The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health is an organization of health care leaders and health professionals dedicated to the relationship of oral health and whole body health. Its vision is to improve inter-disciplinary healthcare and collaboration, and the health of people everywhere by changing public and professional awareness of the mouth-body health links.
AAOSH provides support to health professionals and the public by providing a higher quality and standard for health care service and public awareness of the health connections linking the mouth with the body. AAOSH is passionate in its vision to educate medical and dental professionals about the mouth-body connections and to help bridge the gaps within the medical disciplines and professions using current and emerging science and modern information technology which will support the rapid and accurate exchange of available knowledge. Not only will this benefit all health professionals, but millions of people worldwide will benefit and live healthier, longer and happier lives.
Emerging science confirms that chronic low-grade infections in the mouth elevates systemic inflammation and has an impact on all body systems. The mouth is further linked with the rest of the body when considering the impact of oral airway and sleep apnea, TMD and headaches, dental caries infections, and oral cancer. The significance of these numerous mouth-body and oral-systemic connections highlight the importance of preventing and treating oral disease which has mounting and profound medical impacts on “whole body” health.
“Oral Health” must therefore have a new definition and be supported by an organization inclusive of all medical professionals and practitioners that are committed to working and learning together in a spirit of collaborative cooperation. Patients everywhere will enjoy the resulting benefits of improved oral and general health, healing, longevity and wellness.
Putting People First. The concept for AAOSH has long been in the minds of many health care providers who realize that the health of the mouth and the body are integrally linked with each other. Research has bridged the information gap and the mouth-body connection now needs a strong voice to get the world to rally around this message!
AAOSH is accelerating the wave. The organization’s first president Dr. Chris Kammer has sounded the bell to announce that “Now is the time for us to create this organization”. In 1984 Chris’ father Dr. Jack Kammer was the founding father of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is today the world's largest organization for cosmetic dental professionals with over 7000 practitioners, educators, researchers and laboratory technicians from 70 countries. Clearly, cosmetic dentistry was a powerful wave to sweep through the profession of dentistry. Oral-systemic health is the next big wave and it is beginning to build - and sweep, not only through all of dentistry, but is beginning to include the medical and allied health community with its impact!