We know that when we see gingival inflammation we may well be seeing whole-body inflammation on a local level.

But what do we do about it?

Essentials of Inflammation & Infection Course: On-Demand

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Systemic inflammation is the primary factor related to chronic breakdown of our complete health. There is a strong relationship between periodontal inflammation and systemic inflammation. Integrative Dental Medicine engages dental teams as the gatekeepers of systemic inflammation.

In this course, you’ll learn how to recognize the signs, symptoms and cycle of oral inflammation and infection. Understand the role of the human stress reaction in triggering a cascade of physiological reactions including biochemical imbalances, blood sugar dysregulation and insulin resistance, and gastric reflux. Gain the knowledge and the ability to make meaningful differences in our patients’ lives through professional awareness, interdisciplinary practice with other medical professionals, patient education, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of systemic inflammation and infection.

Suggested prerequisite: IDM Foundations Seminar

This on-demand course will provide you the knowledge, tools and business strategy to immediately begin addressing these concerns in your practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the detailed relationships between local and systemic inflammation and dental concerns
  • Receive and utilize a checklist for screening, testing and treating oral pathogens through non-surgical periodontal therapy
  • Develop a system for communicating with patients through co-discovery and co-decision making
  • Learn how to review and interpret test results and develop personalized treatment plans
  • Discover how to collaborate with other medical specialists to address oral and systemic inflammation

"Dr. Wilkerson’s passionate approach is amazing to witness.

He has put many doctors on the path to identifying patients at risk for sleep disordered breathing and has raised awareness of sleep being a global issue and not just the focus of the mouth and the appliance."

-Chris M. Lajoie, Airway Project Manager

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the detailed relationships between airway, breathing, sleep, inflammation and dental concerns
  • Receive and utilize a checklist for screening, testing and treating airway and sleep disorders
  • Receive training in the use of high-resolution pulse oximeters and home sleep tests for breathing disordered sleep
  • Receive training in how to collaborate with other medical specialists to address airway and sleep disorders
  • Discover a business model for profitability, insurance coding and marketing new services and lines of business

The Essentials of Inflammation Course includes:

  • What is the Oral Systemic Inflammation/Infection Connection?
  • Get to Know the Five High Risk Oral Pathogens
  • Salivary Testing and Interpretation
  • Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Options
  • Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy: Case Studies
  • Introduction to Systemic Inflammation
  • Systemic Inflammation Testing
  • Systemic Inflammation Therapy
  • Blood Glucose Dysregulation and Oral Systemic Health
  • The GI Tract and Oral Systemic Health

...along with digital downloads, mobile access, and more! 8.5 CE credits awarded upon successful completion of the course and exam.

"IDM Scholar Society is awesome!!! First meeting in St. Petersburg was outstanding!!! Thank you all for everything you are doing!!!"

-Dr. Mike Milligan

Featured Educators

Witt Wilkerson, DMD

Integrative Dental Medicine Scholar Society,
Founder & CEO

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Gina Pritchard, DNP, RN, CNS, ACNP-BC

IDMSS, Vice President, Medical Director;
 The Prevent Clinic, Owner;
Cardiovascular & Oral-Systemic Risk Specialist

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Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD

Direct Diagnostic Labs, Chief of Oral Systemic Medicine
Founder of Salivary Diagnostic Testing Oral / Systemic Link

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Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

IDMSS, Vice President, Clinical Director;
The Prevent Clinic, Care Coordinator/Patient Educator

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8.5 CE Credits Awarded. One CE certificate issued per purchase. For Doctors or Office Managers interested in purchasing for a practice, please reach out to [email protected].

(DDS, MD, PA, NP, CDT, etc.)


(RDH, DA, RN, LVN, MA, Consultant etc.)


Frequently Asked Questions

8.5 CE Credits awarded upon successful completion
of the course and examination.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Dr. Wilkerson is known to say, “On a great day, we save a smile; on an amazing day, we save a life.” Breaking the infection cycle is how dental professionals do it every day.

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