Psychiatric Illness and Dentistry: Challenges for Oral Care
About this Seminar
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
1. Demonstrate how mental health and oral health are closely intertwined and how one can directly impact the other.
2. Comprehend how medications used to treat various forms of mental illness can interact with other drugs used in dentistry.
3. Understand how oral health problems can arise as manifestations of mental illness as well as being side effects of numerous psychiatric medications.
4. Understand the disabilities and stigma associated with mental illness as well as enhancing one’s knowledge of the various psychiatric disorders so as to be better prepared to provide dental treatment on a highly individualized basis.
Psychiatric diagnoses highlighted in this presentation will include:
- mood disorders (e.g.bipolar disorder)
- eating disorders
- anxiety disorders; panic disorder
About Dr. David Clark
Dr. David Clark is the former Director of Dental Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario, Canada from 1988- 2017 and is currently an Instructor in Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
He obtained his MSc. in Oral Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International.
He received the Award of Distinction from the Academy of Dentistry International in 2015 for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education and the ODA (Ontario Dental Association) Award of Merit in 2016.
His hospital-based practice has been devoted primarily to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions.
He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene Program) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and at George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario.
He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of:
- Psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations
- Oral care and the Geriatric Patient: An Emerging Reality
- Clinical Oral Pathology: A Review