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Drugs in Dentistry - Including Herbals and Natural Products410-706-2282

Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Presented by: Richard Wynn, PhD

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Wynn

Richard L. Wynn, PhD, is professor of pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Wynn has served as a dental researcher and teacher of dental pharmacology and dental hygiene pharmacology for his entire professional career. He holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Wynn chaired the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry from 1980 to 1995. Previously he chaired the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dr. Wynn has authored more than 300 publications and has given more than 500 continuing education seminars, nationally and internationally.  pp


Course Description:

Learn the latest information on conventional drugs, herbal supplements and nutraceuticals that have an impact on dental and dental hygiene practice. Discussion will include: new medical drugs; new intranasal ketorolac (Sprix); OTC ibuprofen-acetaminophen combination; the latest 2012 agency guidelines for cardioprotective aspirin use in men and women; new 2011 ADA guidelines for management of drug induced osteonecrosis of the jawbone; an antibiotic update including joint prosthesis prophylaxis; an antidepressant update; and detailed information about four newly-approved blood thinners to replace Plavix and Coumadin.

Dr. Wynn will also lead a discussion of popular herbal supplements, including free radicals, reactive oxygen species, antioxidants, chocolate, red wine, acai, pomegranate, bioflavonoids, Co-Q-10, and dental herbal products. He will provide detailed descriptions of medical concerns about herbals, including those that cause bleeding. The course also includes the latest information on chondroitin and glucosamine/MSM. 

In addition, participants will learn about foods and their medical uses, including omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Dr. Wynn will offer expert analysis of the latest data on CRP levels and the risk of heart attack; how to elevate good cholesterol; and the different benefits of moderate alcohol consumption in males and females. Finally, he will summarize the supplements one should take to maximize health.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Describe the latest guidelines on antibiotic use, analgesic use; management of drug-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw; and antiobiotic prophylaxis of joint prosthesis in patients
  • List the important antioxidants and herbal supplements and compare their health benefits
  • List the most recent findings on cardioprotective aspirin and the management of patients on Pradaxa and othe rnew blood thinners
  • Describe the new findings on omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D supplements, moderate alcohol consumption
  • Describe the relationship between CRP, periodontal disease and risk of heart attack


  • Dentist: $295
  • Team Member: $175

CDE Credits:

  • 6 CDE credit hours - lecture


  • Entire Dental Team

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