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2024 Speakers
Ms. Lora Hooper Oral Systemic Health Parrish, FL

  • Collaborative Care Coordinator for the Prevent Clinic
  • VP & Clinical Director for Integrative Dental Medicine Scholar Society
  • Speaker for MDVIP Cardio Collaboration

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
Fr6050 - Hygiene All-Day Track
Time: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
Room: Omni, Grand Ballroom A-D1
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $180.00  Other Fee: $110.00
AGD Code: 490

Dr. David Rice
Creating the Ultimate Doctor & RDH Exam
8 – 9 am 

Tired of hearing "let's wait" from patients? How about hearing "yes" and then no follow through? Overworked, overstressed and unproductive is the story we hear time and again. If you're ready for better, join us and take home THE playbook that drives patient yes.



Dr. Bethany Valachi
9 – 10 am

A staggering 80% of hygienists who retire early are forced to, due to work-related pain.  This research-based seminar bridges the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain to help you prevent injury and increase career longevity.  Discover how equipment selection, adjustment and positioning are affecting your health.



Ms. Lora Hooper
Biological Testing
10 – 11 am

Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your dental hygiene department and gain insights into achieving better patient outcomes through the power of testing. By harnessing salivary diagnostics, you'll gain the tools to unlock personalized treatment pathways and elevate the standard of care you provide.



Lunch is on your own from 11 am – 12:30 pm.

Dr. John Svirsky
Mother Said that There Would Be Days Like This
12:30-1:30 pm

This is the 2024 course that will review some interesting conditions emphasizing diseases from aphthous stomatitis to the HPV association with oropharyngeal cancer and oral cancer. Get ready to laugh, learn and make a difference in the life of your patients.  


Ms. Amanda Hill
Disinfection Dash: Mastering Operatory Turnover
1:30-2:30 pm

Welcome to Disinfection Dash, where we transform operatory clean-up into an adrenaline-pumping challenge! In this fast-paced and witty course, we'll uncover the sneaky spots commonly missed during treatment room disinfection and equip you with effective techniques to ensure every patient and clinician enjoys a safe and hygienic experience. 


Dr. Maria Geisinger 
The Myths and Mysteries of Oral Hygiene: Evidence-Based Recommendations in the Age of Dr. Google and Pinterest
2:30-3:30 pm 
From charcoal toothpaste to oil pulling to purple color-correcting toothpaste, our patients are bombarded with oral hygiene advice with dubious scientific basis. This course will examine the evidence behind oral hygiene recommendations for patients with various dental needs. 

Fr6093 - Plaque in the Mouth, Plaque in the Heart, Plaque in the Brain
Time: 2 - 5 PM
Room: Omni, International Ballroom D
Type: Lectures    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00
AGD Code: 150

Decode the relationship between the airway, pathogens and plaques, and gain a deeper understanding of how they collectively impact our health and well-being. We will explore plaque formation and its role in various health conditions from periodontal disease to Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases. You will understand how nitric oxide is related to oral and gut health and to the systemic system and will examine inflammation as both a protective response and contributor to plaque formation. Discover actionable insights into preventive strategies.


Note: This course is recommended before taking 5 Keys to Success in Implementing Oral-Systemic Principles…Starting on Monday Morning! (Course Sa6100)

Saturday Courses
Sa6100 - 5 Keys to Success in Implementing Oral-Systemic Principles…Starting On Monday Morning!
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC, A409
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00
AGD Code: 150

There are frontline researchers and clinicians who are working every day to turn around the health crisis that is destroying our nation. Our work in dentistry, a true medical specialty, should join their efforts as we have the ability not only to save teeth and smiles but also to positively impact and protect systemic health. In this course we will identify 5 keys to success in implementing oral-systemic principles that can save lives. 


Note: It is recommended to take "Plaque in the Mouth, Plaque in the Heart, Plaque in the Brain" (Course Fr6093) before taking this course.

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