Past Monthly Meetings


The DCDS offers regular, complimentary CE programming to its members each year between September and May. Monthly meetings are usually on the second Tuesday of the month (depending on holidays and other events). In addition to learning the latest innovations and techniques in dentistry from world-renowned speakers from across the country, DCDS monthly meetings give attendees an opportunity to share ideas, information and network with one another. Nonmembers may attend DCDS monthly meetings for a small fee.

Continuing Education Disclaimer: The District of Columbia Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the CE requirements of his or her licensing or regulatory agency and to contact them with any questions regarding licensing.

​Past Monthly Meetings

The Wellness Advantage: New Strategies for You & Your Patients

Topic: The Wellness Advantage: New Strategies for You and Your Patients

Speaker: Dr. Uche Odiatu

5:45 p.m. – Business Meeting 
6:00 p.m. – Speaker 
Dinner to Follow Presentation

Download the handout for the presentation.

The Wellness Advantage: New Strategies for You & Your Patients

Want to add value to your patient experience? There is an avalanche of evidence demonstrating the connection between your patients’ oral health and modern lifestyle habits: lack of sleep, shift work, poorly managed stress, overeating, and sedentary living. A recent article in Dentistry Today reported that patients appreciate the dental health professional who sees the bigger picture and truly understands the relationship between the body, mind & mouth.

Emerging research catapults inflammation into the ring as a key player in many systemic and oral diseases. Periodontal disease is one of the major sources of chronic inflammation that adversely influences the entire body. Stop the deadly cascade with specific dental & lifestyle solutions guaranteed to change your patient’s health destiny. This fact filled & inspirational evening session is a ‘call to arms’ against inflammation – “let’s douse the flames!” 

Learning Objectives:

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the 7 key foods & lifestyle habits that contribute to inflammation and how that affects oral health.
  • Understand why certain patients do not respond well to your hygiene program, and learn an easy two-minute script to educate & motivate your patients.
  • Learn how weight gain, stress, diabetes, insulin resistance, and several other physical ailments impact your patient’s oral health and well-being.
  • Develop leadership strategies to get your entire office on board focusing on whole body health, and become a role model of optimal health for your team and your patients.
Biography:Odiatu_workout clothes
Dr Odiatu BA, DMD is a lifelong athlete, an NSCA certified trainer & best-selling wellness author of the books Fit for the LOVE of It & The Miracle of Health. This busy dentist is also a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and has inspired people with his insights, humor & energy on national TV (including Canada AM) & radio (KFAR Alaska to WGST Atlanta). He has lectured at all the major dental meetings in Canada, the USA, England, and Jamaica.