2021 Hot Topics in Oral Systemic Health

Virtual | FREE| Saturday, January 16, 2021

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The oral systemic message needs confident, strong, healthy, warriors who are enjoying life to be the best ambassadors of the cause - to go out and make this world a better place. This is how we love the world! So if you are ready to start 2021 strong, please join us for our Hot Topics in Oral Systemic Health Virtual Event where we have collected the best minds and heroes who will supercharge your vision and purpose and not only make you even more excited about being alive, you'll be reborn with passion and excitement for what you can bring to the world around you!!

Whether you're new to oral-systemics or a long-time AAOSH member, you'll enjoy the Hot Topics in Oral Systemics seminar. This free event features high interest buzz-worthy information on the latest research, advancements, and takeaways—given in short, easy-to-digest segments.

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Could coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration, dental caries, and dental malocclusion, among many other so-called ‘Westernized diseases’ – all be induced and propagated by man-made, processed, nutrient deficient, and toxic food consumption? A plethora of evidence, including historical, clinical, epidemiologic, and experimental evidence, all supports this conclusion.

A review of medical history confirms that coronary heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), were all medical rarities in the 19th and early 20th centuries
on a world-wide basis. A review of dental history confirms that dental caries, narrowing of the dental arch, and malocclusion have all been shown to be rare in numerous populations, both in ancient
historical skull examinations as well as more recently in traditional living populations, all around the globe. But what do these seemingly disparate chronic, degenerative, non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and AMD, have in common with dental caries and malocclusion? The answer is that all such diseases are proven to be either rare or virtually absent in populations consuming their native, traditional, non-Westernized diets. On the other hand, such
Westernized chronic diseases as well as marked degrees of dental caries, abscesses, narrowing of the dental arch, and consequent malocclusion, all occur with extreme commonality in populations who
have Westernized their diets by consuming the so-called ‘displacing foods of modern commerce.’ Such ‘displacing foods,’ aptly named by Weston A. Price in 1939 and 1945, due to the fact that they supplant and replace nutrient-dense foods, consist primarily of four modernized foods including refined (added) sugars, refined cereal grains (e.g. white flours), seed (‘vegetable’) oils, and industrially
produced trans fatty acids (IPTFAs). With the exception of sugar, which has been consumed in very small quantities on a world-wide basis for centuries, ‘vegetable oils,’ refined flours, and trans fats were
all introduced into the global food supply between the years 1866 and 1911. These four foods, which were virtually non-existent on a global scale through the American Civil War ending in 1865, now occupy 63 to 75% of the American diet and may be considered ultra-processed foods, while processed
foods make up 75% of the world’s diets, currently. Such modernized, nutrient-deficient, and toxic food consumption is well recognized in thousands of published studies to correlate with increasing
obesity and chronic disease. Epidemiologic, clinical, and experimental evidence, supports the conclusion that Westernized, processed foods, are collectively pro-oxidative, pro-inflammatory, toxic
(e.g., advanced lipid oxidation end products and trans fats), and finally, nutrient-deficient, producing a pathophysiologic milieu that sets the stage for numerous chronic, degenerative and metabolic
diseases. Dentists, periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists, and other specialists of the dental profession, as well as their patients, will benefit from a deep appreciation of the strong connection
between the nutritional basis of both dental disease conditions as well as chronic, degenerative diseases, all of which are ubiquitous in modern societies.

Learning Objectives
1. Attendees will develop an appreciation for the fact that chronic, degenerative diseases,
including coronary heart disease, cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and age-related macular degeneration, among numerous other chronic, degenerative diseases, as well as dental caries and malocclusion, have all been shown to be either rare or virtually absent in populations consuming native, traditional diets.
2. Attendees will witness and develop an appreciation for evidence that chronic, degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, cancers, and obesity, as well as dental caries and malocclusion, all become common conditions among individuals and populations consuming Westernized,
processed foods, which primarily consist of added sugars, refined flours, seed (‘vegetable’) oils, and trans fats.
3. Attendees will leave this presentation prepared to answer fundamental questions relating to diet and chronic disease, including dental caries, abscesses, narrowing of the dental arch, and
malocclusion, and will immediately be able to discuss the basics of a healthy diet with family and friends, while having an appreciation for the ‘root cause’ of so many seemingly disparate diseases, all of which are now known to be driven by the common pathophysiologic sequelae of modernized food production.

Chris-KnobbeChris A. Knobbe, MD, is a physician, ophthalmologist, and Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus, formerly of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Knobbe, a Weston A. Price acolyte since 2013, is known primarily for his research, writings, and presentations connecting Westernized diets to numerous so-called ‘Westernized diseases,’ including
coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and autoimmune diseases. Within the ophthalmologic profession, Dr. Knobbe
is known primarily for his revolutionary hypothesis and supportive research regarding the potentially blinding eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease which currently affects 196
million people worldwide. Dr. Knobbe’s research has also become deeply invested in the devastating effects of seed oils (‘vegetable oils’) and their unequaled contributions to Westernized disease,
including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and other chronic diseases. Dr. Knobbe and colleagues have a published scientific paper regarding
his revolutionary hypothesis and supportive research regarding AMD, in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Knobbe is author of the book, Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration, available via online book retailers everywhere. Knobbe is a frequent speaker and lecturer, to both medical and lay audiences all across the U.S. and is now reaching international audiences both online and in conferences.

Dr. Knobbe is currently leading a team of researchers, which includes four general ophthalmologists, three retina specialists, a PhD vision scientist, and a nutrition researcher, in ongoing research regarding man-made, processed foods and the increasing prevalence of age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Knobbe has been a frequent presenter for the Ancestral Health Symposium, the Weston A. Price Foundation, and the Macular Degeneration Association, and he has presented to colleague physicians,
researchers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and vision scientists at these conferences as well as at the Christian Ophthalmology Society, ALLDocs Annual Convention, Low Carb Denver, and the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, all for CME. Dr. Knobbe has been certified by the American
Board of Ophthalmology since 1997. He has been the featured guest on numerous podcasts and articles including reviews and podcasts by Dr. Joe Mercola and Dr. Eric Berg. In the Winter of 2020, Dr. Knobbe was appointed the prestigious position of Honorary Board of Directors member for the Ocular Wellness & Nutrition Society (OWNS) where he also delivered the “keynote address” at their annual convention. Dr. Knobbe is Founder and President of the non-profit organization, Cure AMD FoundationÔ, where he can be reached via the official website, CureAMD.org. Dr. Knobbe accepts
no book royalties, compensation for his research, or compensation for his role in directing the Cure AMD Foundation.

This course will take attendees on a journey from the gut to the gums and back to the gut and beyond, all while discovering associations to common autoimmune diseases and chronic health conditions. In addition, failing and poor dentistry could initiate infection and inflammation that travel to areas of the body by directly leaking into the bloodstream, leaking into the lymph, and progressing along nerve sheaths.

Learning Objectives

1. Identifying imbalances in the oral microbiome as a much broader concern
2. Learn the science behind the oral systemic link between the gums and the gut
3. Recognize your role and the importance you play in your patients’ life


Karen ThomasKaren is the CEO and Founder of Holistic Digestive Solutions. Karen’s passion for the healthcare industry began at the age of 15 in dentistry. Over 39 years later, her passion has grown to include functional medicine to improve the overall health of her clients.

She is a Licensed Nutritionist, Nutrition Dietician, Certified Nutritionist Specialist®, and Certified Biological Dental Hygienist, Certified Integrative Nutrition® Health Coach, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P), and a motivational speaker, educator and the award-winning author of Overwhelmed & Undernourished: Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around and the 2020 Recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

Karen’s own health took a downward spiral when chronic stress led her into a 2-year, bed-ridden battle to regain her wellness. Without a proper diagnosis, she searched for the answers none of her physicians could give her. Karen was forced to figure it all out herself. Her research led her to several great resources, including the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. This taught her the health benefits of appropriate nutrition and grew her ever-expanding journey into helping others find answers to their own, similar health mysteries.

She currently works with private clients in addition to working with physicians who seek her counsel on finding the root causes of mysterious autoimmune diseases for their own patients. Karen uses functional medicine laboratory testing to accomplish this. She then designs bio-individual protocols to aid in reversing chronic health diseases.

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Mark Cannon, DDS, MS

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.

  1. Endocrine disruptors- the big hitters, what's around us, in us and on us
  2. Physiological responses- a look at the systemic effects
  3. Dentistry and it's occupational hazards
  4. How do we protect ourselves and our patients? Along with safer alternatives

Katy Cameron, RDH

Katy CameronKaty Cameron has been a Dental Hygienist for almost 15 years and a Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapist for 13 years. She studied Comprehensive Hygiene at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, an international institute dedicated to the progression of the dental profession. Katy holds an Associate Fellowship status in the use of dental lasers through the World Clinical Laser Institute and is in current pursuit of her Mastership status in laser use. As a Periodontal Therapist, she is successful in her techniques of periodontal therapy and understanding of the oral microbiome. Katy emphasizes in the integration of nutrition and has expertise in oral systemic health. She is a proud member of The American Academy for Oral and Systemic Health working towards her Fellowship membership. Katy is also a cohost with Machell Hudson to the recent podcast Reflection Health on the Dental Network Podcast channel one created by the founders of the famous A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast. Katy became a Specialty Hygiene Coach with PDA in June 2018 and especially loves speaking at the hygiene breakout during PDA events.

Until the 1980's there were no published studies focused on the theme of people forgiving those who hurt them, either in the social sciences or in the medical field. Since that time, thousands of researchers have begun to examine the effectiveness of forgiveness for those who choose to forgive. Many thousands of mental health professionals are applying Forgiveness Therapy as an empirically-verified treatment. The pioneer of this new line of research is Professor Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Educational Psychology and the founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, Inc. In this talk, he will be describing his therapeutic model of forgiveness and its effects on clients and research participants.

Learning Objectives
1. what the term forgiveness means and with what concepts is it often confused.
2. the scientific evidence showing that Forgiveness Therapy is effective in improving physical and mental health.
3. how people actually go about forgiving.

Robert D. Enright, Ph.D

  • Aristotelian Professorship in Forgiveness Science
  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Founding Board Member, International Forgiveness Institute, Inc.. Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Expanded Reason Award, Univ. of Francisco de Vitoria, Madid, Spain

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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. www.DrUche.com Twitter @FitSpeakers Instagram @FitSpeakers

We know that chronic inflammation in periodontitis can lead to tissue destruction and a myriad of complications locally, and systemically. In an era of COVID-19 – clinicians and patients are acutely aware the unique host immune response greatly affects individual outcomes and long-term effects.

There is an increasing body of data, modalities, medicaments and behavioral strategies that show us what’s possible in this area of host modulation with the goal to: resolve inflammation, prevent tissue destruction, and even regenerate tissue and bone. An introduction to the concept of host modulation and some current tools available will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify some genetic (innate) and environmental (acquired/environmental) factors that contribute to the host immunoinflammatory response.
  2. Explore some promising host modulation opportunities such as: sub-antimicrobial dose of doxycycline, specialized pro-resolution mediators (SPM’s), bisphosphonate or statin gels and supplements to curb inflammation.
  3. Discuss some lifestyle modifications that can be important modulatory and anti-inflammatory strategies like sleep hygiene, diet, airway management, stress management, etc.


Doug Thompson, DDS, FAAMM, ABAAHP

Doug Thompson, DDS, FAAMM, ABAAHP, has a private practice, Integrative Oral Medicine, in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He is also founder of Wellness Dentistry Network – an online hub of resources and an international community for dental and medical teams implementing oral systemic protocols into practice. He is a faculty member at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, a board member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, has completed a fellowship in anti-aging and regenerative medicine from The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, is a published author of a chapter in the text book: Personalized and Precision Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine, and winner of the 2020 SEEN Magazine Changemaker Award in the category of Medicine.

Contact: doug@wellnessdentistrynetwork.com

What is the reason one person ages better than another? Is it nature or nurture? Is it genes or environment? Rates of aging lie in the complex interactions between genes, social relationships, environments, and lifestyle. Each are critical and the interaction between them is what matters most. In aging, we not only want longevity we want a long health span not a long disease span. Taking health down to a cellular level to show what premature cellular aging looks like is important to be able to live healthier lives. We will deep dive into the genetic heart of the cell, into the chromosomes where you will find telomeres. Telomeres shorten with each cell division and help to determine how fast your cells age and when they die, depending on how quickly they wear down. Science has now shown us that the end of chromosomes can lengthen and do not simply carry out the commands issued by genetic code. The way we live, in effect, tell your telomeres to speed up the process of cellular aging but it can also do the opposite. One of the keys to a longer healthier life is to simply do our part to foster healthy cell renewal.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize what is a telomere, telomerase, senescent and immunosenescent cells and the indications of the aging process of DNA.
  2. Acquire a knowledge of what oxidative stress can do to telomeres and telomerase.
  3. Learn key tricks to take control over how short, long or robust your telomeres are.
  4. Understand that one of the common causes of inflamm-aging involves telomere damage.
  5. Identify the relationship between chronic stress, shortened telomeres, and prematurely aging immune cells.


AnneORice-300x300Anne has over 30 years’ experience as a dental hygienist and her love of oral systemic health prompted her in 2017 to found Oral Systemic Seminars. She passionately helps to educate the dental community but loves aiding to bridge the gap between medicine, dentistry and the general public. She loves research, writing and speaking and is focused on dementia prevention and that relationship with dentistry. Anne is a graduate of the Bale/Doneen Method, and in 2020 became a Fellow with AAOSH, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and became Certified as a Brain Longevity Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Anne is involved with the ADHA, the Texas Oral Health Coalition and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. You may reach Anne at anneorice@gmail.com or www.anneorice.com.

“A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.” Dante. We now know there are new and better ways to take care of our patients. No longer can we just focus our appointment times on scaling and polishing. Our efforts must be focused on recognizing and mitigating inflammation “FIRES” or infection in the body. This course will give you an overview of how to understand why a fire can get out of control, identify clues on the medical history, and recognize the three primary igniters of inflammation.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why fire gets out of control
  • Identify the smoke signals on the medical history
  • Recognize three igniters of a "five alarm fire". 



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Kriston Reisnour RDH,BSDH,CCSH,CSOM passionately coaches and lectures to dental teams on their collaborative role in today’s integrated healthcare system.

Comes highly recommended having been the Dental Program Director for the BaleDoneen Method, recent work at Seattle Study Club, and her extensive experience and knowledge of the comprehensive oral and systemic approach to optimal care.

She is a credentialed clinical health educator, certified specialist in orofacial myology, and an airway ambassador. MS. Reisnour is an accomplished speaker, writer, owner of “Intentional Hygiene”, “Orofacial Myology of PNW”, and a dental hygienist of over 30 years experience.

Her ability to combine scientific depth and empathy is unique. As a proficient author, she is regularly featured in peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of ADHA, WSDHA, AAOSH, DeW and can be reached at kristonRDH@comcast.net. (360) 770-1784

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In this pandemic aware time we live in, it's pretty clear that no one wants to end up on a ventilator. If a patient's lung screening shows them to have aged lungs  beyond their actual age, then it's time to wake up!  COVID -19, and the viruses that will surely follow, are potentially leading to life threatening breathing challenges. Its time to offer our patents the straight scoop about the potential time bomb ticking in their lungs right now! It could be from smoking or from breathing in pollutants, but everyone needs to know their lung age stat!  

Learning Objectives
1. Smoking Cessation and the Dental Office: Easy opportunities for improved health
2. Smokers and Lung Age Estimation: Understanding damage being done
3. Smoking Cessation Tools: Patient specific test results easily obtained


David Rowland has spent in excess of 45 years working both as a Clinician and a Product Specialist primarily in the respiratory medical field and in lung diagnostics. He began his career clinically in Respiratory Care Services at the Baptist Medical Center - Montclair in Birmingham, AL and DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL, where he served as Director of the Service. Upon leaving the clinical field, David has worked extensively with manufacturers of lung diagnostic testing equipment holding positions with Fortune 500 companies and privately held businesses. He is sought after as an expert in the respiratory industry for his clinical and business expertise. 

David received his undergraduate degree in Education from Samford University in Birmingham, AL and his continuing medical education at The University of Alabama Birmingham campus at The University of Chicago. 

He is the past Chairman of the Tri-State Respiratory Conference, past President of the Alabama Society of Respiratory Care (3 years), a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, and a life member of the Alabama Society for Respiratory Care. 


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Chris Kammer, DDS


Dr. Chris Kammer is a past president and founder of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Dr. Kammer’s work has been presented at numerous dental conferences, conventions, and seminars, and has been published in leading dental journals. He is also on the technology team for Dental Products Report. In recent years he has been a passionate educator in the media and in professional forums about the importance of the oral systemic approach.


Machell Hudson, RDH


Machell Hudson, RDH, is on faculty and consults with clients through Productive Dentist Academy. She is a full-time clinical hygienist with Dr. Bruce Baird at Granbury Dental Center, and holds advanced certification in laser therapy, arterial wellness, and oral-systemic connection through the BaleDoneen method preceptorship. She is an active member and Fellow of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) and sits on the marketing board.