2013AM: Patient Medical Conditions that Affect Dental Treatment (CE: 1.5)


For some time, we have known that systemic diseases can affect a patient’s oral health and therefore, modify dental treatment.  Dental treatment can be affected either by medications used to treat a particular medical condition or by the oral changes resulting from a particular non- oral disease process. In this presentation, some of those medical conditions (such as diabetes, pregnancy, arthritis, total joint prostheses, bulimia and anorexia nervosa, blood disorders, cancer, cardiovascular and kidney disease, epilepsy and others) which impact treatment of dental disease will be outlined. 


Learning Objectives:

  • List the most common patient medical conditions that can impact dental treatment.
  • Describe the impact of these medical conditions on dental treatment.
  • Discuss common dental conditions treated by dentists, and how and why these conditions can be linked to underlying medical conditions.



W. H. (Bert) Milligan III, PhD, DMD, FICD

Launched: 2013