network
  • Supported by:SunStar Americas Inc
Casey Hein

Casey Hein, BSDH, RDH, MBA

Casey Hein first began speaking about periodontal-systemic links in 2003, when this body of science was emerging. Since that time, evidence of the roleof periodontal disease in amplifying systemic inflammation and increasing the risk for chronic diseases has strengthened. Yet, clinicians are not quite certain how to integrate this information into everyday patient care. Casey’s programs present new models of care and collaboration that practitioners can implement immediately. They are the result of many years of clinical consulting, research, participation on scientific boards and in consensus groups, and her experience in building an environment for medical dental collaboration at the University of Manitoba. Utilizing sophisticated animations, case studies and storytelling of professional experiences, her programs facilitate greater understanding of periodontal systemic links, stimulate ideas, fuel lively discussions and empower participants. Casey is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Director of Education of the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health in the College of Dentistry; and the Director of Continuing Professional Development for Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba (Canada). She is also an internationally recognized speaker and published author, a consultant to the dental industry, advisory/scientific boards, professional associations, and a reviewer for scientific publications. She has developed two educational websites that provide resources for implementation of periodontal-systemic science ( and online courses related to oral-systemic health for both the dental and medical communities (

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: member of advisory board for Sunstar