Healthcare Roundup

2015 AAOSH Scientific Session

September 18-20, 2015 | Dallas, TX

Earn up to 20 CE Credits!


For four decades, Dr. Cooper has been at the vanguard of a highly successful campaign to improve health and wellness. 45 years ago, he introduced the world to a new word and a new concept — aerobics — launching a global fitness revolution. Since publishing his international bestseller, Aerobics, in 1968, Dr. Cooper has ignited an international passion for health and wellness. He is credited with motivating more people to exercise in pursuit of good health than any other person. In 1968, only 100,000 people were jogging in America. That number is now more than 30 million strong, thanks to the work and influence of Dr. Cooper.

A native Oklahoman, Dr. Cooper has deep roots in the Southwest. After completing his medical education at the University of Oklahoma and at the Harvard School of Public Health, plus 13 years of military service, he founded the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas in 1970. Today he works alongside his son, Dr. Tyler Cooper, at the helm of Cooper Aerobics and its eight diverse entities dedicated to helping others Get Cooperized and make good health a habit.

It is our great pleasure to pay tribute to a world-class physician and scientist for his
many accomplishments and to present to you the “father of aerobics,” founder and
chairman of Cooper Aerobics, Dr. Kenneth Cooper.

Exposure to the latest information about oral disease and its systemic impact coupled with the concept of early heart disease detection and management has created opportunities to identify and stabilize any disease that contributes to total body inflammation. For dentists, this would be any patient with active periodontal disease. At the root of most periodontal infections are bacteria. After looking at the microbial profile of every periodontal infection I propose to treat, I have changed my focus from striving to provide only ideal periodontal health to understanding the potential effects this disease has on total body wellness. This presentation will outline the criteria for the development of an office
wide periodontal policy. It will outline how periodontal disease awareness sparks further medical evaluation. Emerging science in vascular disease and stroke prevention reinforces our concern. It will also create awareness about the opportunity to integrate our dental practices with medical practices, and physicians that have aligned thinking, to take an integrative oral medicine approach.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the role of salivary diagnostics in periodontal disease management.
2. Understand a basic disinfection protocol that works.
3. Understand the collaborative opportunity between dentists and physicians.

Course Description

1. List the top 10 things people can do to optimize their health.
2. Understand tests that can reveal a patient’s current health status.
3. Recognize influencers both good and bad to a patient’s health.
4. Create a mental picture of the future of preventive medicine and dentistry.
5. Q&A for last 15 minutes.

This presentation covers oral and systemic health from pre-natal to preadolescence with emphasis on prevention and the connection between oral health and systemic health.

Recent research has shown that many of today’s illnesses are from a disruption to
what was our normal biofilm (bacterial complex on our body). We have 10 times
more bacteria cells in and on us than human cells, moderating all of our body’s reactions to the environment, and determining if we are healthy or sickly. A disrupted biofilm leads to “leaky gut” and a host of associated autoimmune and immune mediated systemic illnesses. Published scientific peer reviewed research has demonstrated the cause effect relationship of the pathogenic biofilm with autistic spectrum disorder, Type II diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cardiac disease, I.B.S. and even possibly Celiac’s disease, just to name a few. The development of the pathogenic biofilm occurs very early on in life, even by poor pre-natal health practices prior to birth. But we can help create a beneficial “biofilm” with a combination of prebiotics, probiotics, and supplements. Fortunately there are also naturally occurring carbohydrates, such as xylitol and erythritol that inhibit the pathogenic bacteria restoring a balanced biofilm.

Learning Objectives

  1. The attendee will understand the relationship between the human
    microbiome and human health, especially the intimate relationship of the biofilm to autoimmune disorders.
  2. The continuum of pre-natal maternal imprinting through adulthood biofilm
    maturity and the age changes, dietary effects and environmental influences
    will be explained.
  3. Possible interventions, including prebiotic and probiotic supplementation, will be explained and the protocols presented to the participant.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify dysfunctional breathing patterns.
  2. Define breathlessness during physical activity using comfortable breath
    hold time.
  3. Implement breathing technique to dilate blood vessels and improve
    delivery of oxygen to the cells.
  4. Demonstrate breath holding exercises to lower oxygen saturation in the
    blood and simulate high altitude training.
  5. Describe the beneficial effects of breath holding for improved sports

Myofunctional therapy has been known in the research since the early 1900s. Now with current research linking treatment protocols to success as an adjunctive treatment to parafunctional habit control, early interceptive orthodontic treatment, post-orthodontic retention, obstructive sleep apnea, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction and recognition and treatment
of restricted frenums, dentists and hygienists may want to incorporate a
systematic program into their practice. This program will enable the dentist and hygienist to assess the importance of including myofunctional therapy as a vital aspect of total treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define Myofunctional Therapy and its Relationship to Prevention and
    Treatment of Periodontal Disease.
  2. Become aware of the current Evidence Based Science in Myofunctional Therapy.
  3. Recognize oral facial muscle abnormalities and habits.
  4. Understand proactive intervention for TMD, OSA and Orthodontic relapse
    modalities that a myofunctional therapist may perform.
  5. Educate the patient as to the value of early treatment and prevention.
  6. Learn how/why to incorporate myofunctional therapy into your practice

Course Description

This presentation will suggest that “moderate midfacial retrusion” is not
inevitable. With early orthodontic care to develop both the upper and lower jaws forward (the exact opposite of traditional orthodontic treatment) optimum facial balance is possible. Although the esthetic improvements are astonishing the effect of such treatment is far more than esthetic with improvements of the posterior airway space of 4-500% being possible. This
provides a stark contrast to a dramatic reduction in this measurement with
certain forms of traditional orthodontic treatment. The importance of this airway measurement on TMJ problems and sleep apnea will be discussed and the critical need for a new paradigm in orthodontic care made apparent. Quantifiable documentation of results will be used to support the ideas presented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Rest oral posture is the most important concept we never learned in dental school.
  2. Retraction of the teeth is NEVER a good idea.
  3. The traditional time for orthodontics in adolescence is usually too late to
    optimize facial balance/airway.
  4. The profession’s divisive argument about “Centric Relation” needs to be
    replaced by “Airway Centric®” thinking.
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the pathophysiology of sleep apnea.
2. Understanding the long-term complications of undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.
3. Understanding the financial ramifications of undiagnosed untreated sleep apnea.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What you don’t know you don’t know.
  2. How to get started.
  3. What are some common mistakes.
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the seven components of “Ideal Cardiovascular Health,” a new risk prevention paradigm put forth by the American Heart Association.
2. Learn about the four key health habits in this paradigm and how to achieve them.
3. Recognize the current controversies about treating three major health factors featured in this paradigm.

Mediterranean, vegetarian, Paleo, … there’s no shortage of diets trending  today. Headlines and internet hype can confuse things even more. We’re inundated with nutrition info. This presentation will help cut through the clutter and provide nutrition recommendations for health and disease management.


At the end of the presentation, you should be able to:

  1. Explain key components of a healthy eating pattern.
  2. Describe nutrition recommendations for the management of at least one
    systemic disease.
  3. State the truth behind a common nutrition myth.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the Cooper philosophy for extending the quantity and quality of your life.
  2. Understand the three main components of a balanced, efficient exercise regime.
  3. Assess when, what, where, and how long to exercise for optimal results.
  4. Create an efficient, realistic ACTION PLAN that works for you.
  5. Be challenged to find ways to become more active – every day.

“Active doctors cure, receptive doctors heal. In curing the doctor does it all. In healing the patient actively participates.”- Dr. Robert Barkley

Before his untimely death in 1977, Dr. Bob Barkley, a stalwart of the preventive dentistry movement, wrote a little know article “On Becoming a Humanistic Dentist.” In it he outlines a new vision for dentists as “a person whose purpose is to help others to get in touch with their own strengths and develop their own capabilities in order to become more effective human beings.” He notes that “most people lack specific preferred futures for their general health and dental health; they simply react to immediate problems.” This lecture will expand on the preventive dentistry concept
bringing dentistry into the arena of general health. Sleep and diurnal airway management plays a major role in healing. Dentistry is uniquely positioned to make a significant difference in our patient health far earlier than the medical practitioner. The lecture will highlight strategies for early
detection and patient centered resolution of sleep and airway issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to detect the initiator for airway derived health complications during a comprehensive dental examination.
  2. Understand pre-apnea flow limitations and the significant destruction that excessive sympathetic activation can reek.
  3. Airway treatment strategies focused on the patients’ strengths and
    desires rather than medical dogma.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The presenters will illustrate the importance of the dental professional’s role as a member of the cancer care team and how proper attention to oral health before, during, and after cancer therapy
    can positively impact systemic health and quality of life for all patients
    battling cancer.
  2. The presenters will provide specific information regarding the direct
    impact of radiation therapy on oral health for patients suffering from
    oral and head and neck cancers and outline potential strategies to protect the dentition and other oral structures during radiation therapy.
  3. The presenters will introduce new radiation therapy techniques and
    discuss how they can influence oral cavity radiation dose to minimize
    complications during and after treatment for oral and head and neck

Dental practices can, and should, help protect patients from dangerous medical conditions. Behaving more like a “Wellness Center” not only changes your relationship with your patients, but your practice can bill
for increased wellness benefits through dental insurance and medical insurance – just like oral surgeons have done for decades!

Practitioners find it rewarding both emotionally and financially to work with patients to address Periodontal Disease, Sleep Apnea, TMD and other conditions. Dental practices can add new diagnostic tools and treatments to support the general health of patients and increase profits. Learn recommended documentation techniques to support diagnostic and treatment decisions, as well as to prevent problems with medical and dental benefit plans.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand how to update the medical history intake system with
    clues to the oral systemic links
  2. Understand diagnosis codes and how to implement them on dental
    and medical claim forms.
  3. Learn how to access dental insurance wellness benefits.
  4. Learn how to develop and document an effective case.

Dr. Bale and Dr. Doneen are among the nation’s leading specialists in preventing
heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. Their work has been published in numerous
respected medical journals. Their book, Beat the Heart Attack Gene, has been a successful national seller. This course will focus on the scientific data objectively linking vascular health with oral health. The clinical application will allow for the medical and dental providers to work together to formulate an action plan back to practice. Lastly, we will discuss the financial opportunities associated with broadening your dental practice, bringing optimal health and growth to your practice and the wellness of the patient. Creating a healthy you and a healthy patient!

Learning Objectives:


  1. Appreciate what actually causes a heart attack or ischemic stroke – event reality.
  2. Recognize the plethora of health issues associated with increased CV risk.
  3. Comprehend inflammation as causal of arterial disease.
  4. Assess the level of arterial inflammation with a few simple bio-markers.
  5. Enumerate the mechanisms by which periodontal disease and endodontic
    disease can promote arterial disease.

Clinical Application – the Medical/Dental Model:

  1. Identify DNA tests which can analyze a patient for periodontal pathogens.
  2. Appreciate the role of sophisticated imaging to identify asymptomatic periapical abscesses.
  3. Identify means to communicate dental findings to the medical providers to promote a collaborate approach to wellness.
  4. Formulate plan to bring a collaborative oral/systemic message back to your practice.


  1. Analyze periodontal and endodontic diagnosis and treatment as a means to reduce medical costs and drive revenue in your dental practice.
  2. Incorporate the knowledge from this course into a dental practice focused
    on managing oral health for cardiovascular wellness.
  3. Brand your practice as a practice that promotes vascular health as well as
    dental health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover why sleep is more important than exercise and diet.
  2. Learn 20 ways to get a better night of sleep
  3. Which patients in your practice are suffocating every night as they slumber
Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the need for breathing re- ducation in sleep disordered breathing.
2. Perform exercises to decongest the nose.
3. Implement techniques to help establish nasal breathing.
4. Deliver breathing retraining guidelines to help restore physiologically normal breathing.

It is much easier to communicate whole body health principles to your patients
and integrate this new approach into your entire office when you are living the daily disciplines and enjoying TOTAL health. There is no doubt that being a top health care provider takes a lot out of you. This dentist/trainer/wellness author will share insider strategies on how to make time for exercise:

  1. The latest info on HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
  2. Stress busting strategies to lower cortisol.
  3. Learn the language of nutrition/supplementation.

Whether you are a dentist, hygienist, manager, or dental assistant, improving
your physical condition will enhance everything you do. John F Kennedy said,
“Physical fitness is the basis of all forms of excellence.”

  1. BECOME your patient’s best role model for OPTIMAL HEALTHY living.
  2. Motivate your dental team to implement “MOUTH BODY” connection protocols.
  3. CREATE a personal blueprint to stay healthy, active and keep your edge at
    any age.


At the 2015 AAOSH Scientific Session in Dallas, AAOSH has once again arranged for discounted health screenings!

Carotid IMT testing (Carotid Intima Media Testing)

Back by popular demand, Carotid IMT testing (Carotid Intima Media Testing) will be offered at this year’s AAOSH Scientific Session. The testing will be available to attendees for the discounted price of $85 – normally around $200.

CIMT is a noninvasive ultrasound test that is being recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to screen for heart disease in apparently healthy individuals over the age of 45. See this diagnostic tool in action to determine if it makes sense for your practice.

BioPhotonic Scans

In addition to CIMT, BioPhotonic scans will be available for attendees. Scans will be $5 each.

Oral DNA, CRP, and A1C diabetic testing

Dr. Chris Kammer will be offering OralDNA saliva testing – screening for pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity. He will also be offering the Heart Smart Screen A1c & C-reactive protein test. The Heart Smart Screen is used as a diabetic/systemic risk evaluation. This test, combined with an OralDNA test and CIMT ultrasound, can provide empirical data on your systemic risk and insight into how your oral flora can contribute to cardiovascular risk.  We encourage taking all three tests!

Heart Smart Screening: $51

Oral DNA: $72