Dental Sports Medicine: Managing Your Patient “Who is an Athlete”

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2024
Time: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: University of Maryland School of Dentistry - Live Webinar via Zoom
Tuition: Dental Professionals: $59.00

1.5 CDE credit hours - lecture

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry designated this activity for 1.5 Continuing Dental Education hours.

Target Audience:  All dental professionals
Presented by: Dr. John F. Wisniewski
Conflict of Interest: Nothing to disclose.


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Speaker Biography

Dr. Wisniewski graduated FDU School of Dentistry (1980) and completed a GPR Program (1981) at University Hospital – UMDNJ. Following three years of private practice in Jersey City, N.J., he served on faculty and private practice at UAB School of Dentistry (1984-1996) and NJ School of Dentistry (1996-2000).  Dr. Wisniewski holds an M.S. in Dental Biomaterials from UAB (1995) and completed a three-year Master’s Degree Program in Endodontics at UNC-Chapel Hill (2003). His M.S. thesis research, “Association of Cerebral Concussions and Dental Injuries with Mouthguard Usage Among College Football Players” received Derek Turner Research Award at UNC.

Over the last twenty-eight years, Dr. Wisniewski has conducted clinical studies involving: posterior composite wear/clinical performance and finishing techniques, nicotine usage and smokeless tobacco use among baseball players and football players, new advances in smokeless tobacco hazard awareness, the association of cerebral concussions and dental injuries with mouthguard usage among college football players, new concepts in dental mouthguard design, and vital pulp therapy on permanent on Teeth. One of Dr. Wisniewski’s teaching responsibilities at Roseman CODM is calibrating all the general dentistry faculty members in performing vital pulp therapy in permanent teeth as well as root canal therapy via cold hydraulic condensation technique with minimum apical instrumentation.

Dr. Wisniewski has authored more than forty publications, and his research has been featured on the three major networks: CBS (New York City) and ABC/NBC (Birmingham).  Previously, Dr. Wisniewski served as Dental Consultant to Mr. Jimmy Bragan, President of the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs (1990-1994) and as Dental Consultant and Coordinator of the Spring Training Dental Screening Program for the Atlanta Braves Baseball Organization (1993-2003, 2015-present) and for Latino Baseball Players in the Cleveland Indians Minor Leagues (2005). Dr. Wisniewski was an Educational Dental Consultant for the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, and Houston Astros Minor Leagues, (1992-1994), the Florida Marlins (1994, 1996, 1999), the Jacksonville Jaguars Football Team -NFL (1995), the Tampa Bay Rays and Minors Leagues (2008), and Georgia State University Football (2010). Dr. Wisniewski served as Co-Chair of the Research and Education Committee of the Academy for Sports Dentistry (2006-2011).

Dr. Wisniewski has been an invited speaker and has presented to the following organizations: National Athletic Trainers’ Association, SEATA, PBATS, PFATS, NFL Physicians’ Association, MLB Team Physicians’ Association, American College of Sports Medicine, American Sports Medicine Institute, American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists, International Association for Dental Research, American Association for Dental Research, Academy for Sports Dentistry, International Association for Dental Traumatology and the American Health Foundation.

After completing his Endodontic Post-Graduate Program at UNC – Chapel Hill, Dr. Wisniewski was in private Practice Limited to Endodontics in Cary, North Carolina (2004-2012) and served as a consultant to the Durham Bulls Baseball Team (2004-2011). While in practice, Dr. Wisniewski was selected for inclusion into “Guide to America’s Top Dentists” – 2009, 2010 Editions.

Dr. Wisniewski completed a full-time faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Endodontics at VCU School of Dentistry (2012-2013). Prior to moving to Utah Dr. Wisniewski was in Private Practice Limited to Endodontics at Dr. George Oley III and Associates, Richmond, Virginia (2013-2016). Dr. Wisniewski also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, lecturing to the graduate pediatric dentistry and graduate endodontic residents at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, and as Coordinator of the Spring Training Dental Screening Program for Atlanta Braves Baseball.

Dr. Wisniewski is a full-time Associate Professor – Specialist in Endodontics at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, South Jordan, Utah since September 1, 2016.

Dr. Wisniewski’s recent awards since joining Roseman College of Dental Medicine’s Faculty include:
(1) the Inaugural Faculty Research Mentor Award in Support of the Roseman SCADA Student Winner – 2000
(2) Roseman College of Dental Medicine’s Faculty Research Mentor Award – 2021
(3) Roseman College of Dental Medicine’s Faculty Excellence Research Award – 2021
(4) Roseman College of Dental Medicine’s Distinguished Faculty Research Mentor Award – 2022
(5) Roseman College of Dental Medicine’s Clinical Research Faculty Excellence Award – 2022
(6) Roseman College of Dental Medicine’s CORE (Clinical Outcomes Research Education) Award – 2023

Course Description

Athletes participating in various sports experience a complex array of oral health issues. The association between biochemical physiology, oral habits, and related factors and the increase in prevalence of carious lesions will be discussed. These oral health conditions can impact the athlete’s ability to perform well and participate in both training and competitions. Most importantly, many of these athletes have no awareness of their own oral health issues.

Thus, the need for the formal establishment of pre-participation dental screening examinations has been documented. Based on a literature review and many years of usage, a newly designed “Combination Pre-participation Dental Screening and Triaging Form” has come to the forefront. The practical application of its use will be demonstrated.

The program will highlight other areas of concern when managing your patient – “Who is an Athlete”? These topics include smokeless tobacco (ST) use, hazard awareness and a unique approach to an ST cessation, the emergence of E-cigarette usage, mouthguard use, and bacterial contamination, and the ideal properties of a mouthguard.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the association between biochemical physiology, oral habits, and related factors and the increase in prevalence of carious lesions.
  • Understand how utilizing the new combination “Pre-participation Dental Screening and Triaging Form”, can identify caries early-on for treatment, thus reducing the potential loss of playing time and minimizing the cost of dental treatment for athletes.
  • Understand the rationale and how to implement a ST hazard awareness and cessation program for athletes.
  • Discuss the bacterial contamination that occurs during dental mouthguard usage.

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