Speaker Information

Ms. Stephanie Botts
Denver, CO
Ergonomics, Substance Use Disorder & Chemical Dependency

Fr315 - The Dental Professional’s Role in Supporting Patients with Substance Use Disorder
Date/Time: 3/17/2023   8 - 11 a.m.
Type: General   Handouts: No
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, Office Staff, Lab techs, Spouses, Students

According to recent studies, about 1 in 12 adults in America have an active substance use disorder. In addition, about 30% of adults misuse substances without showing any outward signs of a disorder. Research indicates substances have a detrimental effect on one’s health, including their oral health. The dental professional can play a vital role in supporting patients with substance use disorder. Oftentimes dental providers are the health care professional spending the most one-on-one time with patients. Therefore, they are in a position to screen and advise patients on this issue. With the right skills and confidence, dental professionals can serve as the first line of defense against risky substance use.