Oral Health: A Practitioner's Guide Outline

A One-Day Interactive Workshop Designed for Medical Practitioners (GPs) covering:

  • Chronic infections, inflammation & biocompatibility
  • Airway, posture and sleep disordered breathing
  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain – an oral health perspective

Workshop Summary

The mouth provides a wealth of information about a person’s health. When you know what to look for you can deliver significantly better health outcomes to your patients.

The mouth is the beginning of the respiratory and digestive systems, the site of the two most common human infections (i.e. gum disease and tooth decay) as well as being highly innervated neurologically.

It is surprising that it so frequently ignored when treating a patient’s general health.

When oral health and function are compromised the health of rest of the body is affected.


Discover why the mouth is the gateway to good health and learn how to discuss this with your patients to improve their health.

Who should attend?

This one-day program has been designed to equip GPs with the skills necessary to identify and assess problems within the oral cavity and understand their potential impact on whole body health.

By understanding the dynamics of the oral cavity, new insights can be gained, and common treatments for patients can be more effective and complementary to other treatment protocols.

Program learning outcomes

  • Define the key elements of a complete oral health assessment
  • Describe the two most common infections occurring in the population, relevant treatment options and the vectors by which chronic inflammation and biocompatibility have the potential to impact on systemic health
  • Assess the impact of diet on craniofacial development, potential airway problems and possible impact on posture
  • Identify the link between parafunction (e.g. clenching and grinding), sleep-disordered breathing and chronic pain of the head, neck and jaw (e.g. chronic tension headaches)

Program Presenters

Presented in an interactive format by Dr Ron Ehrlich, and facilitated by education developer Ann Wilson, this program, based on best educational practices includes a comprehensive guide and follow-up materials as valuable resources for ongoing reference.

Dr Ron Ehrlich B.D.S (Syd Uni) FACNEM (Dent)

Over 35 years of clinical practice in the Sydney CBD, Dr Ron Ehrlich has developed his health model of how stress affects our health; breaking stress down to emotional, environmental, nutritional, postural and dental stressors. While focusing on sleep, breathe and nourish to build resilience in patients for better health outcomes. The model has shaped Dr Ron’s keynotes, lectures, educational programs and podcasts both locally and internationally.

Ann Wilson BA (Hons); Post Graduate Certificate in Education; MA (Adult Education)

Ann has over 35 years experience in further and higher education as a teacher, course designer, and academic developer. She has worked for the Securities Institute, the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), and Learning & Teaching at UNSW. She is currently a senior academic developer for Navitas with a particular focus on assessment and feedback. She has held consultancies with many large public and private organisations including Westpac, Telstra and State Rail delivering a wide range of services including, training, accreditation, course design, and development.

Workshop Program

8.00am:Registration & arrival coffee/tea
8.30am:Welcome and workshop overview
9.00am- 10.30am:Chronic infections, inflammation & biocompatibility
10.30 – 11.00am:Morning Tea
11.00am – 12.30pm:Airway, posture and sleep-disordered
breathing – an oral health perspective
12.30 -1.00pm:Lunch
1.00 -2.30pm:Chronic musculoskeletal pain – an oral health perspective
2.30-3.30pm:Afternoon Tea
3.30 -5.00pm:A model of health – putting it all together

Program Relevance to General Practice

Oral health is a significant contributor to the burden of disease in Australia, with oral diseases among the most common and costly to our society. Oral conditions are the third highest cause of preventable hospital admissions, with more than 63,000 Australians hospitalised each year. National expenditure in Australia on oral health ranks second highest after cardiovascular disease at $8.3 billion (2012–13). (RACGP – OH16)

Oral health is an important, and yet often overlooked aspect of your patients’ general health. Over 90% of the adult population have some form of gingivitis; over 45% of adults have periodontitis raising to over 70% in those 65 years and older; more than 90% of adults 20-64 years old have had some decay in their permanent teeth; over 90% of the population have insufficient space for all 32 teeth they have evolved to have affecting the space available in the upper airway.

An understanding of common dental infections and malocclusion (narrow jaw and crowded teeth) and their impact on general health is important for all GPs and allied health professionals. This program will explore a holistic approach to the many links between oral health and general health.

Program Accreditation

This active Learning Program is has accreditation by the RACGP QI & CPD program.

Total Points: 40 Category 1 points

Client Testimonials

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“The eyes may be the window to the soul, but with this excellent & valuable course, it appears obvious that the mouth is the gateway to the body!” ~ Dr Ross Walker, Cardiologist

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“There is so much to learn about the body as a whole from looking in a person’s mouth. The information in this course is the missing link, as very little about dentistry is taught in medical school, and as you often say, there is so much neurology in the mouth, it is a goldmine of information that the GP can use to help deliver better overall care to their patients” ~ Dr Michelle Woolhouse, GP

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“I think regular GPs will be surprised at the depth of the content and the relevance and usefulness to their practice” ~ Dr Debbie Fewtrell, GP

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“GPs need to know this for the sake of their patients. This will do to the GPs what reading Weston A Price’s book did for me for sure – open their eyes!” ~ Dr John Thorsell Iltriago, GP

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“Excellent learning objectives. What you are offering though is not just ‘wellness’ in the soft sense of the word but real and tangible impacts on all causes of morbidity and mortality in chronic diseases.” ~ Dr Christabelle Yeoh GP.

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Thanks and congratulations on your workshop. It will take its place in the future among the most relevant and popular on the ‘circuit’, I have no doubt. Dr. Paul V.Nichols

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I would like to sincerely thank you for your insightful presentation. It was an amazingly successful event from our perspective.
The comments after the talk were ‘applicable and practical’, ‘incredibly knowledgeable presenter’, ‘fun and informative’ and ‘nice guy’. Your passion for the topic truly shone through.” Teresa Mitchell-Paterson, Head of Academic Studies

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As you know I am big believer and proponent of the holistic view of the patient. GPs need to know this for the sake of their patients. This will do to the GPs what reading Weston A Price’s book did for me for sure – open their eyes! Dr John Thorsell Itriago