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Oral-systemic, minimally invasive tracks new for annual meeting

June 21, 2018

By David Burger

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Bud Evans
Dr. Evans

Honolulu — ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting from Oct. 18-22 here will feature not just one, but two new continuing education tracks.

That’s in part because of the emphasis placed on the duo by Dr. Bud Evans, a Washington-state general dentist and chair of continuing education for the ADA Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings.

The two tracks — one on the relationship between oral and systemic health, and the other on minimally invasive dentistry — are subjects that Dr. Evans sees as emerging trends other dentists have been asking about.

“I want this to be the best meeting ever in terms of continuing education,” Dr. Evans said. “At ADA 2018, there will be so many things that you wouldn’t hear anywhere else.”

The oral-systemic track will contain guidance on how “to get medicine and dentistry on the same page,” Dr. Evans said. “It’s important to emphasize that.” Women’s health, in particular, will be a focus.

As for the minimally invasive track, Dr. Evans said there is growing awareness of the role preventive dentistry can play in a person’s oral health, rather than waiting until problems occur. “If dentists are more proactive, patients can keep the teeth longer,” he said. “It makes so much sense to me.”

Dr. Evans, who is semi-retired, is in the final year of his four-year term on the committee. His involvement in continuing education comes from his lifelong interest in staying up-to-date on the latest trends in dentistry. “I’ve been a CE junkie my whole career,” he said. “Whenever there is a event with multiple opportunities for CE, “I feel like a kid in a candy store — I want to take it all in, but I can’t.”

So when the opportunity came for him to be on the committee, “I thought it would be the perfect fit,” Dr. Evans said.

The oral-systemic track with available space as of June 19 includes:

  • Inflammation: The Oral-Systemic Connection (5107), Oct. 18, 7-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Amy Doneen, D.N.P., Bradley Bale, M.D.
  • Targeting Biofilm: The Secret to Hygiene Success (6216), Oct. 19, 2-4:30 p.m., Dr. Rand Mattson, Diane Bosgieter.
  • Periodontal Pathogens and Inflammation: Clinical Application (6109), Oct. 19, 7-10 a.m.., Dr. Doneen.
  • Martinis and Menopause: Implications for Women’s Health (7331), Oct. 20, 7-8:30 a.m., Kelli Jaecks.
  • Great Guts: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (7103), Oct. 20, 7-9 a.m., Dr. Uche Odiatu.
  • Potpourri of Pearls on Women’s Health (7113), Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dr. Barbara Steinberg.
  • A Lifetime of Health and Wellness for Women (8106), Oct. 21, 7:30-10 a.m., Dr. Steinberg.
  • Body on Fire: Inflammation’s Role in Oral-Systemic Links (8301), Oct. 21, 7:30-10 a.m., Ms. Jaecks.

Courses in the minimally invasive track with space available as of June 19 include:

  • New Advances in Caries Management: CRA, SDF and GIC (5217), Oct. 18, 7-10 a.m., Dr. Douglas Young.
  • Biomechanics and Biomimetics: The Restorative Impact Part 1 (5101), Oct. 18, 7-10 a.m., Dr. Graeme Milicich.
  • Minimally Invasive Exodontia Workshop (5205), Oct. 18, 7-10 a.m., Dr. John Alonge.
  • Biomechanics and Biomimetics: The Restorative Impact Part 2 (5109), Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dr. Milicich.
  • Minimally Invasive Exodontia Techniques Workshop (5213), Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dr. Alonge.
  • CAMBRA: A Simple Roadmap for Clinical Success (6204, 6211 and 6224), Oct. 19, 7-9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m., Dr. V. Kim Kutsch.

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