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Herbal/Nutritional Supplements and the Dental Practice

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Sanjay Chand, MBBS, MD

W. Choong Foong, BSc (Hons), PhD

Course Overview

An estimated 50,000 dietary supplements are available to the consumer in the United States and nearly 70 % of people who use these supplements do not discuss their use with their healthcare providers. Given the prevalence of supplement use among patients, the potential drug interactions and side effects of dietary supplements warrant consideration in dental practice. While some herbal and dietary supplements may be safe and effective, their pharmacological activity may interfere with medication used for oral health care.  Patients and healthcare providers alike are sometimes oblivious to the effects of these supplements and their drug interactions and side effects.

At present, there is a lack of credible information on herbal/dietary supplements and their potential impact to oral health and dental patient management.  This course aims to bridge the gap, providing oral health care providers an overview on this emerging area.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Inquire about a patients dietary supplement use and assess any risk that the supplement may pose for the patient
  • Evaluate potential side effects of the herbal preparation and their impact on oral health
  • Assess potential Herbal/Supplement–Dental Drug Interactions
  • Assess whether the herbal product is free of contamination from compounds such as heavy metals or other pharmacologically active substances.


University of Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit, MI
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Dentist - $125; Allied - $75 (includes food and refreshments)

If you choose to pay for a continuing education course by check, please note that the check must be received by UDM within ten (10) days of registration. If the check is not received within ten (10) days of registration, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the course and will remove you from the course roster and you will forfeit your held seat. If you register less than ten (10) days prior to the start of a course, payment will be accepted up to the course start time. If additional time is required, please contact 313-494-6626 prior to registering to make a payment arrangement.


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Registration table opens half an hour before the course begins.

CDE Credits

3 hours (Lecture)

Registration Policy

For your convenience you may register up until 3:00pm on the day prior to the start of the course with no additional charge. An additional non-refundable fee of $20 dollars per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received after 3:00pm the day prior to a course or to any same day or walk in registrations.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

A full refund less $25 will be granted if notification of cancellation is received by the Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education office two weeks (14 or more days) prior to the start of the course. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks (13 or less days) prior to the start of this hands-on course, no refund will be granted. Refunds cannot be given for same day cancellations or no-shows.

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