“The Perio Link : periodontal and cardiovascular diseases”
3.november 15:30

Welcome to the 8th Sunstar Conversations Pro webinar, dedicated to the link between periodontal and cardiovascular diseases!

After the monthly conversations on the theme of oral health challenges through different life stages from the pregnant woman to the aging patient, a series of 2 special webinars will take place in November to tackle the interrelationships between oral health and general health, in conjunction with the Sunstar World Perio Research award.

Periodontal diseases have an impact on general health and vice-versa. A poor oral health is associated with diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and more.

The Sunstar World Perio Research Award, established since 2003, aims to promote further research in the oral-systemic link to raise awareness around the world. Three winning papers are selected by a committee, formed by the representatives of leading international dental journals (Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Journal of Periodontal Research, Journal of Dental Research).

Join our 1st special session to celebrate the 2021 winners on November 3rd 2:30pm CET with Prof. James Beck and Prof. Richard Singer about periodontal and cardiovascular diseases, moderated by Prof. Kenneth Kornman.

This is an online event. After the registration, the link to the live stream will appear on the right side.


On the day of the event, we advise you to join the stream on our YouTube channel via the button “watch on YouTube” in the left down corner of the video, to be able to interact with speakers.

After the live stream, this webinar will be available on Sunstar Global YouTube channel.

Who are the speakers?


Prof. James Beck, MS, PhD:

Dr. Beck is a W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry and holds a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been actively engaged in research for the past forty years. This research activity has resulted in more than 300 journal articles and book chapters, the majority being related to the epidemiology of periodontal diseases and dental caries. Current research activities focus on the relationships between oral and systemic diseases (periodontal medicine). Dr. Beck has extensive experience with research training grants having been the PI on an Oral Epidemiology PhD training grant for 15 years, a Co-PI on an Oral and systemic disease clinical training grant for 5 years, PI on a training grant in clinical research, and most recently, was the PI on a training grant that included program in basic science, epidemiology, clinical research, and health policy. While at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Beck also has established a Special Care program that treats geriatric and special care patients, an MS program in Geriatric Dentistry, and a Ph.D. program in Oral Epidemiology.

Dr. Beck has served as Associate Dean for Research and Executive Associate Dean at UNC, is past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, as well as the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Group and the Geriatric Oral Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research. He also has received a Distinguished Scientist award by both the International and American Associations for Dental Research. He has been a member of several NIDCR Special Study Sections, a regular member of the Oral Biology and Medicine Study Section, and numerous advisory groups, including the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control.

Prof. Richard Singer, DMD, MS, PhD:

Dr. Singer attended UCLA where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Biology. He obtained his DMD degree at Washington University, St. Louis, and his MS degree from St. Louis University, while completing his residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. After a successful clinical career in private practice in Ohio and Jerusalem, Israel, Dr. Singer joined the Department of Orthodontics at Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine where he served as Postgraduate Program Director and as Department Chairman, and recently joined the Department of Oral Science and Translational Research. He completed his PhD in Epidemiology (2018) at the University of Miami (UM), Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences. During his doctoral studies at UM, Dr. Singer’s research interests in population oral health led to his appointment as the Oral Health Sub-committee representative from the Miami Field Center to the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Much of Dr. Singer’s current research continues with the HCHS/SOL.

His research Interests are Oral Health Epidemiology / Health Behaviors, Oral Health / Systemic Health associations (Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Kidney disease, Metabolic Syndrome), Occupational Exposures and disease outcomes, Physical Activity – Obesity, Cognition and Biostatistics.



After the success of SUNSTAR CONVERSATIONS: healthy thinking series in 2020, SUNSTAR aimed to continue focusing on online education and expert knowledge sharing in 2021. That is how the concept of the SUNSTAR CONVERSATIONS PRO webinars was born. Led by experts and dedicated to health professionals. In line with company’s holistic philosophy, SUNSTAR decided to focus this series on the different mouth caring requirements over the lifespan and the conditions that may occur. 

Each webinar is dedicated to one specific life stage, from mother’s pregnancy to childhood, adulthood and finally the aging period, and will involve two health experts who will share their experience and discuss their insights on the specific topic.  

This series will take place once every month until October and will end with a special session about oral care tips for care givers. The month of November will be dedicated to a series about the relationships between oral health and systemic health.   



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