Well-being begins with oral health

In this ADA symposium, learn how dentistry can change the trajectory of the nation’s health and prevent chronic disease.

Attend ADA symposium Dentistry’s Role in Complete Health

Dentistry’s Role in Complete Health: We Make People Healthy!

June 21–22, 2024
ADA HQ in Chicago
Friday 8 a.m.–5:45 p.m.; Reception 5:45–6:45 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–Noon
CE credits: 11.5

Course Description

To address the burgeoning health crisis in the U.S., Dentistry’s Role in Complete Health aims to equip dental professionals with the knowledge and skills to play a pivotal role in addressing chronic conditions such as periodontal and periapical disease, systemic inflammation, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, Alzheimer's and sleep disorders. These conditions, largely stemming from lifestyle choices, pose significant threats to both individual well-being and the national economy.

By taking a proactive and rational approach to complete patient health, dentistry can emerge as a frontline force in combating this crisis. This ADA symposium—led by a distinguished team of researchers, clinicians, authors and educators—will empower you and your team to become leaders in the next frontier of dental care, emphasizing the mouth as the gateway to overall health and positioning dental professionals as healthcare superstars.

Learning Objectives
  • Develop proficiency in employing an Integrated Dental Medicine (IDM) checklist as a systematic tool in daily clinical practice, facilitating comprehensive patient care and health assessment
  • Acquire the necessary skills to utilize high-resolution pulse oximetry (HRPO) for the evaluation of breathing-disordered sleep, enabling dental professionals to identify and address sleep-related concerns in their patients effectively
  • Gain competency in the application of salivary testing for the detection of oral pathogens, enhancing the ability to diagnose and manage oral health issues with precision and evidence-based strategies
  • Engage in collaborative round table discussions to establish protocols for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of oral-systemic concerns, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and promoting holistic health outcomes
  • Explore and understand the role of dental professionals in advocating for complete health, learning how to integrate findings and collaborate with other medical specialists to significantly impact the overall well-being of patients and contribute to the improvement of the nation's health

Recommended for dentists, staff and teams.


Nathan Bryan, PhD
Mark Cannon, DDS, MS
Marianna Evans, DDS, MS
Lora Hooper
Brett Kessler, DDS
Jim Metz
Robert Lustig, MD
Tracey Nguyen, DDS
Alan Reisinger, MD
George Shepley, DDS
Steve Thorne
DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD 

Course Pricing

Member $399
Non-member $599
Staff/Team $299

CERP Statement
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP).