May 2021
On demand: The oral microbiome: kickstarting the conversation
Speaker(s): Maria Papavergos
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The oral microbiome: kickstarting the conversation

This webinar with Maria Papavergos, @thelifestyledentist, aims to unravel the oral microbiome; being able to explain it to patients and improve patient understanding of its importance, how it links to the whole body, and how lifestyle and preventative habits impact their oral and overall health.

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to define the oral microbiome and explain its importance to patients
  • Understand what links the oral microbiome has to gut health and systemic health
  • Be able to better communicate to patients, relating oral health to gut health, where discussions about bacteria have been normalised to aid patient understanding
  • Appreciate the need for a new approach in practice, focusing on preventative education.

Speaker: Maria Papavergos

Maria (@thelifestyledentist) is a forward-thinking general dentist with a 360 approach to oral health, viewing the mouth as the gateway to the whole body. With over 10 years clinical experience, she is on a mission to shine a light on the importance of the oral microbiome. She hopes to empower and energise patients with the knowledge to nurture their own mouth’s microbiome and reap the rewards of overall health. A practising yoga instructor and passionate advocate of healthy living, her preventative philosophy and mindful approach to oral health encompasses how lifestyle and nutrition play a key role in achieving oral and overall health. Maria is based in rural South West Scotland, where she hosts yoga and wellbeing retreats on her family estate, championing the dental perspective.

Maria has also created a website: as a resource for patients to understand the microbiome of their mouths.


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This continuing professional development (CPD) activity full complies with the CPD requirements of the General Dental Council.

And FMC certifies this activity for one hour of enhanced CPD in the subject of The oral microbiome: kickstarting the conversation.

This CPD meets the criteria for the GDC’s development outcome D.

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