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Annual Membership Appreciation Meeting: 
Common and Uncommon Infections Affecting the Oral Cavity

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Dr. Nita Chainani-Wu, DMD, PhD, MPH

Date and Time:

Saturday, November 4, 2023
9:00am - 12:00pm

Registration 8:30am
Continental breakfast provided

Member Appreciation meeting

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Hilton Garden Inn
2000 Bridgepointe Circle
San Mateo, CA 94404

CE Credit:

3 CE Credits


AGD Code: 730


AGD Members: $25

Non-AGD Members: $79

Staff: $49

AGD Student Members: $0

*The NorCalAGD will double check if you are a paid AGD member or AGD Student member


Course Overview:

Microorganisms such as bacterial, viral and fungal organisms cause primary and opportunistic infections which can affect the oral cavity. The most common conditions caused by microorganisms in the oral cavity are dental caries, gingivitis and periodontitis. However, numerous other conditions with infectious etiology can involve the tissues of the oro-facial region. Viruses such as Herpes simplex virus, Human papilloma virus, Coxsackie virus, Epstein-Barr virus; bacterial and fungal organisms such as those present in the oral flora as well as acquired pathogenic bacteria and fungi can result in infections with oral presentations. Patients with these infections often consult dental care professionals.

Learning Objectives:

This lecture will provide an overview of the approach to evaluation of oral abnormalities caused by microorganisms and discuss management approaches. This will be done using examples of actual clinical cases referred from outpatient medical or dental offices.

About the Speaker:

Nita Chainani-Wu received her DMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She then completed her specialty training in Oral Medicine (2000) and a Master's in Science in Oral Biology (2001) from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She received a Master’s in Public Health in 1999 and a PhD in Epidemiology in 2005 from the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine.

Dr Chainani-Wu has been in private practice (limited to oral medicine) in Sunnyvale and then Mountain View since 2000. She was on the dental school faculty at the University of California, San Francisco from 2001 to 2014. She was a project director and senior research scientist at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Sausalito, California in 2008-09 where she was involved in epidemiologic research on lifestyle factors and chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and prostate cancer. She has presented at national and international conferences and published on risk factors, diagnosis and management of soft tissue infections, growths and disorders involving the lip and oral mucosa. These may present as red, white or pigmented changes, soft tissue growths, ulcerations, unexplained pain or discomfort and include lichen planus, leukoplakia, oral cancer, erythema multiforme, pemphigus vulgaris, mucous membrane pemphigoid, burning mouth syndrome, xerostomia, neuropathic pain, orofacial granulomatosis, epidermolysis bullosa, oral candidiasis, herpes virus infections and others. Dr. Chainani-Wu has had extensive clinical experience in managing patients with these conditions over the last 23 years. In addition, she has extensive experience using a CO2 laser for oral surgical procedures where indicated, including for management of oral premalignant lesions such as oral leukoplakia, having performed hundreds of such procedures in patients with oral premalignant lesions. This approach has significant advantages over scalpel procedures including precision, decreased bleeding, and decreased scarring/gingival recession.

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NorCalAGD Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Registrations are subject to a $25 non-refundable processing fee. Cancellations made by email seven days prior to the course date will receive a full refund less the $25 processing fee. Cancellations made within the week prior to the course date will receive a 50% refund  less the $25 processing fee. Transfer of a registration to another name will be considered by email request through date of registration. 


The Northern California AGD is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by state of provincial boards of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from (8/1/2021) to (7/31/2025).

Provider ID# 219198

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