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

Ritz Carlton Chicago
160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place
Chicago, IL 60611

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

Nathan Bryan, PhDDr. Bryan is the founder and CEO of Nitric Oxide Innovations, LLC, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is actively engaged in the discovery and development of nitric oxide-based therapies. He is an international leader in molecular medicine and nitric oxide biochemistry.

Mark Cannon, DDS, MS

Mark Cannon, DDS, MSDr. Cannon is a professor of otolaryngology, division of dentistry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and the research coordinator of the residency program at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Marianna Evans, DMD

Marianna Evans, DDS, MSDr. Evans is the founder of Infinity Dental Specialists, an interdisciplinary practice focusing on orofacial development, periodontal and airway health. Dr. Evans divides her time between her busy practice, teaching and conducting research on the relationship between oral and systemic health.

Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Lora HooperLora is the vice president and clinical director for Integrative Dental Medicine Scholar Society (IDMSS). As a speaker and workshop coach, she helps dental professionals gain the knowledge and skills to address patients’ oral-systemic health.

Brett Kessler, DDS

Brett Kessler, DDSDr. Kessler is the president-elect of the ADA. He is the former president of the Colorado Dental Association and the founding chair of the Colorado Dental Association Foundation.

Robert Lustig, MD

Robert Lustig, MDDr. Lustig is one of the leaders of the current anti-sugar movement that is changing the food industry. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance, The Hacking of the American Mind and Metabolical.


Jim Metz, DDS, FACD, ABDSMDr. Metz maintains a restorative dental practice emphasizing dental sleep medicine and reconstructive dentistry. He is member of the ADA's Scientific Investigation Committee Workgroup, which is defining the role of the oral appliance for the control of obstructive sleep apnea.

Tracey Nguyen, DDS

Tracey Nguyen, DDSDr. Nguyen is in private practice in northern Virginia and the co-founder of Airway, Sleep and Pediatric Pathway (ASAP), an online mini residency for pediatric dental sleep medicine.

Alan Reisinger, MD

Alan Reisinger, MDDr. Reisinger is the chairperson of the medical advisory board and the associate medical director for MDVIP. He is a passionate advocate for aggressive cardiovascular prevention in the network.

George Shepley, DDS

George Shepley, DDSDr. Shepley is past president of the ADA. A general dentist in Baltimore, he has participated in Maryland Missions of Mercy and in the Donated Dental Service Program.

Steve Thorne, BA, MHA

Steve Thorne, BA, MHASteve is the founder of Pacific Dental Services®.

DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD

DeWitt Wilkerson, DMDDr. Wilkerson lectures worldwide on restorative dentistry, dental occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, airway/dental sleep medicine and integrative dental medicine. He serves as a senior faculty/lecturer and director of dental medicine with the Dawson Academy.

Course Pricing

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


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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).