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Dental Digest Podcast with Dr. Melissa Seibert

Mar 9, 2020

Earn dental continuing education when you listen to the Dental Digest Podcast! Just visit! This episode of Dental Digest features Dr. Manali Vora. Dr. Vora wrote the cover story for the May 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  In this episode Dr. Vora will discuss tobacco-use patterns and self-reported oral health outcomes. She will discuss different delivery systems available for tobacco consumption and the ramifications those systems have on the periodontium.

What you'll learn: Gain a better understanding of the different tobacco consumption behaviors. Develop an appreciation for the deleterious effects tobacco products have on the periodontium. Understand the different ways in which periodontitis presents as a result of different tobacco consumption patterns.

Dr. Vora is a dentist and an epidemiologist. She formerly served as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at University of California, San Francisco. She is now periodontics resident at the University of Connecticut.

During her time at UCSF, she has focused her research program on periodontal health outcomes and substance use. One of her projects as a post-doctoral fellow was to evaluate if non-cigarette tobacco product users are more likely to report gum disease and gum disease treatment compared to people who have never used tobacco.

She earned her DDS in Dental Surgery from Gujarat University, India in 2014. She obtained her MPH in Epidemiology at University of Washington, Seattle. 

This project’s findings were published in the Journal of American Dental Association in 2019. Her other projects are about identifying predictors of change in tobacco use behavior over time and describing how tobacco industry funding is influencing the increased acceptance of novel tobacco products.

We recommend you read Dr. Vora’s article entitled “Tobacco-use patterns and self-reported oral health outcomes: A cross-sectional assessment of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study.” This article was featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association. She also discussed her findings on the podcast.