The Oral Microbiome and COVID 19: Is There a Connection?

New CourseCourse Description


Recent studies indicate the increasing role of oral microbiome such as viruses and bacteria in the development and progression of oral cancer and other cancers of the digestive tract. This seminar will focus on the demographics, clinical presentations and risk factors associated with oral and oro- digestive cancers. In addition, different oral conditions such as viral infection, fungal infection, halitosis and burning mouth syndrome will be discussed.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarize the participants with the clinical presentation of oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
  • Describe the molecular mechanisms associated with squamous cell carcinoma (scc) of the oral cavity
  • Discuss the changing profile of risk factors associated with SCC
  • Discuss the HPV family in the context of cervical and oral cancer
  • Discuss the detrimental effects of HPV on tumor suppressor genes in epithelial cells
  • Discuss interaction between HPV and the oral microbiome
  • Discuss interrelations between oral SCC and hematological cancers
  • Evaluate the effects of HPV vaccination and oral cancer
  • Discuss HPV as an potential occupational hazard in the dental team
  • Discuss potential expansion of HPV vaccination in bone marrow transplants cancer patients
  • Discuss viral , fungal and bacterial infections of the Oral cavity
  • Discuss halitosis and burning mouth


  • Joseph Katz, DMD, Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences (Faculty Website)
    • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”


UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

888-550-4590 (toll-free)

Continuing Education Units

7 contact hours. Lecture

Team Discount available Team Discount Available
  • 8AM – 4PM
  • Networking Lunch included
Participant Regular Fee Early Bird Fee
(Expires 1 month before course date)
Dentists $369 $319
Auxiliaries $269 $219
Dates Location Course # AGD #
TBA Gainesville, FL 730

Cancellation policy effective January 1, 2019