The Link Between Oral Health & Lung Diseases

October 15, 2020
10 AM - 11 AM PT


Poor oral health can contribute to several respiratory diseases especially among patients on mechanical ventilation. Research has shown that oral bacteria can be aspirated into the lower airways and lead to acute respiratory infection. This webinar will address the association between oral health and lung diseases.


  • Frank Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, Professor & Chair of the Department of Oral Biology & Associate Dean for Faculty and Professional Development, School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Madhuli Thakkar, MPH, BDS, Biostatistician, Analytics & Evaluation, DentaQuest for Partnership for Oral Health Advancement

Learning objectives:

  • Review the history of the connections between the mouth and lung with respect to pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
  • Learn what unanswered questions remain concerning this connection.
  • Understand the intersection of ventilator-associated pneumonia, COVID-19, oral health and equity.

Participants will receive 1 CE credit

Recording will be made available.