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South West CE: Poor Oral Health and Cognitive Decline
Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST
Category: South West Component


Course Description: By 2030, about 1 in 5 adults will be aged 65 and older. Around 60% of this demographic will have some form of periodontal disease. More than 5 million will have Alzheimer's disease. Recent scientific findings have found that the periodontal pathogen, p. gingivalis can invade and inflame areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease. Other studies have found that people with oral inflammation have increased cognitive decline. This course will examine the emerging evidence linking periodontal health and Alzheimer's disease. 


  • Types of dementias and cognitive decline
  • Risk factors
  • P. gingivalis and the herpes virus
  • Inflammation and brain atrophy
  • Comorbidities

Learning objectives:

  • Discover the potential role of p. gingivalis and the herpes virus in brain inflammation
  • Evaluate the research showing how periodontal disease may increase the risk and/or worsen dementias and cognitive decline
  • Discuss the role periodontal therapy and good oral hygiene may have on brain health


Carol Jahn, RDH, MS, Director of Professional Relations & Education with Waterpik. She has been a dental hygienist since 1982, practiced clinically for 14 years in general and periodontal practices and is now an international speaker, author and industry leader.

Format and CE Hours:

This is a virtual CE offered via Zoom. Attendees will receive 2 CE hours. 

Registration Pricing:

Members - $10

Non-members  - $50 

Students - FREE





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