Food for Thought: Diet and the Oral Microbiome


This program will cover the bi-directional relationship between diet and oral health. Emerging science has identified several key nutritional components which are essential for both oral and systemic health. This program will share the evidence-based research surrounding individualized nutritional guidance to dental patients across the entire lifespan. This course will present a comprehensive program for incorporating nutritional screening and counseling from a registered dietitian, into existing dental practices.

This webinar will be presented live on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 4 pm.

Performance Indicators

8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.5, 8.2.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain greater insight into the bi-directional interrelationship between nutritional status and oral health.
  2. Learn about the emerging body of science supporting the association of healthy eating patterns and food synergy to help prevent oral infectious diseases throughout the life cycle.
  3. Discuss the role of the registered dietitian to promote optimal oral health.


Ellen Karlin, MMSc,RDN,LDN,FADA

Ellen Karlin is a nutrition consultant with vast personal and professional knowledge in nutrition, food allergy and dental health. She was a nutrition consultant to dental healthcare professionals in Owings Mills, Maryland and a nutrition consultant at the Comprehensive Asthma and Allergy Center for over 30 years. Ellen holds a Master of Medical Science degree in nutrition education from Emory University. She became a fellow of the American Dietetic Association in 1999. Ellen is a spokesperson for the American Dairy Association North East and a nationally recognized speaker. She has delivered numerous webinars and is a nationally invited speaker at healthcare conferences. She was the co-author of “Dental and Oral Considerations in Pediatric Celiac Disease” published in J Dent Child, May 2016. Ellen has contributed to a variety of other resources, including “Trendy Diets and Oral Health” published in Access Journal, December, 2019.


No conflict of interest to disclose