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Rise of Cannabis Use: Developing Assessment Tools and Care Strategies


With the recent legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use across the United States, dental professionals are seeing a rise in patients who report cannabis use and associated oral effects. As a result, dental educators must be aware of the different types of cannabis, various methods of consumption, and health risks related to use, including the potential for addiction.

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the prevalence, adverse effects and dental care considerations associated with cannabis use. Attendees will also examine how to revise assessment forms and patient education materials and identify appropriate strategies for treatment and counseling.

: This presentation was originally featured at the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss types of cannabis, synthetic cannabinoids and cannabinoid-based drugs.
  • Describe the health risks associated with cannabis use and the potential for addiction.
  • Describe the available research on the efficacy of cannabinoid-based drugs as well as their adverse effects.
  • Identify curricular strategies, patient-use assessments, educational materials, counseling strategies and referrals for patients who report cannabis and synthetic cannabinoid use.

CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by May 14, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

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.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Joan M. Davis RDH, Ph.D.

    Joan M. Davis RDH, Ph.D., is a strong advocate for tobacco treatment in the dental setting. She serves as Counselor for the ADEA Addiction Education Section. Among her accomplishments are the creation and maintenance of the Tobacco Free: Tobacco Dependence Curriculum for Oral Health Educators website, which offers a comprehensive tobacco treatment curriculum for dental care faculty worldwide. Dr. Davis has published numerous national and international articles. As an ADEAGies Fellow, she focused on international dental education. As a Fulbright Scholar Specialist, Dr. Davis collaborated with dental educators at the Turku University of Applied Sciences in Turku, Finland, in 2012; with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary, in 2016—where she focused on harmonizing curricular competencies.

  • Victoria Patrounova, RDH, M.H.A.

    Prof. Victoria Patrounova is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She has published several articles in dental and dental hygiene journals and presents continuing education courses on nitrous oxide conscious sedation, smoking trends, tobacco cessation and cannabis use on local and national levels. Prof. Patrounova is a recipient of 2016 GHDHA Ester Wilkins award, 2017-18 Dean’s Excellence Awards and 2018 Procter & Gamble Teaching Excellence Award. She is a Past Chair of the ADEA Section on Substance Abuse, Addictions & Tobacco Dependence Education and serves as a 2018-19 President of Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Association.

  • Windy Rothmund, RDH, M.S.D.H.

    Prof. Windy Rothmund Professor in the Dental Hygiene Department at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. She is currently serving as Chair-elect for the ADEA Section on Addiction Education. With over 20 years of experience as a dental hygienist, she is passionate about addiction education, women’s health and improving access to care.

May 14, 2019
Tue 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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