Lisa Harper Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD

 Lisa Harper-Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD

Lisa Harper Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD

Saturday, April 14, 2012
1. 8 – 11 am
2. 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Recommended for: Dental Team
ODA Courses
3 CE Credits each
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body- Healthy Practice!
 

As dental professionals, we are in a unique position to provide our patients with the highest degree of preventive healthcare.  Thus, we need to be knowledgeable about the multifaceted world of medicine and how it affects our patient’s overall health and well-being.   It is imperative that we embrace the basic concepts of cariology and periodontal disease progression.  These basic constructs coupled with ongoing research and emerging information regarding diet and nutrition as it relates to oral health can be applied during patient care.  Not only will it help us keep our patients healthier..but our practice will benefit as well!

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss diet and nutrition as it relates to proper maintenance of oral health and overall health
  • Discuss scientific evidence presented in the literature regarding nutrition and oral health
  • Identify patients that require basic nutritional counseling in the dental practice.
  • Identify oral sequelae, which be related to poor dietary intake
  • Relate the importance of diet to dental patients during oral health care appointments.
  • List criteria for referring a dental patient to a physician (MD) or a registered dietitian (RD) for dietary consult
  • Manage nutritional issues either by direct patient guidance or appropriate referral.
  • Work with nutrition professionals as multidisciplinary team members in patient management

 

2. Fattening of America: Where does Dentistry Fit into the Puzzle?

The population is growing… and so are our waist lines!  The dental visit isn’t “just about the mouth”—it’s about the whole patient!  The updated food pyramid—how can we relate this information to our patients?  Sugar intake, portion control—encouraging healthy habits—what does dentistry have to do with the obesity crisis?   Ongoing research and emerging information regarding diet and nutrition as it relates to oral health will be discussed.   

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the interrelationship between obesity and oral health.
  • Relate the importance of diet to dental patients during oral health care appointments.
  • Encourage healthier food choices
  • Work with nutrition professionals as multidisciplinary team members in patient management.
  • Manage nutritional issues either by direct patient guidance or appropriate referral.

 

Ms. Harper Mallonee is an Associate Professor at the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.   Ms. Mallonee received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Masters in Public Health with a coordinated degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a Registered Dietitian specializing in the practical application of diet and nutrition in the dental setting.   Ms. Mallonee is a published author in dental hygiene textbooks and peer reviewed journals on multiple topics pertaining to diet, nutrition and oral health.