Updating Hot Button Drug Topics of Interest to Dentistry 2020

New Course


Course Description

This fast paced course will present an update of the latest drug and supplement issues of interest to dentistry.  List will include the antibiotic industry and the universal call for stewardship of antibiotic use, more drugs associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw bone, patient management on new blood thinners such as Xarelto and Pradaxa, pain relievers and America’s addiction to heroin, medical marijuana and the marijuana licensing industry, 2017 recommendations from orthopedists on premedication in hip and knee patients, development of anti-aging drugs, and clarifying the new onslaught of target-specific immune modulator drugs (i.e. JAK inhibitors for rheumatoid arthritis); hot button supplements including chocolate, Co-Q-10, turmeric, echinacea, vitamin D, fish oil and chondroitin/glucosamine/MSM, will be updated.
The latest on C-reactive protein levels and the risk of heart attack, the different benefits and lack thereof of moderate alcohol consumption, and what supplements to take for maximum health  will be described.

The dental health care provider will come away with a thorough updating of the important drug issues described in recent scientific publications, and the mainstream media, that are relevant to dental practice and of interest to the profession.

Course Objectives

Upon Completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the latest guidelines on antibiotic use, analgesic use, osteonecrosis of the jaw and various conditions premedicated with antibiotics;
  • describe the “appropriate use concept” from  Orthopedic Surgeons on premedicating the joint prosthetic patient undergoing dental surgery;
  • list the hot button supplements and compare their health benefits;
  • list the National Science Foundation purported medical benefits and adverse reactions of medical marijuana; describe the heroin epidemic in America;
  • list the most recent findings on cardioprotective aspirin and the management of patients on Pradaxa, Xarelto and Eliquis;
  • describe the new findings on moderate alcohol consumption;
  • describe the latest drug developments in anti-aging research.
  • describe the relationship between CRP, periodontal disease and risk of heart attack.


  • Richard L Wynn, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore Faculty Website

Continuing Education Units

  • 8 contact hours. Lecture


  • Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, front office personnel


  • Gainesville, FL
  • Team Discount available Team Discount Available
  • Networking lunch included.
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Participant Regular Fee Early Bird Fee
(Expires 1 month before course date)
Dentists $399 $349
Auxiliaries $259 $209
Dates Location Course # AGD #
Dates to be announced Gainesville, FL 016