AAOSH 2019 Scientific Session "Practicing Complete Health: Turning Science into Action”

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

Earn up to 22 CE credits!

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Collaborative Parallel meetings with AAPMD and ACAM

AAPMD & ACAM along with other related organizations, are having collaborative parallel meetings with us in Nashville and attendees will have the ability to move in and out of each other’s meetings during the entire event. Please be aware though, as of right now, if you’re attending an event with ACAM or AAPMD, dental CE and medical CME may not be offered. All AAOSH courses will be providing CE. We will continue to post updates as they occur.

Register for the Event

Main Registration - Includes both session and workshop registration.

Workshop Registration - ONLY for attendees who pre-registered (prior to March 1, 2019).

“My goal is for you to leave that meeting knowing Monday morning exactly how to go home and integrate diabetes detection in the dental office. Helping you and your team take your patients one step further towards optimal health.”

-Susan Maples DDS

Speakers and Topics

Lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday.

More details are coming soon. All details subject to change.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

Evening reception - included in registration

8:30-11:00am | Probiotics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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

8:30-11:00am | The New Face of Oral Wellness

AAOSH Hot Topics Speaker

Presented by: Glenn Lee Ostler Jr. DDS and Robert H. Maccario, MBA

Sponsored by: ARKRAY

Course Description

Oral wellness is based on highly complex relationships, environmental factors, and varies significantly between individuals. Healthcare providers can now utilize saliva screening as a non-invasive indicator of oral wellness.

To facilitate early treatment intervention, avoid potential periodontal complications and their impact on a patient’s overall health, optimal saliva screening systems should:

  •    Measure multiple factors to aid in determining oral wellness.
  •    Be relatively simple to operate and require no significant training.
  •    Be affordable for both the patient and practice.

Utilizing saliva screening, your oral wellness risk assessment protocol can now utilize dual wavelength reflectometry, a well-accepted measurement tool. This simple 3 step, state-of-the-art technology includes screening for seven key analytics in a patient’s saliva:

  •    Dental Caries: cariogenic bacteria, acidity and buffer capacity,
  •    Periodontal disease: blood, leukocyte, and protein,
  •    Oral cleanliness: ammonia.

As wellness and “Self-Care” continue to become a driving force in your patient’s lifestyle, leading practices are quickly responding to this market demand. The measurement of 7 biomarkers can be delivered with 1 simple saliva screening that gives you and your patient chairside results in just 5 minutes. Successful practice’s now and in the future understand a Point-of-Care “same day care” treatment strategy is critical to optimum care and patient loyalty.

Learning Objectives

  1. The 7 key elements in saliva, why they matter and what they mean to your patient’s oral health.
  2. How chairside screening the complex mixture of saliva is one critical point in understanding your patient’s oral health.
  3. What the new health care consumer wants, and why “Point -of-Care” chairside screening is critical to your practice’s future

8:30-11:00am | Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office

AAOSH Hot Topics Speaker

AAOSH Workshop Speaker - Davis

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.


Dr. 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 SelfScreen.net. Susan currently serves on the Governing Board of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH).

Cole 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.

8:30am-4:30pm | The BaleDoneen Method: A day of CV Prevention!

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

1:30-4:30pm | Polyols in Preventive Dentistry

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

1:30-4:30pm | Returning the Mouth to the Body, An Integrative Physician's Guide to Enhancing Your Holistic Dental Practice

AAOSH Workshop Speaker - 2019 Scientific Session

Presented by Adam C. Miller, DDS, MD

Course Description

In this presentation Dr. Miller will explain why he believes this is the "Era of the Susceptible Host" and the "Era of Disjointed Care."  He will then discuss ways in which the modern dentist can bridge the gaps between the traditional medicine, new medicine and the dental community.  Participants will be introduced to the Susceptible Host Index as a way of classifying immune integrity.  Participants will also be introduced to research on and implementation of novel botanical systems of anti-microbial and immune modulating therapy that they can offer their patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the correlation between oral pathology and the core health concerns
  2. Discuss "chair side" and take home assessments for the modern integrative dentist including Oral Microbiome testing
  3. Review the Susceptible Host Index checklist that can be used with patients
  4. Learn to implement the use of botanicals as antimicrobial and immune modulation therapies
  5. The role of compounding pharmacies and key supplements in dental practice


Dr. Miller is a board-certified Maxillofacial Surgeon and Integrative Medicine Physician with expertise in stem cell therapy, anti-aging medicine, skin cancer, dermatology, sleep apnea, dental reconstruction, facial cosmetic surgery, and facial trauma surgery.

He has worked in performance medicine since 2005 - first as an oral and facial cosmetic surgeon and more recently as the Medical Director of ARISE MD, a private integrative medicine company.  From 2008 to 2014 Dr. Miller founded and directed an integrative anti-aging center in Malaysia and has lectured to colleagues and the general public internationally. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Oral Implantology, and is a Medical Advisor to the US Olympic training Center. Dr. Miller is passionate about “Returning the Mouth to the Body” and educating health care practitioners about the connection between oral and systemic health.

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)

7:45am | Welcome/Announcements

8:15-10:15am | General Session Speakers

10:15-10:45am | Coffee and Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, and ACAM

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

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

1:15-3:20pm | General Session Speakers

3:30-3:45pm | Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, and ACAM

3:50-5:00pm | General Session Speakers

8:15-10:15am | Clinician Confidential: How industry hacked the health professions - Robert Lustig, MD

Presented by: Robert Lustig MD

10:50am-12:00pm | Confessions of a Skeptic - Michael Glick, MD

AAOSH Speaker - Michael Glick

Presented by: Michael Glick, MD

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 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.

1:15-2:15pm | Doug Thompson, DDS

Doug Thompson, DDS, AAOSH Board Member

Presented by: Doug Thompson, DDS


2:20-3:20pm | Building a Health-Centered Team - Kevin Kwiecien, DMD

AAOSH 2019 Scientific Session Speakers

Presented by: Kevin Kwiecien, DMD

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


Dr. 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.

3:50-5:00pm | Dental Caries: A Simplified System for a Complex Disease - V. Kim Kutsch, DMD

AAOSH Speaker 2019 - Cariology

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.


Dr. 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)

8:00-10:15am | General Session Speakers

10:15-10:45am | Coffee and Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, and ACAM

11:00am-12:15pm | General Session Speakers

12:30-1:45pm | Lunch provided by AAOSH, AAPMD, and ACAM in Exhibit Hall

1:45-3:30pm | General Session Speakers

3:30-4:15pm | Exhibitor Break in Exhibit Hall with AAOSH, AAPMD, and ACAM

4:15-5:00pm | General Session Speakers

8:00-9:10am | Great Guts - Live Life Well - Uche Odiatu, DMD

Presented by:  Uche Odiatu, DMD

Details coming soon!

9:15-10:15am | The Art and Science of Designing a Future of Choice For The Successful Oral Systemic Practice of the 21st Century - Bob Frazer, Jr., DDS, FACD, FICD

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


Dr. 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.

11:00am-12:15pm | The Dental Diet - Stephen Lin, DDS

Presented by: Stephen Lin, DDS

Details coming soon!

1:45-2:30pm | Airway & The Role of Orthodontics in Complete Health - William Hang, DDS

Presented by: William Hang, DDS

Details coming soon!

2:30-3:30pm | How to take what you KNOW into what you DO - Mary Osborn

Mary Osborne - AAOSH 2019 Speaker

Presented by: Mary Osborn

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 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.

For more information please visit our website: www.maryosborne.com

4:15-5:00pm | The Integration checklist- Does your office have one? - DeWitt Wilkerson, DDS

Presented by: DeWitt Wilkerson, DDS

Details coming soon!

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Group Rates Available!

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Bring-a-Physician Program

If you are a dentist who would like to bring a medical physician colleague (MD, DO, ND, DC, or NP) to our Scientific Session, they will receive a huge discount to attend. Call us at (779) 233-7550 for our bring-a-physician deals.


Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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). Please be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible, as hotel rooms often sell out for these events.

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The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health is an organization of healthcare professionals bringing the world of medicine and dentistry together by uniting us in one common goal—whole health medicine. Our goal is to attract the most forward-thinking hygienists, dentists, physicians, nurses, researchers, and companies who are looking to the future for answers to long-standing health issues and bring these professionals to our community in shared events. Our mission is for all healthcare professionals to collectively share in the treatment of patients through improved interdisciplinary communication and referral relationships.