The opportunity for the Dental team to be exceptional has never been greater than today.

The world of medicine is exploding with significant research about what is required to be healthy for a lifetime. The exceptional dental team can play a major role in the lives of thousands of people, enhancing their quality of life and longevity, through science based counseling and total wellness services.

The Exceptional Dental Team…
serves as the gatekeeper of Systemic inflammation.
Researchers agree that systemic inflammation is a major source of chronic illness, disease, and premature death in the U.S. The Exceptional Dental Team can provide an invaluable service by screening for several major sources of systemic inflammation including: oral pathogens, sleep apnea, pro-inflammatory diets, toxins(smoking), lack of physical activity, and stress.

The Exceptional Dental Team…
serves as an invaluable resource for total wellness.
The role of oral pathogens in systemic infection and inflammation is now understood as a major factor in the breakdown of the body. The Dental Team is the best equipped health care provider to screen, diagnose, and treat destructive oral bacteria. We will discuss salivary testing, periodontal protocols including antimicrobials, and other non-surgical modalties of therapy.

The role of Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA) in systemic inflammation and tissue damage is possibly the #1 most serious, most undiagnosed concern in medicine. The Dental Team can screen, refer, and often treat OSA, providing potentially life saving care for many men, women, and children. We will discuss screening , diagnosis, and therapy protocols for OSA.
The role of the western pro-inflammatory diet is well documented to be associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic illness, poor quality of life and pre-mature death. We see the affects of this systemic inflammation in periodontal disease, poor healing, and symptoms of chronic pain. The Dental Team can evaluate, educate, and coach regarding these diet driven disorders. We will discuss the most current scientific strategies on reversing inflammation associated with poor diet.

The role of toxins/smoking, lack of physical activity, and stress all play major roles in accelerated aging. The Dental Team can take an active role in influencing and supporting patients and your community to address these sources of systemic inflammation. We will discuss strategies you can implement immediately to help others get healthier.

The Exceptional Dental Team…
has a bright future as a Total Wellness Team!
We look forward to inspiring you to envision the unlimited potential you have as a team to change lives- including your own health, by embracing a Total Wellness strategy, that will make you truly exceptional health professionals!

What you will learn…

Objective 1: Be able to describe a screening process and management protocol for oral pathogens and systemic inflammation.
Objective 2: Be able to describe a screening process and management protocol for obstructive sleep apnea.
Objective 3: Be able to describe nutritional principles and practices that can be implemented by the total wellness dental team.
Objective 4: Be able to describe strategies for developing programs related to smoking cessation, physical activity, and stress reduction.

Seminar Excerpt

How This Course Works

This course is accessible on computers, tablets and smart phones. Watch the following video to learn how you access online courses.

Course Information

Instructor: DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD

CE Credits: 3

Runtime: 2 hours 25 minutes

Format: Video + Manual

Tuition: $79 for 12 month access

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: General Dentists, Team Members


The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 3 credit hours of continuing education credit.

Original Course Release Date: 25November2015
Expiration Date: 25November2018