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TOPIC Hormone Balancing: The Missing Link to Oral Health
Suzanne M. Valente, DDS
2 CE Units (Core)
Do hormones enter your mind when you examine a patient? Is low estrogen/perimenopause a part of your differential diagnosis for the fortyish woman who complains of a dry mouth? Do you send her home with Act lozenge samples, or do you refer her to her PCP or OB/GYN for hormone testing? Considering estrogen has over 400 documented functions in the body, if you are the first to spot symptoms of low estrogen, you are the amazing doctor who dramatically enhanced her quality of life.
This presentation is designed to enhance your understanding of the overarching role of hormones. This knowledge, combined with our dental expertise will allow us to direct our male and female patients down a path designed to make dramatic differences in the quality of life our patients experience. Last but not least, I hope you can learn enough about hormones to help yourself personally. You might be surprised to learn adequate levels of sex hormones are necessary for optimal fine motor skills and cognitive decision-making.
SPEAKER BIO Suzanne M. Valente, DDS graduated with Honors from UC Berkeley in Genetics, with an emphasis on research. In 1981 she graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry. Dr. Valente established a solo practice in San Jose, and was a member of the SCCDS, until her retirement, due to disability, in 1998. She joined SMCDS thereafter, and began to participate as a volunteer to enhance dental care in our communities. She participated in screenings for children and initiated oral cancer screenings for seniors in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. In Half Moon Bay, she made contact with dentists working with Sonrisas Dental Clinic, which provided dental care for all age groups. She became a Board Member at Sonrisas and volunteered time extensively to help streamline their operation, which was losing money and in danger of closure. Dr. Valente subsequently became a member of the County Coalition on dental care, where she found there were numerous programs to aid children, but none to assist seniors with their oral health needs. She ultimately connected with the County Ombudsman, Tippy Irwin. It was her relationship with Tippy and Etta at the Dental Society that got her involved in a number of senior care projects, most notably directed toward oral care for our seniors in nursing home facilities. Dr. Valente became aware that newly created RDHAPs could play a valuable role in this effort to assist seniors and with SMCDS, promoted to CDA a senior research project formally utilizing RDHAPs in the nursing facility environment.