ORAL SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION
Presented by Lora Hooper, RDH and Gina Pritchard, DNP, RN, ACNP at IDM Foundations
Dr. Gina Pritchard, MSN, RN, CNS, ACNP, DNPc
Gina Pritchard DNP is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Treatment. She is the owner of The PREVENT Clinic with offices in New York and in Texas and is the Clinical Program Director for the BaleDoneen Method. She is one of the nation’s leading specialists in prevention of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and vascular-related dementia. The published science surrounding the BaleDoneen Method has demonstrated regression and stabilization of arterial disease. Dr. Pritchard’s Doctoral work focused on increasing global use of thorough, high quality assessment of the arterial wall, specifically the arterial intimal-media, to ensure arterial wellness. The knowledge, techniques, and treatments are now available to live life free from the #1 killers – heart attack and stroke. Dr. Pritchard’s life work is focused on bringing this life-saving education and tools to millions in order for each individual to live life uninterrupted by cardiovascular disease.
Lora Hopper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA
Lora received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the Ohio State University in 1995. Lora is a founding member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and a Preceptor for the BaleDoneen Method. Lora is a member of the ADHA, ODHA, and CDHA. She has served as Continuing Education Chair for the CDHA and as a liaison for the ODHA to the OSDB.
At the Prevent Clinic, Lora is one of our care coordinators. In this position, she is able to integrate her expertise in dental knowledge, managing patient care, and incorporating her passion for improving patients’ lives with implementing oral systemic care into practice. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her children and reading oral systemic health research. One fun fact about Lora is that she was a figure skater for The Ohio State University. She is also co-owner of a business, DHE Method, that provides coaching and resources to implement oral systemic care into practice. She also co-hosts the Ask Why Podcast.
Why do we have to say “oral-systemic?” We don’t say “cardio-systemic,” “gastrointestinal-systemic,” or “cerebral-systemic?” Of course it is because of the history of medicine evolving into a reductionist approach. In this session we will further define the relationship between oral concerns and systemic effects.
In this course the participants will gain a foundational understanding of:
The pathophysiology and impact of oral high-risk bacteria on arterial plaque formation and other end organ damage
How airway and the gut microbiome are involved in arterial and end organ damage
The top tests that are necessary at baseline to gauge the systemic effect of oral bacteria and airway-related concerns for each individual patient