Practicing Complete Health: Turning Science Into Action

2019 AAOSH Scientific Session

October 17-19, 2019 | Gaylord Opryland Resort | Nashville, TN

Earn up to 22 CE Credits!

only AAOSH courses will provide CE credits

Each year, our scientific session outperforms the year before with leading-edge researchers, dentists, nurses, physicians, nutritionists, and community leaders sharing the latest knowledge about the oral systemic link.

60+ Speakers. 3 Days. 22 CE Credits

A collaborative parallel meeting – attend 4 conferences in 1!

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

(877) 491-7397

AAOSH has arranged for a room block for attendees of the 2019 Scientific Session at a discounted rate of $211+ taxes (which includes the $20/day resort fee. Other fees do still apply)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Pre-Conference Workshops (Included in registration, unless otherwise stated)

Evening reception – included in registration

Morning (8:30 - 11:30am)

Presented by: Mark Cannon, DDS

Sponsored by: ProBiora

Course Description

Probiotics by definition are “live bacteria that confer a health benefit upon the host”. The concept of probiotic bacteria has been understood since 1907, but the practice of fermenting food and beverages is thousands of years old. Indeed, agriculture and then civilization, evolved around fermented beverages. Many thousands of scientific articles have been published confirming the benefits of probiotics. Then why aren’t probiotics universally accepted? There are more than a few reasons, some revolving around the unfortunate circumstance that many probiotics on the market are worthless, not even the correct species let alone a beneficial strain, others are cautious due to the few seemingly negative reports, and then we have those that just can’t accept the fact the bacteria are important in health, let alone control our behavior. This presentation will provide the attendee a complete over view of probiotics in health and especially in regards to oral health and the oral systemic link. Oral probiotic products from a number of reputable companies will be discussed, along with their supporting research. The attendee will be able to explain the history of probiotics, the research supporting their role in health, and implement probiotics into an office protocol.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the rationale supporting the health benefits of probiotics
  2. Understand the mechanism for boosting the immune system
  3. Recognize “research” with hidden agendas
  4. Be able to implement the probiotic protocol best suited for their practice


Mark-Cannon-BoardMark L. Cannon received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska and then attended Northwestern University for his Masters of Pediatric Dentistry. He completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital and received his Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a past president of the Illinois Society of Dentistry for Children, a Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Dentistry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and a member of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to maintaining a large private practice in the suburbs of Chicago, he is the Research Coordinator of the residency program at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Cannon has presented guest lectures at the University of Athens, Greece, Sao Paulista State University, UNESP, Aracatuba, Brazil, University of Texas- Houston, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Presented by: Erinne Kennedy DMD, MPH, MMSc

Sponsored by: ARKRAY

Course Description

Designing an office that can create and sustain oral wellness is a goal of many healthcare providers. Using innovative salivary technology, clinicians can identify markers for oral wellness through non-invasive means. Not only can these indicators screen for disease risk, patient health behaviors and therapies can be targeted and tracked to further motivate behavior change and refine treatment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 7 indicators for oral wellness present in saliva.
  2. Use chairside screening to measure oral wellness and promote healthy patient behaviors. 
  3. Critically evaluate patient cases, and design preventive treatment plans to address the patients unique risk factors


Erinne Kennedy DMD, MPH, MMSc

DrKennedy-sq-300x300Dr. Erinne Kennedy is an Ohio State University graduate and comes from Middleport, Ohio. She graduated from the Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine in 2015. Dr. Kennedy loved everything about dental school, especially being involved in organized dentistry. While in dental school she was involved with ASDA (American Student Dental Association) as a local vice president and national contributing editor. After dental school Erinne attend a one-year general practice residency at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Erinne has a passion for community health, and is a board certified in public health dentistry after completing a residency at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 2018. In May 2019, she graduated as the pioneer student at HSDM with a Master of Medical Science in dental education.  She currently practices at the Alliance Dental Center, a dental office focused on wellness, in Quincy, MA.

She is a contributing editor for Dental Economics, and on the Junior Editorial board for Dental Entrepreneur Women (DeW). Dr. Kennedy‘s professional affiliations include: The American Dental Association, The American Association of Public Health Dentistry, The Massachusetts’s Dental Association, and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Presented by: Susan Maples, DDS and Cole Davis

Sponsored by: PTS Diagnostics/Hanson Medical systems

Course Description

Evidence suggests that active periodontal disease is the first clinical manifestation of Diabetes.

Given the bi-directional relationship between periodontal disease and undetected diabetes—each making the other worse—it’s critical that we detect diabetes chairside BEFORE we render a periodontal treatment plan.

Given there are 30.2 million Americans with diabetes, 7.2 million with undiagnosed diabetes and 86 million in the pipeline with pre-diabetes, the time is right for dentistry to help.  

This workshop will give you everything you need to know for identifying high risk individuals and completing HbA1C analysis chairside, next Monday morning.

Learning Objectives

  1. Pinpoint risk factors and identify high-risk individuals who need A1C testing in your office.
  2. Build hands-on skills to complete finger-stick chairside A1C testing and responsibly share results with a co-referral team of physicians in your community.
  3. Learn best practices to manage uncontrolled hyperglycemia with periodontal therapy including salivary diagnostics, antibiotic coverage and collaboration with the patient’s medical professional(s) toward glycemic control.


Susan Maples, DDS

Susan-Maples-BoardDr. Susan Maples leads a successful, total health, insurance-independent dental practice in Holt, Michigan. She brings preventive and restorative dental expertise, a passion for mouth-body total health, a master’s degree in business/marketing, and 30+ years of experience in private practice. She is the creator and founder of Total Health Academy, a complete online solution for dental teams to integrate all aspects of Total Health Dentistry, author of BlabberMouth! 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life, developer of the Hands-On Learning Lab™ and Susan currently serves on the Governing Board of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH).

Cole Davis

cole davisCole Davis is a Corporate Accounts Director at PTS Diagnostics, a point-of-care solutions provider focused on improving patient outcomes through the management of cardiometabolic disease states.  His focus is primarily on dental health, specifically efforts to integrate the oral cavity back into the human body. PTS Diagnostics recognizes the immense impact that dentistry has on population health via early identification with point-of-care A1C testing.

Afternoon (1:30 - 4:30pm)

Presented by Mark Cannon, DDS

Sponsored by: Xlear

Course Description

Polyols are sometimes referred to as “sugar alcohols” which makes them sound like a “rum and coke”. Nothing could be more mis-leading, as these naturally produced sugars (even human cells make small amounts) help regulate the microbiome. Xylitol and erythritol have been demonstrated in many studies to benefit oral health, but research into the microbiome of hunter-gatherers proves that the polyols have many more benefits that just oral. This presentation will discuss the over-all health benefits of polyols and the many mis-conceptions commonly expressed. A review of all the polyol products, their applications, and how to successfully integrate the products into a prevention centered practice will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the history of polyols and how they first were introduced
  2. Recognize the role of polyols in gut protection and epigenetics
  3. Be able to utilize xylitol and erythritol products in dental prevention
  4. Educate patients as to good choices in dental care products for children


Mark-Cannon-BoardMark L. Cannon received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska and then attended Northwestern University for his Masters of Pediatric Dentistry. He completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital and received his Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a past president of the Illinois Society of Dentistry for Children, a Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Dentistry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and a member of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to maintaining a large private practice in the suburbs of Chicago, he is the Research Coordinator of the residency program at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Cannon has presented guest lectures at the University of Athens, Greece, Sao Paulista State University, UNESP, Aracatuba, Brazil, University of Texas- Houston, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Presented by Barbara Tritz RDH, BS, MSB

Sponsored by: Bio-Botanical

Course Description

Details coming soon.

Learning Objectives

Details coming soon.


Barbara-TritzBarbara Tritz knew from the age five she wanted to work in medicine.  She loved science and especially biology- the human body is so incredible.  In high school, she “discovered” the field of dental hygiene while working for her orthodontist.  Dental hygiene offered healthcare without all the blood and trauma of other health professions – or so she thought!  After only one year in the field, she contemplated a career change and went to grad school in Maine.  Luckily, during that time she happened into a dental office that used a phase contrast microscope in their dental hygiene department.  It was love at first sight.  She graduated and went back into clinical hygiene.  Still lots of blood, but now she could help her patients find the causes of their dental problems, and instead of a “buff and go pumice pusher”, she become a dental health coach and healer.  

Barbara’s passion for all things dental eventually spilled over to creating a blog, Queen of Dental Hygiene.Net, where you can find all manner of oral health and wellness information- from unique ways to prevent cavities and gum disease, to airway health, sleep disordered breathing, and even how to smile.  She is committed to continuing education, so you’ll probably see her zipping through airports on her way to another CE course!  She enjoys sharing her knowledge with school children, patients, as well as other health professionals.  She encourages all her clients to look beyond the toothbrush and floss lectures and find the why to their dental problems. 

Barbara Tritz RDH, BS, MSB is a registered dental hygienist with over 40 years of clinical experience.  She practices in the office of Green City Dental in Edmonds, Washington.  She is also owner of Washington Oral Wellness in Kirkland, WA and is a practicing orofacial myofunctional therapist.  She is a guest lecturer and paid dental hygiene consultant.  Barbara received her dental hygiene degree from Onondaga Community College, a Bachelor of Science in dental auxiliary teacher education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in business from Husson University in Bangor Maine.  She continued her training in myofunctional therapy from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Los Angeles.  She’s a mother of two lovely young ladies, and wife of Tom.   In her spare time, she loves reading, traveling, and talking with other dental geeks. 

All Day (8:30AM - 4:30PM)

Featuring The Renown Oral Health Expert Dr. Thomas Nabors DDS, Bradley F. Bale MD, and Amy L. Doneen DNP, ARNP

Course Description

The BaleDoneen Method® Preceptorship is generally held as two-day course  teaching health care providers necessary measures to prevent heart attacks, ischemic strokes and type 2 diabetes. This intensive two-day presentation uses an interactive format for CV prevention. Continually updated literature and sound, measurable, evidence-based science and peer-reviewed journals are utilized in this dynamic method of prevention that applies research directly to the clinical setting. You will return to your practice with clinical tools to help you implement what you’ve learned about optimal care and CVD prevention.

This mini-preceptorship workshop will give you a full day immersion in the Bale/Doneen Method & welcomes all medical providers (MD, DO, NP, PA, PharmD, etc.) as well as all dental providers who are interested in patient wellness, the prevention of heart attacks, ischemic strokes and diabetes. The BaleDoneen Method® was co-founded by Bradley Bale, MD and Amy Doneen, DNP, ARNP, for the prevention of heart attacks, ischemic strokes and diabetes. The BaleDoneen Method is designed to improve and save lives and is being integrated into practice by medical and dental providers on a global basis.

The full cost for the 2 day preceptorship is $2500, this mini 1-day workshop will be offered at $49.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The BaleDoneen Method challenges the current standard of care by proposing a disease treatment paradigm rather than a risk factor paradigm
  2. Learn the  six basic elements to the BaleDoneen Method:
  3. Learn how to prevent the three health care issues


Dr. Thomas Nabors DDS

TomNaborsDr. Nabors has lectured extensively for many years to numerous universities, state, national meetings, and groups on the subjects of the Oral / Systemic Link, Molecular Diagnostics, and the practical application of Periodontal Medicine relative to heart attack and stroke prevention.

For the past decade, he has worked with both the oral medicine and general medicine worlds in creating a working model whereby oral health professionals can be more involved with chronic diseases both in screening and managing these patients.   

Among his topics today include: Oral Pathogens, Genetics, and Inflammation: The Oral Links to Heart Attacks, Ischemic Strokes, and Diabetes and “Hard-Wired” to Live Younger Stronger and Longer.

His interest in microbiology, genetics, and molecular diagnostics spans over 37 years. His experience in the clinical application of DNA-PCR (nucleic acid) tests and the founder of the first molecular diagnostics CLIA & CAP certified clinical laboratory for oral medicine makes him uniquely qualified as an educator.

He has published a number of articles related to molecular diagnostics, its clinical application, and the use of whole saliva as a diagnostics platform.

Dr. Nabors saw the need many years ago for earlier and more accurate disease detection and management for periodontal infections and how they related to systemic inflammation and chronic disease states.

And, with the advancement of molecular diagnostics in medicine, he founded Oral DNA Labs, Inc. with the help of an experienced team in 2008. Today, however, he has no financial interest in OralDNA Labs or any other such laboratory.

Dr. Nabors has received many rewards as an innovator, educator and author. However, he considers his most treasured achievement reward as being recognized for the Dr. Lloyd Rudy, M.D. Leadership award at the AAOSH annual meeting in 2014.

Amy L. Doneen, DNP, ARNP

Amy-Doneen-BoardAmy L Doneen, DNP co-founded the Bale/Doneen Method and the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center. She is a principal instructor in the Bale/Doneen Method, training other medical, dental and healthcare providers across the country. She is the owner and medical director of the sought-after private clinical practice in Spokane, Washington; The Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center, which serves patients from all over the world.  Dr. Doneen is one of the nation’s leading specialists in preventing heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. She is co-author of the bestselling book, Beat The Heart Attack Gene.

Bradley Bale, MD

Brad-Bale-BoardBradley Bale, M.D. is an Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech Health Science Center, Medical Director of the Heart Health Program at Grace Clinic, Lubbock, Texas and runs a private practice in Gallatin, TN. Dr. Bradley Bale is one of the nation’s leading specialists in preventing heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. He co-founded the Bale/Doneen Method with Amy Doneen in 2001. Their personalized approach of CV risk reduction has been effective enough to allow them to attach a ‘guarantee’ to their clinical practices. The results of their method demonstrating regression and stabilization of arterial disease has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Friday, October 18, 2019

General Session Lunch is included with registration. All times and details subject to change until final schedule is released.


7:00-7:45am | Coffee/tea in Exhibit Hall (Breakfast on own)

7:45-8:05am | Welcome/Announcements

8:10-10:00am | General Session Speakers

10:00-10:45am | Coffee and Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, ACAM, and AAMS

10:50am-12:00pm | General Session Speakers

12:15-1:10pm | Lunch provided by AAOSH, AAPMD, ACAM, and AAMS in Exhibit Hall

1:15-3:10pm | General Session Speakers

3:15-3:40pm | Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, and ACAM

3:50-5:20pm | General Session Speakers

Evening | Enjoy Nashville with your team!

Presented by: Robert Lustig MD

Course Description

Mountain Dew Mouth has been the scourge of dentists for decades. Dental caries are the greatest single cause of craniofacial pain. But there’s a new disease which affects even more people: Mountain Dew Liver. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). wasn’t even discovered until 1980; and now up to 1/3 of Americans suffer from it. Especially children – 13% of autopsies in children show NAFLD; and 38% of obese children.

Both tooth decay and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease rates have been increasing. And excessive sugar consumption explains both.

It’s a popular misconception that glucose can cause cavities. Not true; glucose polymerizes on the teeth and forms a “biofilm” which actually protects the tooth from decay. This is why cavemen didn’t get cavities.

Glucose also doesn’t cause NAFLD. Only 20% of the glucose consumed finds its way to the liver, and the overwhelming majority of that glucose is turned into glycogen (liver starch), which is not dangerous. It’s the fructose moiety of the sugar molecule that causes both diseases.

Fructose doesn’t contribute to the mouth biofilm. It is metabolized by the mouth bacteria into lactic acid, which burns a whole right through the biofilm and through the tooth. And fructose in the liver gets turned into fat in the mitochondria, which drives NAFLD, which is the leading cause of liver transplantation now, surpassing alcohol. And yet who is most susceptible to both diseases? Children, because they are the biggest sugar consumers.

Physicians and dentists must be united in supporting public health measures to reduce chronic disease.

Learning Objectives

  1. To tie oral health and systemic health together by looking at common metabolic insults
  2. To demonstrate that sugars are not equivalent in terms of oral and systemic pathology
  3. To identify the dietary causes of fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes


Robert-LustigRobert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition.  Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), and The Hacking of the American Mind (2017). He is the Chief Science Officer of the non-profit Eat REAL, on the Advisory Board of the Center for Humane Technology, and Chief Medical Officer of BioLumen Technologies.

Presented by: Michael Glick, MD

Course Description

With a never ending onslaught of scientific information from multiple sources oral health professionals need to become more integrative and critical thinkers. Patients will also have access to up-to-date medical information and challenge their oral health care provider to use this information for their benefit. This presentation will show how published data cannot always be relied upon, and highlight how to interpret, challenge and use published information.

Learning Objectives

  1. Interpret outcomes from different research designs
  2. Understand how authors present their data
  3. Use the literature for the benefit of patients


Michael GlickMichael Glick is Professor, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Dr. Glick has authored more than 300 publications, including original research articles, editorials, and book chapters, and has written, edited and co-edited 8 text books. Dr. Glick chaired the FDI World Dental Federation’s Strategic Plan in 2012; is co-chair for FDI’s Vision 2020 Think Tank; and is the FDI World Dental Federation’s representative to the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance. Dr. Glick has received numerous awards for his writings and community engagement, and is past-President of the American Board of Oral Medicine; immediate past Dean, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo; and serves since 2005 as the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Presented by: Doug Thompson, D.D.S., FAAMM, ABAAHP

Course Description

As passionate healthcare providers we want to share our knowledge with our patients about how they can be healthier.  For dental and medical providers, we are becoming more informed about how dental conditions, or conditions in the mouth, relate to overall wellness.  In dentistry, personalized periodontal medicine is one of our main areas of expertise. Communicating the concepts around the oral health to overall health relationship can be challenging if we are unsure of our communication skills.  Even if we are communicating well, perhaps there are tips or tricks we can learn to help us communicate better. This presentation is about sharing some of the communication strategies and the words to use that can create great change for our patients and our practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Introduce communication concepts to prepare your patients to hear your message.
  2. Show examples of “how you say things” to create importance of the message.
  3. Discover how to quickly gauge interest level to discover those that may be the most interested in making health changes.
  4. Outline some simple statements related to the five key diagnostic parameters in periodontal medicine.


Doug-Thompson-BoardDr. Thompson began his dental career at age eighteen, working as an in-house laboratory technician. He graduated from University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1996 and then completed a one-year hospital-based V. A. Residency In 1997. He then bought an established private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and continues to practice there today under the practice name, Integrative Oral Medicine.

Dr. Thompson has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington, directed by Dr. John Kois. In 2015 he was offered and accepted a part time faculty position teaching about Personalized Periodontal Medicine.  In 2016, he added the Wellness Dentistry topic to his teaching role.

In addition to his dental training, Dr. Thompson completed a Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. He has published professionally, and in 2015 Dr. Thompson founded the Wellness Dentistry Network, a community of dentists with a keen awareness of how oral conditions affect whole body health.

Dr. Thompson can be reached at or

Presented by: Kevin Kwiecien, DMD

Course Description

Are you a dentist that values health? Do you want to help your patients move towards health? Do you want to have a team that values health? If you have an interest in clarifying what your vision of health looks like or how you can help your patients better understand what optimal might look like for them, this AAOSH session is for you. The critical component needed to achieve this is to create and utilize a health-centered team. This course will outline a systematic approach to help the dentist build a health-centered team, with intention, that will be inspired to help your patients move towards optimal health by creating a plan that is appropriate for each patient.  

Learning Objectives

  • How to intentionally create a co-discovery dental team for a congruent patient experience
  • Develop individualized transparent systems to support predictable clinical office flow
  • Review key clinical data that the entire team can understand to support consistent treatment planning
  • Understand how to create a message to help every patient feel safe to move towards appropriate health


Kevin-KwiecienDr. Kwiecien graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in 1995 and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration. He has more than 25 years of private practice experience with most of those years overlapping in academia.    Before joining Spear Education as a full-time faculty memeber from 2014 – 2017, Dr. Kwiecien served as assistant professor of restorative dentistry at Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry where his roles included director of the university’s faculty dental practice, director of patient admissions, and director of the urgent care clinic, as well as course director of pre-clinical fixed prosthodontics and co-course director of advanced restorative concepts for third- and fourth-year students.  

As a member of the Spear resident faculty, Dr. Kwiecien served as director of Spear Online, responsible for creating and overseeing digital clinical content. He taught several of the hands-on workshops and practiced as a member of the Spear faculty practice.   

He has over a decade of national and international lecturing and workshops, with topics ranging from dental team building to dental practice systems, comprehensive digital dentistry, dental sleep medicine, appliance therapy, systematic treatment planning, occlusion in the restorative practice, and many more.   Dr. Kwiecien’s appreciation for and dedication to high-level continuing education began with Dr. Frank Spear in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he completed the curriculum at the L.D. Pankey Institute. He belonged for several years to a Tucker Gold Study Club and has many additional accomplishments, including a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, where he also served as President of the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry.   He also maintains memberships in several organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, American Equilibration Society, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, to name a few.

Dr. Kwiecien is an adjunct faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine directing the practice management curriculum.  He also serves as faculty member at the L.D. Pankey Institute and dedicates the majority of his time as the owner of K Squared Facilitation and Dental Education, facilitating long-term health for the practice, team, and patient.

Presented by: V. Kim Kutsch, DMD

Course Description

Dental caries is a complex biofilm mediated disease, significantly influenced by pH, and results in net mineral loss from the teeth. Current research indicates there are multiple known risk factors for the disease including genetic factors. Caries management by risk assessment is considered best practice in the prevention and treatment of dental caries disease and represents a medical model approach. Unfortunately, early attempts at caries management were complicated, confusing and not easily implemented in daily practice. This program will review the most current scientific literature on caries management and present a simplified approach that is both efficient and effective in clinical practice. In summary, the program will help the participant answer the questions: How can I successfully implement caries management into my daily practice? How can we effectively help our patients manage this disease?

Learning Objectives

  1. Upon completion, participant will be able to discuss the current dental caries biofilm disease model.
  2. Upon completion, participant will be able to describe different caries management strategies including coaching language.
  3. Upon completion, participant will be able to implement a simple caries management system.


KimKutschDr. V. Kim Kutsch received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in Utah and then completed his DMD at University of Oregon School of Dentistry in 1979. He is an inventor holding seventeen patents in dentistry, product consultant, internationally recognized speaker, is past president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. He also has served on the board of directors for the World Clinical Laser Institute and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. As an author, Dr. Kutsch has published over 100 articles and abstracts on minimally invasive dentistry, caries risk assessment, digital radiography and other technologies in both dental and medical journals and contributed chapters to numerous textbooks. He coauthored Balance, a textbook on dental decay with 100,000 copies in print, and wrote the Rough World series, a young adult science fiction trilogy. He acts as a reviewer for several journals including the Journal of the American Dental Association and Compendium. Dr. Kutsch also serves as CEO of Dental Alliance Holdings LLC, manufacturer of the Carifree system, and Remin Media. As a clinician he is a Graduate, Mentor and Scientific Advisor of Dental Caries at the prestigious Kois Center. Dr. Kutsch maintains a private practice in Albany Oregon.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

General Session Lunch is included with registration. All times and details subject to change until final schedule is released.


7:00-8:00am | Coffee/tea in Exhibit Hall (Breakfast on own)

8:00-9:55am | General Session Speakers

10:00-10:40am | Coffee and Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, ACAM, and AAMS

10:45am-12:20pm | General Session Speakers

12:30-1:30pm | Lunch provided by AAOSH, AAPMD, ACAM, and AAMS in Exhibit Hall

1:35-3:10pm | General Session Speakers

3:10-3:50pm | Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, and ACAM

3:55-5:15pm | General Session Speakers

Evening | Enjoy Nashville with your team!

Presented by:  Uche Odiatu, DMD

Course Description

Do Your Patients Have the Guts to Enjoy Oral Health? Do your patients have the guts to douse the flames of inflammation? Our patient’s gut flora make very powerful anti-inflammatory agents when fed key nutrients. Learn what impacts gut integrity: antibiotics, jet lag, fast food, artificial sweeteners & what we dental pros can do! The latest science from the National Institute of Health shows the microbiome impacts overall health as much as our genes. Dental industry people are the key professionals to ensure optimum functioning of the masticatory system. Attend this insightful session & enjoy a novel path to lower patients’ inflammatory burden.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain insight into the science of the human microbiome
  2. Learn why NEW findings about your patients’ gut flora are shaking the very foundation of health care & nutrition
  3. Understand why the dental professional is perfectly positioned to help ALL people live more vibrant lives NOW
  4. Discover the foundational role of your patient’s gut integrity & inflammation


Uche Odiatu head shotDr. Uche Odiatu is the author of The Miracle of Health, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist in Toronto. This busy dad of four is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and has lectured in England, Canada, the USA, the Bahamas, Denmark, Bermuda and Norway. Twitter @FitSpeakers  Instagram @FitSpeakers

Presented by: Bob Frazer, Jr., DDS, FACD, FICD

Course Description

The practice of true fee for service, oral systemic dentistry in today’s turbulent, competitive environment has never been more challenging or more promising.  Managing today’s practice while also functioning as the chief producer is analogous to riding a bicycle on a cobblestone street. The very act requires so much energy and attention that little is left for deciding where you really want to go.

This program takes the wealth of information used by professional business strategists working with the most excellent and profitable companies in the world and adapts it to your dental practice.  Dr. Bob Frazer is recognized as the foremost authority in Applied Strategic Planning in dentistry today. For over 38 years he’s worked with numerous academies, associations, dental schools and hundreds of private practices across North America helping them to become strategic thinkers achieving higher levels of success with significance.  Applied Strategic Planning was the key to the top 2% health-centered practice he and his team built in Austin, Texas.

Learning Objectives

  1. Applied Strategic Planning (No non-sense, action oriented, results rule!)
  2. Integrating Life & Life’s Work…
  3. Lessons from Bob Barkley & early pioneers of Health-centered dentistry
  4. Harnessing The Power of Vision
  5. Mission – You must know – Why!
  6. 7 Parameters for The Thriving Oral Systemic 21st Century Practice
  7. Choose Your Patients, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market   The Strategic Business Plan
  8. Workable Goals and Objectives
  9. Creating ‘Ownership’ for a Highly Committed Steward Dental Team
  10. LOB’s – Accelerating Profitability
  11. How to Make Execution Much Easier


BobFrazerDr. Bob Frazer is an innovative thought leader in the world of dentistry. He has been a sought-after speaker, coach and consultant for dentists and their organizations for 38 years. He’s given over 1,000 presentations and workshops across North America, Europe and Asia… and is a member of the National Speakers Association.

He built a practice in the ‘70’s that offered comprehensive dental care to support total health including nutritional analysis and counseling, myofunctional therapy and biofeedback. Today he and his firm R. L Frazer & Associates, offer dentists a range of transformational services including: Applied Strategic Planning, Performance Coaching, growing Emotional Intelligence, the Transformational New Patient Experience, Hiring High and Growing Achievers, Wilderness Leadership Adventures and a National Study Club. He helps dentists realize lives of balance, fulfillment and significance while he shows them how to make comprehensive, restorative dental practices not only health-centered, highest-quality, truly remarkable and also highly profitable. He removes barriers to people’s potential providing proven models, principles and processes from which they can design and build a preferred future.

Presented by: William Hang, DDS

Course Description

The ADA mandated that dentists screen for airway and breathing problems. What do we do when we discover a patient has these problems? Are there orthodontic treatments that can improve someone’s airway? Are there orthodontic treatments that should be avoided?

Learning Objectives

  1. The unique inter-relationship between poor facial balance, lack of tongue space, and poor airways
  2. Both jaws can be developed forward to optimize the airway in young children
  3. Crowding can be resolved without extraction and with no retraction for teens and adults which preserves tongue space/airway
  4. Re-opening previous orthodontic extraction spaces often enhances the airway
  5. Orthognathic surgery which advances both jaws can produce physiologic changes which may produce astounding long term health benefits


William-HangAfter completing his orthodontic training at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hang joined the faculty there to teach orthodontics. He later established an orthodontic practice in rural Vermont.  After practicing traditional orthodontics for 7 years, he saw serious limitations in esthetics and function with the traditional approach to orthodontics.

In 1981 Dr. Hang embarked on a continuing education odyssey which has so far taken him to 50 states and over 30 foreign countries in a quest for a better way to do orthodontics.  In the process he moved to Southern California and developed a truly unique orthodontic practice with strong emphasis on facial esthetics achieved with innovative early treatment and adult treatment.  More than 20 years ago he became aware of the significant positive affect some of his treatments were having on the airway. This opened up a whole new aspect of orthodontics – maximizing the airway for ALL orthodontic patients and specifically treating patients with SDB (sleep disordered breathing) or OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).

Having been reopening previous extraction spaces since 1989, Dr Hang recognized a syndrome he named Extraction Retraction Regret Syndrome™ or E.R.R.S.™

Dr. Hang’s approach to orthodontics is a result of blending the best ideas from the best practitioners.  He has spoken on orthodontics, facial esthetics and airway locally, nationally, and internationally and appeared on the British equivalent of “Sixty Minutes”.  He was the Founding President of the North American Association of Facial Orthotropics®, is a board member of the American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, and is an advisor to the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

Presented by: Elizabeth (Betsy) Board, MD

Course Description

Nothing can be more frustrating than burnout, illness, and disability after giving so much to our professions. This presentation will teach you the science based and practical concepts of a systems biology approach that can enhance and protect our vitality as professionals but also as human beings with a desire for the fulfillment of what we want most from life.

We have seen this happen; after working passionately to achieve the highest level of care for our patients, we often neglect the simple foundations of health and longevity required to enjoy the fruits of our labors. As professionals in the healthcare industry, we are at exceptional risk, but so are all our patients who are over committed and overextended.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn to leverage the power of the six modifiable lifestyle factors.
  2. Comprehend the meaning of “diversity confers stability” and how this applies to health.
  3. Recognize the interconnectivity of all the organ systems using a functional medicine approach.
  4. Understand how a personalized and precise plan can enhance patient outcomes.


Betsy-BoardElizabeth (Betsy) Board, MD is the founder of Atlanta Functional Medicine located in Alpharetta Georgia. Originally she trained and became board certified in Anesthesiology, but also completed fellowships in Obstetric Anesthesia at Emory and Pain Medicine at Stanford University.

After leaving a faculty position at Stanford to return to Atlanta where she practiced as a Board Certified Pain Management Physician, Dr. Board developed an interest in alternative methods of bringing about pain relief without placing patients on large doses of drugs that lead to dependence or cause sedation. This led her to acupuncture and Functional Medicine. She is the second physician to become certified in Functional Medicine in Georgia. She is also certified through the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Currently, she serves The Institute for Functional Medicine as a Mentor and as a Facilitator for physicians in training. Recently, she was chosen to teach functional medicine approaches to Chronic Pain and PTSD to the physicians of the Armed Forces.

Contributing editor for two books The Alternative Source Book: Kids, 2015 and The Alternative Sourcebook: Pain Relief, 2015

Presented by: Mary Osborn

Course Description

Patients come to us in various stages of awareness regarding their current conditions. Awareness leads to ownership which leads to an interest in change. In dentistry we have been known to give people solutions to problems they do not yet own. It is rarely effective.

Instead of teaching and telling, we can learn to engage our patients  Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally. We can support them in accepting the loss of a measure of health, and partner with them in creating a future of choice. In this program participants will learn practical skills, scientifically based, that will inspire patients to move toward higher and higher levels of health.

Learning Objectives

  1. How to close the gap between what your patients think they want from you and what you know you can do for them
  2. Questions designed to help you address difficult situations with confidence and clarity
  3. How to build long term relationships to help patients make healthy choices, rather than nagging them into compliance


Mary-OsborneMary Osborne has worked in dentistry for over forty years as a clinical hygienist and patient facilitator. She brings to her work enthusiasm, intelligence, humor, and a deep commitment to personal and professional growth.

Mary is known internationally as a consultant, writer, and producer of programs for Mary H. Osborne, Resources in Seattle. She has served as visiting faculty for the Pankey Institute, spoken extensively to national and international organizations, and her writing appears in national dental publications. Her programs are designed to challenge your thinking, and provide real world, practical ideas to enhance your communication in both your personal and professional life.

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Presented by: DeWitt Wilkerson, DDS

Course Description

The Integrative Dental Medicine(IDM) Checklist

It has been proven (Atul Gawande MD, The Checklist Manifesto) that checklists are critical for improved performance and protection from serious errors, whether flying an airplane, preventing hospital infections or running a terrific Integrative Dental Medicine(IDM) practice.

As we seek to implement on Monday morning, the wonderful information we receive at our annual AAOSH meeting, it is essential that we have a systematic plan.

This session will provide an IDM Checklist to guide you in that planning.

Learning Objectives

  1. Each participant will receive an IDM Checklist
  2. Use of the Checklist will be clearly explained and understood by each participant.
  3. The Checklist will guide the simultaneous evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of inflammation/infection, airway/breathing/sleep disorders, and TMD/Occlusion.


DeWitt-Wilkerson-BoardDr. Wilkerson is the past President of the American Equilibration Society (2010-2011). He serves as the Chairman of the Dawson Foundation. He is an active member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Christian Medical/Dental Association. He is an Adjunct Professor, at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. He has formerly served as an Associate Faculty member and Special Lecturer at the L.D. Pankey Institute. Dr. Wilkerson lectures extensively at national, regional, and study group meetings across the United States and abroad.