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Fall Scientific Symposium - 2022's Course Description and Learning Objectives

Evolutionary Oral Medicine, Presented by Mark Cannon, DDS

Course Description:
The epidemic of chronic diseases did not start overnight, but has its origin thousands of years ago. The first sign was the shift in the oral microbiome, but then the other “gateway” microbiomes would shortly follow. How did this all happen? What can we do to “save mankind”? Action is absolutely required as we have shifted the microbiome that co-speciated with homo sapiens over millions of years, and we haven’t a clue what direction we are now headed. Modern diseases that are epigenetically derived are now commonplace in children, such as, A.S.D, anxiety depression, I.B.D., obesity, diabetes, and allergies, creating a lifetime of illness. Modern medicine responded with numerous medications, all well-meaning, but all with their own specific set of side-effects. Oral health specialists should be at the fore-front of the battle to improve health. Fortunately, there is indeed hope, as new research, has determined where we once were, and where we must find our way back to. This presentation concludes with all the newest in promising modalities to restore our health.

Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will learn how and when the epidemic of “modern” disease started. 
  • The health status of our ancestors will be discussed along with data concerning their health conditions. Learn that it is not just about the pathogens, but it is also about the commensals! 
  • Discover the modern health conditions, especially the epigenetically initiated diseases that have occurred due to the microbiome shifts. This will be documented for the attendee along with a timeline of events.   
  • Learn the concepts of future treatment modalities that will restore the health of our population.

Creating Healthier Patients and Practices Using Integrative Dental Medicine Presented by DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD

Course Description:
Through AAOSH, we have learned many health-changing principles for our patients that can be incorporated into dental practices. It is also important that we grow the practice of business health as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • specific lines of patient services
  • the business implications to create healthier patients
  • creating and growing practices through integrative dental medicine.

On a Good Day We Save a Smile, on a Great Day We Save a Life! Presented by Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Course Description:
It has been well established in the research that oral health and vascular health are bi-relational. The role dental providers play in identifying and treating key periodontal pathogens and reducing the oral inflammatory burden is critical in the collaboration between medicine and dentistry. This webinar will discuss effective treatment protocols for practicing evidence-based, personalized dental care. Following these protocols, dental providers determine an objective diagnosis and the most effective treatment and long-term strategies for healing and maintenance, resulting in better patient outcomes. Join us as we walk you through a case study to demonstrate how dental providers are testing for, treating, and reducing the high-risk pathogen burden and repopulating the patients’ biofilm with good bacteria for long term optimal oral systemic health.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to determine an objective diagnosis for periodontal disease
  • How to plan personalized targeted treatment
  • What we can do to support our patients’ long term optimal oral health
  • How to collaborate with medical providers for better patient outcomes

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