Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand the current scientific literature about the association between periodontal health and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and discuss the interactions between these two conditions with patients.
  • Be an active participant in an interdisciplinary team of health care providers treating patients with RA and periodontal disease.
  • Evaluate patients’ risk factors and oral home care practices based upon individualized patient needs and severity of RA disease markers.
  • Understand the risks and benefits regarding routine, elective, and emergent dental care in patients with RA.
  • Discuss with patients the common risk factors associated with periodontitis and RA and be familiar with strategies to treat those risk factors.
  • Discuss with interdisciplinary colleagues the importance of and effective methods for treatment of periodontal disease in patients with RA.