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ronni brown, meth mouth speaker

TOPICS:

  • Addiction
  • Clinical
  • Communications
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Meth Mouth
  • Virtual Presentations

Ronni Brown, DDS, MPH

Addiction and Dentistry
Dr. Ronni Brown’s presentations captivate audiences with her experiences treating “meth mouth” patients at the Sonoma County Detention Facility. As a clinician, educator, and researcher, she brings a compelling perspective to the topics of addiction and dentistry and helps audiences understand the impact of substance abuse on oral health and treatment outcomes.

Evidence-Based Dentistry
Dr. Brown is among a growing network of dentists nationwide who have been recognized as a “champion of evidence-base dentistry” by the American Dental Association. As a public health dentist and researcher, Dr. Brown promotes the application of scientific evidence to guide treatment decisions, enhance patient education, and improve clinical outcomes.


Have you ever felt that your patient’s substance abuse was the elephant in the room? Are you afraid to discuss your suspicions due to your own discomfort or fear of insulting your patient?

With methamphetamine being the second most widely abused drug in the world, it is likely that you are treating patients who use methamphetamine and have “meth mouth”; teeth that are rotted, blackened, and broken. Many clinicians are not aware of the signs and symptoms of methamphetamine use, or the medical, legal, and ethical issues associated with treating the addicted patient. Being aware of patients’ substance abuse histories is the first step towards patient and practice safety.

With more than 20 years treating “meth mouth” and publishing research, Dr. Ronni Brown understands the behavioral and clinical challenges that the dental team faces when treating the addicted patient. These patients can be treated successfully and the dental team can play a pivotal role in changing the direction of these patient’s lives.

In this interactive, multi-media presentation, discover why methamphetamine is the “hot” street drug and why users will give up their smile for a meth high. Learn how to become aware of methamphetamine use in your practice and how to communicate your concerns to your patients. Receive effective, safe, and realistic strategies for treating patients who have “meth mouth”. Recognize your professional responsibilities and your own personal boundaries in treating the “addicted” patient.

Optional Expanded Course Content: Tweaked, Cracked, and Loaded: Profile of the Addicted Dental Patient

  • Identify the drugs patients are most likely to abuse
  • Discover the “oral” clues of substance abuse
  • Learn how not to fall prey to patients who are “drug seeking

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what methamphetamine is and why it is more addictive than other street drugs
  • Learn the signs of methamphetamine use that are evident during a routine clinical exam
  • Explore the realities of addiction and how to discuss substance abuse with patients
  • Discover the do’s and don’ts to treat methamphetamine users safely, effectively and with confidence

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Hygienists and Team Members

Are you able to keep up with the amount of dental information that comes your way every day? Or, do you base clinical decisions and treatment recommendations on information learned in dental school years ago?

The dental profession has begun a paradigm shift from patient care based upon traditions and opinions towards care based upon the best available evidence. Many clinicians find it difficult to stay abreast of the latest scientific literature and integrate it into their clinical practice. Throw your dental journals away and discover online resources to access the most current scientific information within minutes!

A public health dentist and researcher, Dr. Ronni Brown is among a growing network of dentists nationwide who have been recognized as a “champion of evidence-based dentistry” by the American Dental Association.

In this interactive session, learn how to be a critical consumer of scientific information and obtain the most reliable data that will assist you in making treatment decisions and improve clinical outcomes for your patients. Challenge yourself to change the way you practice dentistry from “what I learned in dental school” to “what I learned from reliable scientific sources.” Long-standing opinions regarding implant placement, third molar extractions, dental crowding, and prophylactic antibiotics will be weighed against the scientific evidence on these topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to navigate on-line databases, such as PubMed and Cochrane Library, to access high-quality scientific evidence
  • Identify junk science and other low quality sources of information
  • Explore how to apply scientific data to your daily clinical decisions
  • Understand how to communicate scientific evidence to patients to assist them in making treatment decisions
  • Discover how the dental team can become “dental encyclopedias”

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Hygienists and Team MembersStudents

Addiction and Dentistry
Dr. Brown is a dynamic, engaging, and influential presenter who captivates audiences with her experiences treating “meth mouth” patients at the Sonoma County Detention Facility. As a clinician, educator, and researcher, she brings a unique perspective to the topics of addiction and dentistry and helps audiences understand the impact of substance abuse on oral health and treatment outcomes. Her research on the effects of drug-use patterns on the severity of “meth mouth” has garnered national interest, was published in the Journal of the California Dental Association, and has positioned her as a leading national expert on “meth mouth.”

Evidence-Based Dentistry
Dr. Brown is among a growing network of dentists nationwide who have been recognized as a “champion of evidence-based dentistry” by the American Dental Association. As a public health dentist and researcher, Dr. Brown promotes the application of scientific evidence to guide treatment decisions, enhance patient education, and improve clinical outcomes. She has provided more than a dozen expert opinions for the Dental Board of California (written reports) and has been an expert witness in administrative hearings for the Dental Board, rendering an opinion regarding standard of care based upon scientific evidence.

  • Academy of Cosmetic and Adhesive Dentistry
  • Alameda County Dental Society
  • Alameda Dental Group
  • AmeriCorps Training Day
  • Angel City Dental Society
  • Berkeley Dental Society
  • California Dental Association CDA Presents
  • California Indian Health Service Dental Education (multiple)
  • Contra Costa Dental Society
  • Fresno Madera Dental Society
  • Greater Bay Area Dental Society
  • Humboldt Del Norte Dental Society (multiple)
  • Marin County Dental Society
  • Monterey Bay Dental Society
  • National Dental Association Centennial Convention
  • Northern California Dental Society
  • San Gabriel Valley Dental Society
  • Southern Alameda Dental Society
  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (multiple)
  • University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry (multiple)
Why choose Dr. Brown?
  • Dr. Brown’s is a leading national expert on “meth mouth.”
  • She helps audiences understand the impact of substance abuse on oral health and treatment outcomes.
  • Her research has garnered national interest and was published in the Journal of the California Dental Association.
  • Dr. Brown is recognized as a “champion of evidence-based dentistry” by the American Dental Association.
  • She provides expert opinions (written) and testimony for the Dental Board of California.

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