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Periodontal Inflammation as a Driver of Systemic Disease

A Free  Dental CE Webinar  hosted by Dental CE Academy

On Demand Dental CE Webinar 

Scroll below for course description and instructions


COURSE FEE:  Complimentary Access

CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 1 credit

DURATION: 60 minutes of continuing education. Followed by a 30 minute product demonstration presented by 

Perio Protect LLC (not required for CE credit per AGD PACE Standards)

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE:  490 Periodontics


MODE: Electronically Mediated | Recorded Webinar - On Demand | Recorded 1.19.24 | Review 12.31.24

SPEAKER: Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS  (Bio below)

AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google Chrome Browser


  1. Watch the above recorded lecture. Do not fast forward, you may pause and resume at your own pace.

  2. Download the Course Folder TAP HERE

  3. Complete the Quiz for CE Credit TAP HERE

  4. Request assistance with CE credit TAP HERE

  5. CE credit verification will be sent to you from Dental CE Academy within 1 minute of quiz completion. Verify the email you entered is correct. Be sure to check spam/junk/promotions folders. 80% minimum passing score is required, multiple attempts are permitted, and attendees have 7 days to successfully complete the quiz for CE credit.

COURSE SUMMARY: While inflammation is an essential component of the body's immune response, chronic or excessive inflammation can be a driver of disease by promoting tissue damage, impairing organ function, and creating an environment that is conducive to disease. This continuing education course is designed to provide dental clinicians with a comprehensive understanding of the intricate relationship between periodontal inflammation and systemic diseases. Recent research has illuminated the profound impact of oral health on overall health, establishing a crucial link between periodontal disease and various systemic conditions. This course will delve into the mechanisms underlying this connection, exploring the bidirectional pathways that contribute to both oral and systemic well-being. Participants will gain insights into the latest evidence, diagnostic tools, and treatment modalities aimed at managing periodontal inflammation to improve not only oral health but also overall systemic health.


  • Describe the inflammatory process as a natural response of the body’s immune system

  • Contrast the natural inflammatory response to the effects of chronic or excessive inflammation, and how this may contribute to disease development and/or its progression

  • Summarize the mechanism by which periodontal inflammation is a driver of systemic disease 

  • List examples of systemic disease thought to be driven by periodontal inflammation

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Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS

Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS is the Chief Education Officer for Dental CE Academy administered by Virtual Dontics® Education LLC.  She completed dental school training at the University of California, San Francisco; during the height of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic.

Dr. Roling is a public health dentist, credited as an early pioneer of Teledentistry. Her clinical practice spans pediatrics to geriatrics. Previously an Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF; and Public Health Preceptor, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Dr. Roling also held the position as Chief for the Office of Oral Health, Maricopa County, Department of Public Health where she administed the nation's largest pediatric oral health prevention programs for the third largest U.S. public health department. As a mobile dental provider, she commanded a large teledentistry practice to treat homebound geriatric patients. She is a recipient of the Pediatric Oral Health Access Program (POHAP) scholarship and provided dental services pro bono to at risk infants and foster children. She has completed certification through the American Dental Education Association in conjunction with the Academy of Academy Leadership and Institute for Allied Health Educators "Advances in Educational Methodology." Her career has been featured in the Arizona Dental Association's Journal Inscriptions, and In 2017 she was published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, followed by a feature interview in 2018 by National Public Radio highlighting the challenges of geriatric dentistry.  

DISCLOSURE OF SPEAKER AND FACULTY COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS:  According to Dental CE Academy's Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Policy, faculty and speakers for any course are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in each course description and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: This course is sponsored by Perio Protect LLC. The speaker, Dr. Kirsten Roling is the Chief Education Officer and employee of Dental CE Academy. She declares no financial relationship with the sponsor. She has not received a speaker's  honorarium and is not compensated for sales of any products.  No corporate entity has contributed or influenced the content for this course.  For written documentation contact


DENTAL CE ACADEMY DISCLOSURE: The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these live and recorded presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Dental CE Academy.  Dental CE Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers. Any suggested protocols for treatment, materials, or services may be based up on the speakers' own clinican experience and should not be construed as Dental CE Academy recommended or endorsed. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.  Dental CE Academy appreciates its educators who share their knowledge and expertise. This level of dedication to dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding. 

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