Ronni Brown, DDS, MPH
Meth Mouth: A State of Decay
Have you ever suspected that your patient is using meth or other illegal drugs? Did you feel comfortable discussing your suspicions with your patient? Discover why methamphetamine is the “hot” street drug and why users will give up their smile for a meth high. Learn how to become aware of methamphetamine use in your practice and how to communicate your concerns to your patients. Receive effective, safe, and realistic strategies for treating patients who have “meth mouth”. Recognize your professional responsibilities and your own personal boundaries in treating the “addicted” patient.
Evidence-Based Dentistry: A Paradigm Shift
Are you able to keep up with the amount of dental information that comes your way every day? Or, do you base clinical decisions and treatment recommendations on information learned in dental school years ago? Learn how to be a critical consumer of scientific information and obtain the most reliable data that will assist you in making treatment decisions and improve clinical outcomes for your patients. Challenge yourself to change the way you practice dentistry from “what I learned in dental school” to “what I learned from reliable scientific sources”. Long-standing opinions regarding implant placement, third molar extractions, dental crowding, and prophylactic antibiotics will be weighed against the scientific evidence on these topics.
- Meth Mouth
Dr. Brown is a dynamic, engaging, and influential presenter who captivates audiences with her experiences treating “meth mouth” patients at the Sonoma County Detention Facility. As a clinician, educator, and researcher, she brings a unique perspective to the topics of addiction and dentistry and helps audiences understand the impact of substance abuse on oral health and treatment outcomes. Her research on the effects of drug-use patterns on the severity of “meth mouth” has garnered national interest, was published in the Journal of the California Dental Association, and has positioned her as a leading national expert on “meth mouth”.
Dr. Brown is among a growing network of dentists nationwide who have been recognized as a “champion of evidence-based dentistry” by the American Dental Association. As a public health dentist and researcher, Dr. Brown promotes the application of scientific evidence to guide treatment decisions, enhance patient education, and improve clinical outcomes. She has provided more than a dozen expert opinions for the Dental Board of California (written reports) and has been an expert witness in administrative hearings for the Dental Board, rendering an opinion regarding standard of care based upon scientific evidence.
- Academy of Cosmetic and Adhesive Dentistry
- Greater Bay Area Dental Society
- National Dental Association Centennial Convention
- University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (multiple)