Women of childbearing age present with fluctuations in gonadotrophic and ovarian hormones that occur primarily during puberty and pregnancy. Medications, hormones, and psychosocial issues may cause changes in gingival tissues and host susceptibility. Does periodontal disease affect pregnancy outcomes? Periodontal therapy should be provided according to the health status of the individual patient based on the interpretation of current research. This course will allow the participant to understand the physiology of ovarian hormones and associated periodontal implications; provide an understanding of periodontal disease, periodontal therapy, and pregnancy outcomes; and provide clinical guidelines on therapy and alterations of therapy based on the stage of the female life cycle.
Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, received her DDS in 1976 from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry, where she currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontics. She is also the chair of research at the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care Center Dental Service. Dr Otomo-Corgel is on the board of directors of the California Society of Periodontists, CDA Inderdisciplinary Council, UCLA School of Dentistry Board of Counselors, and UCLA Periodontal Alumni Advisory Council and is a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice. She has contributed to over 60 journals and texts. She is currently a Trustee of Mount St Mary’s College, where she is a member of the Education Committee and Student Life Committee. She has maintained a private practice limited to periodontics, oral medicine, and implantology in Los Angeles, California, since 1981.
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