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Staying Healthy in a Viral World: Dentistry's Role as Gatekeepers of Systemic Inflammation


Presented by: DeWitt Wilkerson, DDS, and Susan Estep, DMD

Original Publication Date: May 5, 2020


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Course Description:

A presentation offering tools to re-position yourself and your practice for success as you reopen in this new era of dentistry. Dentists have never been better positioned to educate patients and improve patients' complete health. Learn to lead by creating your collaborative healthcare team of experts in your community (and across the country) using virtual tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how this concept underscores the importance of a holistic and collaborative approach to healthcare in a world where viral threats are significant.
  • Examine how dentists, alongside other healthcare professionals, are in a prime position to promote overall health by addressing oral health issues and reducing systemic inflammation, ultimately contributing to staying healthy in a viral world.

Speaker Bios:

DeWitt “Witt” Wilkerson joined Dr. Peter Dawson’s private practice in 1982, where he is a partner. This has provided invaluable clinical experience in a renowned clinical culture. Dr. Wilkerson lectures on the subjects of restorative dentistry, dental occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, airway/dental sleep medicine, and integrative dental medicine. He is a Senior Faculty/Lecturer and Director of Dental Medicine at the Dawson Academy. Dr. Wilkerson is a Past-President of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), Past-President of the American Equilibration Society (AES), Director of Dental Medicine at the Dawson Academy, Adjunct Professor of Graduate Studies, the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and former Associate Faculty and Special Lecturer, the L.D. Pankey Institute. He also authored the book The Shift, The Dramatic Movement Toward Health-Centered Dentistry.

Susan Estep is the co-founder and co-owner of Atlanta Dental Spa, the premier provider of cosmetic dentistry in Atlanta. Dr. Estep leads her skilled team, and together, they have created one of Atlanta’s leading dental practices. After graduating with honors from Georgia Tech, Dr. Susan G. Estep received her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Estep has become well known for her dedication to complete health dentistry. Her success as a cosmetic dentist shows not only in her patient's smiles but also in the underlying health of those smiles.