Summary: The American Dental Association is hosting a symposium in Chicago to educate dental professionals on their role in addressing chronic health issues. The event offers 11.5 continuing education credits and features experts discussing the link between oral health and systemic conditions.

Key Takeaways:

  • The symposium aims to integrate dental and general health care.
  • Attendees can earn continuing education credits.
  • Experts will discuss the connection between oral health and chronic conditions.

The American Dental Association is organizing a symposium titled “Dentistry’s Role in Complete Health” on June 21-22 at its headquarters in Chicago.

The event aims to prepare dental professionals to tackle a variety of chronic conditions that affect the U.S. population and economy.

ADA Symposium Overview and Goals

The symposium will explore the link between oral health and systemic conditions such as periodontal disease, systemic inflammation, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and sleep disorders.

Participants will have the chance to earn 11.5 continuing education credits. The program is designed to encourage dental professionals to lead in integrating dental care with overall health strategies, emphasizing the mouth as the entry point to general health.

ADA Symposium Details

When: June 21 from 8 am to 5:45 pm CDT and June 22 from 8 am to noon CDT.
Where: ADA Headquarters
Who: The symposium is open to dentists and their team members.

Experts presenting at the symposium include:

  • Dr. Mark Cannon,professor of otolaryngology division of dentistry at Northwestern University, on “The Oral Microbiomes’ Role in Health and Disease.”
  • Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson, senior faculty/lecturer and director of dental medicine with Dawson Academy, on “Dentistry’s Role in Complete Health: Integrative Dental Medicine.”
  • Lora Hooper, vice president and clinical director for the Integrative Dental Medicine Scholar Society, on “Dentistry’s Role in Diagnostic Testing.
  • Steve Thorne, founder of Pacific Dental Services, on “Operationalizing the Mouth Body Connection – the Opportunity.”


Dentists and their teams can find more information and register on the ADA website. The symposium represents the ADA’s initiative to improve the dental profession’s impact on the health challenges facing Americans.