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THC + Teeth: What You Need to Know About Cannabis and Oral Health

  • Tue, Oct 17, 2023 | 5:30 PM - Tue, Oct 17, 2023 | 8:30 PM

Tue, Oct. 17, 2023 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Live Webinar/ 3 CEU

Dr. Arceo, previously Dr. DeVincenzi, completed  her DMD at Oregon Health & Science University, aka “OHSU”, then continued on to receive her Master’s degree for assessing the prevalence of periodontitis among adult Cannabis users in Portland, Oregon while completing a periodontal residency. She is Board Certified in Periodontics and Implantology — currently practicing on the Central Coast of California in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria.  Over the past 6 years Dr. Arceo has lectured with Dr. Barry Taylor on Cannabis and oral health in Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Virginia.

Course for dentists, hygienists, and front office staff:
Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, is the most common used illicit drug in the United States. Thirty-three states currently have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while eleven states have legalized it for recreational use.  It is estimated that over 10% of the US population uses marijuana at least once a year.

This course is an unbiased and evidence-based presentation of marijuana and its role in dentistry – including an introduction to the history of marijuana, a basic science review regarding the Cannabis plant and the Endocannabinoid System, the oral and general health effects of marijuana use, and areas of possible dental research related to cannabinoids.

  • Learning Objectives:
    Understand what the Endocannabinoid System is, what cannabinoids are, and how marijuana is connected.
  • Understand how marijuana affects oral health – specifically with regards to oral pathology, dental caries, and periodontal disease.
  • Understand how marijuana affects general health and possibly interactions with commonly prescribed medications.
  • Learn how to communicate with patients regularly using marijuana.
  • Explore future areas of research with cannabinoids in regards to anxiolysis, bone metabolism, wound healing, and inflammation.

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