Hosted by: 360 Dental Navigation and The DEN Study Club
Live Webinar via Zoom
AGD Subject Code: 150
- Define food insecurity.
- Identify childhood populations that are at risk for food insecurity.
- Identify mediating institutions which may assist in childhood food insecurity.
- Explain how childhood food insecurity may result in disordered eating/eating disorders.
- Identify caries/periodontal risk factors affected by food insecurity.
Children are the future, plain and simple! Society should prioritize readying the population of children and adolescents with access to nutritious nourishment. Unfortunately, not all children and adolescents have the luxury of food security.
It is crucial to offer an understanding of why nutrition is vital to the growth of these young people; physically, mentally, and emotionally. Without proper nutrition, our youth are not fueled to reaching their full potential on many levels. A variety of healthcare professionals have the capability and responsibility to enlighten children and their families on where and how they might seek nutritional assistance through mediating institutions and a variety of other resources. Implementing healthy nutritional habits for a lifetime must become habitual from the start of childhood, and the many resources available to food insecure families are a good start to obtaining more nutritious options.
By equipping children and their families appropriately, dental professionals can likewise offer nutritional counseling, which can inform parents/guardians about the nutritional outcomes, which can affect the periodontium. Without appropriate guidance, those vulnerable to food insecurity could begin a vicious cycle for their lives and their children—including the oral systemic link. Dental professionals--let’s be a part of the solution to childhood food insecurity and fight for the future of our children!
Angela graduated from Central Community College in 1996, obtained her BASDH in 2018 from the Community College of Denver, and received her MA in Organizational Leadership from Buena Vista University in 2022. Angela is the founder of 360 Dental Navigations, which utilizes her expertise and experience to create unique content for dental presentations and published articles for the dental industry. She has authored numerous articles in RDH Magazine and Today’s RDH and presented continuing education courses since 2018. In 2020, Angela was recognized as the Advocate of the Year for Omaha Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as the Nebraska Dental Hygienists’ Association.Angela is also a professional educator for WaterPik and is a consulting coach for the Dental Practice Management Agency in Denver, Colorado.Angela enjoys spending time with her grown children, Kendyl, Kamryn,and Kaelyb, as well as her dogs, Lola and Lucy! Spending time in nature, hiking, kayaking, and simply reading a book on a patio are some of her favorite pastimes. You can reach Angela @ [email protected]