AAOSH 2017 Scientific Session

@Marriott Hotel Downtown Salt Lake City
September 15-17, 2017

Integrative Dental Medicine: Reuniting The Mouth With The Body

AAOSH’s 7th Annual Scientific Session will be held September 15-17, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Each year, our scientific session outperforms the year before with leading-edge researchers, dentists, nurses, physicians, nutritionists, and community leaders sharing the latest knowledge about the oral systemic link.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 Plus, Scientific Session CE credits now can apply toward Level 1 CE for physicians and nurses.

AAOSH Scientific Session


Dental team at AAOSH's 6th Annual Scientific Session

Group Rates Available!

Bringing 5 or more people?
Email bobbie@aaosh.org for special group rates!

Lee Ostler, Amy Doneen, Bradley Bale

Bring-a-Physician Program

Bring a medical doctor (MD, DO, ND, DC, or NP), and get their registration for just $575.  Please call us at (779) 233-7550 to register.


AAOSH’s 7th Annual Scientific Session is a must-attend event for all medical and dental professionals focused on oral-systemic health. During the conference, you’ll network with professionals from around the world and learn from industry leaders on a range of topics.

Keep an eye on this page for updates on the full agenda!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Integrated Approach to Cancer Prevention & Treatment Through Immunotherapy
Mark Rosenberg, MD

Coming soon!

Nutritional Ketosis: Applications for Enhancing Metabolic Biomarkers of Health and Longevity
Dominic D'Agostino

Course Description

The presentation will focus on past and present research on nutritional ketosis, and how we can harness this physiological state to improve neurological health, biomarkers of metabolic health and stress resilience. The presentation will emphasize how nutritional ketosis alters metabolic physiology and how ketones beta hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate influence cellular bioenergetics and confer protection through specific signaling pathways associated with enhancement of endogenous antioxidant function and suppression of inflammation. 

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of the metabolic physiology associated with nutritional ketosis, including discussion of the cellular and molecular mechanism of ketones functioning as alternative energy substrates and endogenous signaling molecules.
  • Practical implementation of nutritional ketosis through manipulation of macronutrient ratios, food sources, meal timing and support supplements.
  • Discussion of the best way to assess or validate success with nutritional ketosis through blood biomarkers and strategies for optimizing a personalized approach.

Speaker Bio

Dominic D'AgostinoDr. Dominic D’Agostino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). His laboratory develops and tests nutritional strategies and metabolic-based supplements for neurological disorders, cancer and conditions associated with acute and chronic inflammation. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.

The Easiest Medical Billing Techniques for Offices
Chris Farrugia, DDS

Coming soon!

Microbiomes & Gut Health: Who & When to Refer To
Andrea Nakayama, CN

Coming soon!

Introduction to Nutrigenomics for the Integrative Oral Systemic Practitioner
Kaye Macarthur, DDS & Robert Walker, DC

Course Description

Access to our own genetic data has never been easier. With public driving the demand for integrative practitioners to be fully informed in this new exciting "genomics" and personalized healthcare era we need to know what is going on in this developing area.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how one goes about genetic testing themselves or their patients.

  • Learn about some of the Internet apps or programs now available for interpretation of raw genetic data.

  • Learn Physiology and Biochemistry in a fun and relevant way, and go over some important pathways and areas that have common SNPs (genetic differences) in them.

  • Learn nutritional support for common problems in genomic pathways and the oral systemic practice.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gasping for Life: Understanding the Airway Patency in Normal Development
Mark Cannon, DDS, MS

Course Description

“Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.”- L. Frank Baum

Breathing is essential for life, and yet somehow our understanding of its importance in the young is relegated to an afterthought. All published research reaffirms the great importance of airway patency for the normal development of the child. This basic research that prompts early intervention will be explored, along with a description of clinical techniques, including but not limited to appliance therapy, in treating oral and airway issues. Most importantly, the effect of the airway on the microbiome, neurological development, and systemic health (and their inter-relationships) will be discussed. As an interesting twist, the microbiome effect on the airway will additionally be explained, somewhat like the “circle of life” concept. Special clinical cases will be presented, especially concerning young patients with systemic disease.


Learning Objectives

  • The attendee will learn techniques and tests for diagnosing airway complications in the young patient.

  • Treatment modalities and referrals for treatment will be discussed and the rationale used for each instance. Cases will be presented to illustrate the various techniques.

  • The medical implications of not treating and what medically has created so many cases, will be reviewed along with microbiome changes.

  • The use of polyols to manage airway infections and congestion will be presented along with current research being completed at Northwestern University and Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Speaker Bio

Mark CannonDr. Mark L. Cannon is a native of the mid-west, born and raised in Nebraska. He 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.

After completing his hospital residency and obtaining his Masters in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Cannon was asked to stay as a Faculty member of Northwestern University Dental School. He has kept up his teaching as clinical Associate Professor of the Feinberg School of Medicine, and is the Research Coordinator for the Pediatric Dental Program at the Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Cannon has been very involved in research for many years, developing many new products and techniques for dentistry and obtaining patents.

He is a past president of the Illinois Society of Dentistry for Children, and a member of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to maintaining a large private practice in the suburbs of Chicago, he has lectured at many national and international meetings, often as the keynote speaker. He has presented to a large number of state and local dental societies. Dr. Cannon is a guest lecturer at Sao Paulista State University, UNESP, in Aracatuba, Brazil, and at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

He has had presentations to the following organizations; I.A.D.R./A.A.D.R., the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, Academy of Dental Materials, World Congress of Biological Materials, International Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Dental Association of Asia, Australasian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, World Congress of Preventive Dentistry, Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Mexican Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Stress Management for the patient and the Team
Rick Siegel, DDS

Coming soon!

Epigenetics, Immune Function, & Gut Health
Mark Bartlett

Coming soon!

Genetics & the Inflammatory Connection
Ronald McGlennen, MD

Course Description

There is broad support to the idea that many oral diseases are caused by the combination of bacteria (and viruses) and by the intensity of the host response (inflammation) to those pathogens.  Why do only some of the seemingly normal and mostly healthy people get periodontal disease and others do not?  By extension, what is the more basic explanation about why people with periodontal disease are also at risk for diseases of the heart, blood vessels, endocrine system and other organs.  In short, the answer is genetics.  This course will discuss the genetic basis for oral and systemic health, both at the molecular level as well as through the assessment of risk using genetic information.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Ronald McGlennenDr. McGlennen is President and Medical Director of Access Genetics and OralDNA Labs. He has published more than 70 scientific articles and book chapters and has served as the editor of five journals. He holds 9 issued and pending patents. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and also by the American Board of Medical Genetics, with a Specialty in Clinical Molecular Genetics. He is internationally recognized as an expert in Molecular Biology and Genetics. His focus in research has been on reducing the complexity of gene based testing, including DNA chip technology and simple analytic instrumentation to better serve the community laboratory. He has served on a series of governmental and regulatory committees focused on the growth of the field of molecular diagnostics

Partnership Is the New Leadership
Ty Bennett, CSP

Course Description

Over the last five years a survey of more than 5000 leaders asked one question …what do you want from your people?

The answer was consistently …commitment.

What builds commitment is the leader’s approach to building relationships, providing value, creating buy-in and communicating with influence.

Using case studies of leaders and organizations whose culture and growth is built through partnership-based leadership, Ty Bennett’s talks share proven strategies and techniques to increase the leadership and overall commitment of your people.

Learning Objectives

  • Specific ways to provide value that creates influence

  • How to Create Buy-in – “People support what they help create”

  • Keys to building relationships that last

  • Why motivation is important but it’s overrated

  • The three biggest obstacles that cause leaders to fail

Speaker Bio

Ty Bennett, Speaker at the AAOSH 2017 Scientific SessionWhen Ty was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. Since that time, he has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. As a young entrepreneur, Ty went on to found Leadership Inc. – a speaking and training company with a mission to empower individuals and organizations.

With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. The founder of Leadership Inc., who has been featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, Ty is a young fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring.

His clients include some of the most recognizable brands in the world such as: Coca-Cola, Subway, Wounded Warrior Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Remax. Ty has shared the stage with celebrities, Olympians and world-renowned thought leaders such as President Bush and President Clinton.

Ty’s best-selling books – The Power of Influence and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication – are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

June 2014, Ty Bennett received the CSP Designation. At just 32 years of age he is one of the youngest ever to receive the award in the shortest amount of time. Less than 5% of speakers earn the CSP honor.

Ty lives in Utah with his wife Sarah, daughters Andie and Lizzy and sons Tanner and Drew.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


OZONE Therapies A-Z
Bill Domb, DMD

Course Description

Through lecture and demonstrations participants will receive a comprehensive overview of the uses of ozone in its many forms in dentistry: treating, reversing and preventing caries, managing perio, desensitizing  teeth, bleaching, managing lesions, salvaging failing implants, cosmetics, etc, etc.  The presentation will also examine the current medicolegal status for dentists using ozone technologies.

Participants will receive samples of ozonated oils and be prepared to safely apply them on returning to their practices

Participants will receive adequate information to allow them to decide if they wish to pursue further learning and acquisition of ozone technologies.

The Art of Advanced Oral-Systemic Treatment Planning
Liz Lundry, RDH; Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH; Annie Harris, RDH; Cris Duval, RDH

Course Description

Oral Systemic treatment planning includes considerations beyond calculus removal and biofilm disruption for nonsurgical therapy.  Walk away from this program with a heightened awareness of how oral health influences total health and a game plan to include bioindividuality into treatment planning.  We know the host influences disease initiation and risk for future disease.  This program highlights technologies, protocols and lifestyle management instrumental in achieving perfect tissue health and promoting bone repair. Hear from clinicians that are practicing interdisciplinary healthcare and collaboration to achieve disease remission and whole body health. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience with some of the highlighted technologies including the phase contrast microscope, biophotonic scanner, diode lasers, cold lasers, subgingival air polisher and more!

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • Principles, protocols, and technologies to manage biofilm differently and enhance the science of healing
  • How and when to incorporate molecular testing, lasers, microscopes and ozone therapy to alter outcomes
  • Nutritional and lifestyle alternations that are critical to support effective healing and immune function

Speaker Bios


Liz Lundry, RDH

Liz Lundry, RDHLiz Lundry has been a practicing Dental Hygienist since 1979 when she graduated from Foothill College in Los Altos, California.  She has been an in-office trainer since 1988 and earned her Laser Certification in 2000.  As a consultant, Liz works with dental practices all over North America through the JP Institute, providing hands-on technology training including lasers and ultrasonics, integration of nutrition, customized in-office coaching and rigorous post-graduate seminars and workshops. She is a published author, and a veteran clinician. As a speaker she has presented to national study clubs and state meetings. Liz also currently works in a general dental practice that offers state of the art cosmetic and laser dentistry.


Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH

Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH

Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH is founder of Cutting Edge Concepts® She is an international speaker and practices dental hygiene in Dallas, Texas. She has served on numerous advisory boards and is considered a Key Opinion Leader to many dental corporations. Dentistry Today has recognized Karen as a “Top Clinician in Continuing Education” consecutively since 2006.  She is an accomplished author related to her passion of practicing on the cutting edge of the profession. Karen serves on the Corporate Council of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. She is a member of the American Academy of Oral & Systemic Health and has been a member of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association since graduating from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.


Cris Duval, RDH

Cris Duval, RDHPatient health advocate and wellness coach Cris Duval, RDH, has spent more than four decades chairside. Her contributions to patient-centered dental hygiene have been recognized by such honors as an Award for Significant Contribution to Science and Patient Care from the International Association of Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry; an Award of Excellence in Public Service from the Oral Cancer Foundation; and a Dental Lifesaver honor from the Oral Cancer Foundation.


A sought-after speaker, Cris has taught master classes and presented in locations from Las Vegas to Chicago to Cuba on topics including patient communication, ozone therapy, and advocating for patient health. You can find her timely, informative, multimedia presentations at Cris’s Corner on YouTube.


Northwest regional coordinator for the Oral Cancer Foundation, Cris is also a founding board member of the International Association of Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry and a Specialty Hygiene Coach and guest speaker for the Richardson Group. A recognized expert on HPV oral cancer screening and RDH career development, she’s published numerous articles in such publications as the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, RDH Magazine, AAOSH Connect: The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health Newsletter, and IneedCE.


Understanding the connection Between Oral & Systemic Inflammation & Managing Risks
Bradley Bale, MD & Amy Doneen, DNP, ARNP, PhD

Coming soon!

Xlear - What You Don't Know About Sugar

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Here you'll find answers to some of the most common questions we get. If you have questions about the 2017 AAOSH Scientific Session that are not listed here, please contact us for assistance.

Is my ticket refundable?

You may request a full refund of your ticket on or before December 31, 2016. If you cancel your ticket between January 1 and April 1, you may receive a 50% refund. Due to the hotel requirements for estimated attendance six months prior to the event, it makes it impossible for any refunds to be issued after April 1st.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes. Contact bobbie@aaosh.org for assistance.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes you are able to update your information or transfer your ticket by contacting us

How many CE credit can I get by attending this event?

20 total CE credits are available for dentists, dental hygienists, and registered dental assistants. Starting this year, CE credits earned at AAOSH Scientific Sessions can now apply to level one CE for physicians and nurses.

When & where is registration?

Further details will be posted on this event page as they become available. We will also send an email to registrants a few weeks prior to the event with more details about when and where to register.

Can my company be a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2016 AAOSH Scientific Session?

Yes! Please see our sponsorship page for more information on sponsor levels and pricing.

What are the cost of the hotel rooms?

AAOSH has arranged for a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $159. Click here for more information. Rooms tend to book up fast, so make your reservation as soon as possible. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact us here.


Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

75 S W Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(800) 228-9290

AAOSH has arranged for a discounted room rate of $159 per night. Rooms tend to book up fast, so make your reservation as soon as possible.

Last day to book: August 24, 2017

Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown - AAOSH 2017


Scientific Session attendees may also participate in discounted and free events and activities offered by AAOSH, our sponsors and suppliers.

Health Screenings

AAOSH has once again arranged for discounted health screenings at the AAOSH Scientific Session!

Carotid IMT testing (Carotid Intima Media Testing)—$85
Back by popular demand, Carotid IMT testing (Carotid Intima Media Testing) will be offered at this year’s AAOSH Scientific Session. The testing will be available to attendees for the discounted price of $85 – normally around $200.

CIMT is a noninvasive ultrasound test that is being recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to screen for heart disease in apparently healthy individuals over the age of 45. See this diagnostic tool in action to determine if it makes sense for your practice.

BioPhotonic Scans—$5
In addition to CIMT, BioPhotonic scans will be available for attendees.

Oral DNA, CRP, and A1C diabetic testing—Heart Smart Screen: $51, OralDNA $72
Dr. Chris Kammer will be offering OralDNA saliva testing – screening for pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity. He will also be offering the Heart Smart Screen A1c & C-reactive protein test. The Heart Smart Screen is used as a diabetic/systemic risk evaluation. This test, combined with an OralDNA test and CIMT ultrasound, can provide empirical data on your systemic risk and insight into how your oral flora can contribute to cardiovascular risk.  We encourage taking all three tests!

Oral Cancer Screenings—FREE
OralID will be performing free oral cancer screenings

The healthiest AAOSH member will win free admission to our 2018 Scientific Session! The winner will be announced once all test results are in.