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The “over sixty” population will increase significantly during the next decade. 

With that comes an increased frequency of oral conditions associated with the “Baby Boomer” generation.

Two primary areas of concern around chronic inflammation are periodontitis with over 40% having tooth loss disease and Xerostomia with the compromised lifestyle associated symptoms and root caries. In this course we will review these primary diseases from diagnosis to management for a lifetime. We will review the generational characteristics of this age group with emphasis on understanding the population to enhance motivational interviewing and gaining positive case acceptance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Standardizing the collection of periodontal data in an efficient manner and reviewing successful parameters to determine tooth survival in short and long term prognosis.
  • Developing “realistic” non-surgical therapies and the respective reevaluation with emphasis on “new” anti-inflammatory systems including micro-ultrasonic and laser technology, and nutraceuticals as probiotics and anti-oxidants.
  • Understanding the etiology of Xerostomia from medications to Sjogrens.
  • Creating management strategies including local and systemic therapies for “dry mouth” and appreciating oral conditions as caries activity as a result of the condition.
  • Establishing techniques to communicate with the Boomer generation.

THE “NEW” PERIODONTAL DISEASE: Inflammatory and Risky

Studies demonstrate the ‘perio-systemic link’ and patients are asking about the relationship!

Move to a new level of understanding of chronic inflammation and develop successful patient outcomes.

Periodontitis has entered into a new frontier as not only a major chronic infection but a disease of inflammation. Recent studies demonstrate that the incidence of periodontitis has been underestimated by 50%. Determining who is at risk and the corresponding therapy and management is a significant component of effective treatment. Dental school provides the science. This course transforms the science into the actual dental practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Managing inflammation as a systemic and local immune response with antioxidants and microthin ultrasonic/laser combos.
  • Treating periodontitis as a major chronic inflammatory systemic disease.
  • Determining the role of traditional and non-traditional therapies in controlling periodontitis.
  • Utilizing risk assessment to determine susceptibility.
  • Incorporating the paradigm: periodontal medicine into the practice.
  • Considering genetics, diet (probiotics/nutraceuticals), and stress as variables in controlling disease.

About the Speaker:

Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed.,  Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement.  He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a current Board of Director of the Academy of Laser Dentistry and Pankey Institute.  Dr. Low provides dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal practices and is affiliated with the Florida Probe Corporation. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award.   He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee.


Should you wish to stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for our meeting, we have secured a group rate.  Please use the link below to make your reservation.

5th District Annual Board Mtg

Start date: 11/2/17
End date: 11/3/17
Last day to book: 10/15/17

Marriott Syracuse Downtown  for 139.00 USD  per night

Click here to book your room at the 5th District’s group rate.


Nov 3, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202 United States
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Fifth District Dental Society


Sam Low, DDS, MS, MEd
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