Oral Health Providers Gain Expertise

Oral Health ECHO

Oral Health ECHO supports and educates primary oral health care providers in the delivery of quality and effective dental care for patients across Missouri by engaging in dialogue between an expert panel of professionals and dental care providers. Learning sessions will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Click below to register. Click here for the ECHO flyer.


Why An Oral Health ECHO?

A number of national studies have shown an increase in dental-related emergency department (ED) visits in recent years. In Missouri alone, there was a 350 percent increase in ED visit rates between 1994 and 2014.

The Oral Health ECHO Will Help Dental Providers:

  • Keep patient care local when appropriate
  • Share evidence-based knowledge and best system-based practices
  • Provide a safe and nurturing open forum for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences
  • Empower, support and educate rural providers, systems and care teams

Who Should Join?

  • FQHC providers
  • General dentists
  • Dental hygienists
  • Dental assistants
  • Fourth-year dental students
  • School nurses
  • Pediatricians
  • Urgent care providers

What Does Oral Health ECHO Offer?

  • No cost for participating sites or individuals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with experts and other physicians
  • Better care for patients in their home community

How Does It Work?

  • Join an online video conference once per month
  • Discuss and share:
    • Clinical case presentations
    • A brief education presentation by an expert in oral health care

Topics for Case-based Learning and Discussion:

  • Bacteria infectious endocarditis prophylaxis (BIE)
  • Determination of restorability
  • Diagnosis of pain
  • Trauma
  • Oral ulcers
  • Silver diamine fluoride
  • Implant restorations and maintenance
  • Anesthesia techniques for “Hot” teeth

Meet the Expert Team

Nathan Suter, DDS, General Dentist, COMTREA Health Center/Green Leaf Dental Care

Craig Hollander, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Pediatric Dental Graduate Program & Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine

Gerard Krueger, DDS, MS, FACP, Prosthodontist, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health – A.T. Still University

Romana Muller, MSDH, RDH, Dental Hygienist, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health – A.T. Still University

Richard Vargo, DMD, DABOMP, FAAOM, Pathologist, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health – A.T. Still University

Keerthana Satheesh, BDS, DDS, MS, Periodontist, UMKC – School of Dentistry

Dima Dandachi, MD, MPH, Infectious Disease, University of Missouri Health Care

Stephanie Crist, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, Pharmacist, Mercy St. Louis Clinics

Owen Lonergan, MPH, DMD, MD, Oral Surgeon, UMKC

Continuing Education Information

University of Missouri of Kansas City School of Dentistry 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 credits hours by boards of dentistry. The current term of approval extends May 2019 through June 2023.

The University of Missouri of Kansas City School of Dentistry is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021. Provider number 214214.

The University of Missouri of Kansas City School of Dentistry designates the completion of the Oral Health ECHO online session as 1 hour of continuing education credit, to be received via verification letter at the completion of the session.

Continuing education credits issued for participation in this CE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s). Participants should retain their CE documentation for their records.