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Dental Hygiene Symposium 2021

By Continuing Dental Education

Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:00am to 4:00pm

155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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Personalized Periodontal Medicine: A New Approach to Total Body Health

Doug Thompson, DDS

Periodontal disease detection criteria and how we treat active disease are changing. It is becoming apparent that it is not just an oral problem; it is a systemic problem. This lecture is designed for general practitioners, hygienists and all team members serious about advancing the periodontal health of their patients, the team and their practice. 

The new personalized periodontal medicine approach features saliva (salivary diagnostics) and other individualized patient information to assist with disease diagnosis and treatment. Understanding the relationship of the oral-systemic link, complemented with the use of salivary diagnostics, can transform your routine hygiene services into value-added experiences of periodontal care and professional and financial growth for your entire office.

Featuring a series of case studies, Dr. Thompson will demonstrate that practicing this way is 21st-century periodontal care. With 12 years of testing and implementation of a personalized periodontal medicine protocol, Dr. Thompson is unique in being able to present the data, research and clinical cases demonstrating this type of evidence-based and reliable disinfection protocol. By utilizing a comprehensive approach and adding organized structure, you can radically transform your practice and benefit your patients overall health and wellness.

You Will Learn

  • To increase the periodontal awareness of everyone in the office to enhance team/patient discussion and early disease detection
  • How to develop an office-wide, high-quality periodontal policy
  • To gain awareness about how the bacterial profile may affect vascular disease concerns and heart attack risk
  • How to use various clinical adjuncts to control inflammation and the rate of clinical attachment loss
  • To discuss and explore strategies to address implementation challenges in leading a new periodontal standard of care

Your Mouth is the Gateway to Health and Wellness: Smiling from the Inside Out
Suzanne Saidi, DDS

The link between our diet and our periodontal health is an ever-changing area of research. In this course, Dr. Saidi will explore this fascinating systemic link in a few key ways, including: examining the current Standard American Diet and how this type of nutrition is impacting our patients both periodontally and holistically; discussing the links between probiotics, the microbiome and oral health; and discovering the impact of diet trends on periodontal and overall health. The program will pay special attention to the way oral tissue is a “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to identifying systemic disease caused by nutrition.

You will learn how to utilize a nutritionally based and a lifestyle-based comprehensive treatment plan. For your patients, this will add value and go above and beyond the traditional scope of care. During these times many people are looking for simple changes and extra support in creating and reaching their healthcare goals. Dental professionals often have a unique and special relationship with their patients. It is this relationship that allows us to empower healthy behaviors.

You Will Learn

  • How to read and record high-quality patient health histories that emphasize oral health as a gateway to systemic health
  • How fad diets and diet trends impact overall nutrition, oral health and long-term physiological wellness
  • To explore the ways the Standard American Diet is hurting your patients’ progress toward their oral health goals
  • How oral tissue is a first marker for many systemic conditions and how dental healthcare providers can help create overall happier, healthier patients

Who Should Attend 

This symposium is intended for dental hygienists, general dentists, specialists, dental assistants, office managers and other dental office team members.

Tuition: $175 Allied Dental Professionals; $275 Dentists; $145 for CDHA Members*
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check-in: 8:00 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

This symposium Includes lunch and morning coffee/tea service.

*Contact for the CDHA discount code.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry would like to acknowledge and thank Ivoclar Vivadent, OraVital and Patterson Dental for their generous support of this program.


Doug Thompson, DDS, maintains a private practice in Michigan and is the founder of Wellness Dentistry Network—an online educational hub for dental teams implementing oral-systemic protocols. He is a faculty member at The Kois Center and a board member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. Dr. Thompson has completed a fellowship in anti-aging and regenerative medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is a published author of a chapter in the textbook: Personalized and Precision Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine.

Suzanne Saidi, DDS, received a DDS degree from the Dugoni School of Dentistry and later spent time in Finland researching migration patterns of oral cancer cells. She is a former clinical instructor, CPC instructor and past president of the Alumni Association at the Dugoni School. She is also a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and earned a certificate in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As an experienced and engaging public speaker, Dr. Saidi has given hundreds of presentations curated for everyone from dental professionals and dental study clubs to entrepreneurs and the general public.