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Dr. Susan Maples Total Health Dentistry Holt, MI

  • Creator, Total Health Academy
  • Author, BlabberMouth! 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You to Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life
  • President-elect , American Academy of Oral Systemic Health

Thursday Courses
Th6000 - Oral Systemic All-Day Track
Time: 8 AM - 3 PM
Room: GWCC, A302
Type: Lectures    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $240.00  Other Fee: $240.00
AGD Code: 150

Explore the intricate interplay between oral health and systemic well-being. Delve into the pivotal roles that inflammation, periodontal and endodontic disease, diabetes, nutrition, and airway health play in shaping health vitality. Discover the latest advancements in testing and treatments that bridge the gap between dentistry and medicine, enabling a comprehensive approach that enhances patient health. Learn how targeted testing and interprofessional collaboration enhance the bi-directional relationship between oral and systemic health for optimal patient outcomes. 


Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson   
Introduction to the Oral Systemic Connection
8 – 9 a.m.              

Dentistry is the study of oral health and disease. The next frontier in dentistry expands the study to how oral diseases impact the rest of the body and how issues such as diabetes and systemic inflammation impact oral health. In this session filled with new insights, we will explore what complete health issues the dental profession should address, how we get started, and how we communicate this expanded focus with our dental patients. 

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog                                                                                                      
Effects of Inflammation on the Body and your Overall Health
9 – 10 a.m.

While acute inflammation is a vital and life-saving component of our body's immune and healing response, there is a growing consensus that persistent inflammation is a common pathway for developing disorders ranging from heart disease to depression to cancer. In this highly informative session, we will explore the relationship between inflammation, disease, and oral health; and, more importantly, discuss strategies for squelching the smoldering fire within.

Dr. Ellie Campbell and Lora Hooper                                   
How to Test for Inflammatory Markers & How Physicians Use This Information to Improve Our Patients' Overall Health
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

To optimize medical/dental collaboration, doctors must know about medical testing with dental implications. This session introduces root-cause triggers of inflammation and oxidative stress, including the application of specific serum, salivary and urine tests, and analysis of medical radiology that has dental implications. Once testing abnormalities are identified, clinicians can apply a toolbox of treatments that will include lifestyle suggestions, medications, supplements and herbal/homeopathic remedies. Solutions will be provided for creating and nurturing relationships with local collaborative partners. 


Lunch will be provided from 12 – 1 p.m.                                                                                          


Dr. Susan Maples 
Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office and Collaboration with Medical Professionals 
1 – 2 p.m.
Given the bi-directional relationship between periodontal disease and undetected diabetes it’s critical that we detect diabetes chairside BEFORE we render a periodontal treatment plan. As dental professionals, this has become our responsibility, working in concert with physicians to heal patients. 


Panel Discussion with All Speakers

2 - 3 p.m.


Friday Courses
Fr7017 - Slaying Dragons: Acid Reflux, CVD & Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Room: GWCC, Sidney Marcus Auditorium
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00
AGD Code: 730

Out of the backdrop of America’s declining health emerge the fire-breathing dragons that destroy tooth and bone: Acid Reflux (Airway), Cardiovascular Disease and Insulin Resistance/Diabetes. This presentation will help you recognize the risk factors, signs/symptoms and oral ramifications of these conditions. Challenge your acceptance of conventional “treatment” methods
(i.e. medication) and be inspired to accept a more profound role in root cause analysis and facilitating health change behavior.

Saturday Courses
Sa7028 - Sleep Tight: Integrating Practices for Sleep-Disordered Breathing and OSA from Cradle to Grave
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: Omni, Grand Ballroom A-D1
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00
AGD Code: 730

Supporting healthy airways has become the dentists’ privilege and responsibility!  It's true that 26% of Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but it didn't start there. Learn the progression from healthy breathing to OSA that includes many factions of disordered breathing, allergy, microbiome insufficiency, midface underdevelopment, tethered tissues and muscle incoordination. Learn to recognize risk factors, screen, and diagnose breathing disorders from infancy to elderly.  You will also uncover new treatment strategies that you can successfully integrate into your dental practice.  


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