BUFFALO, N.Y. – Michael Glick, DMD, dean of the University
at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, has organized and will act as
program chair of “The First International Quintessence
Symposium on Oral Health: The Oral-Systemic Connection” to
take place in San Diego on Feb. 7-8.
Glick, editor of The Journal of American Dental Association
(JADA), the premier, peer-reviewed journal in dentistry, is known
for his innovative, medicine-oriented approach to dental care that
encourages dental students to think of themselves as health care
professionals, first, and dentists second.
Glick says the symposium provides an opportunity for
participants to hear the latest scientific information on the
association between oral diseases and health and learn how to
interpret research by scientists working on the subject.
“Over the past several decades, an impressive body of
knowledge has accumulated about the impact of oral infections and
overall health and well-being,” he says. “Studies have
found important associations that are now being evaluated for
causative relationships. New information is being published at a
rapid pace, and clinicians must sort through sometimes conflicting
Specialists in oral health research from across the U.S., Canada
and Europe will present on a range of oral and systemic health
connection topics, including: “Pregnancy Outcomes and Oral
Infections;” “The Cardiovascular System and Oral
Infections;” “Obesity and Oral Health;” and
“Osteoporosis: The Oral-Systemic Connection.”
Two UB researchers will be among the guest speakers. Frank A.
Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, chair of the UB Department of Oral Biology,
will present on “Links between the Oral Microbiota and
Pulmonary Disease,” and Robert J. Genco, DDS, PhD, SUNY
Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology and Microbiology and
Immunology, will present on “The Association of Periodontal
Disease and Diabetes.”
As a companion publication to the symposium, Glick has edited
“The Oral-Systemic Health Connection: A Guide to Patient
Care,” which he says is designed to help readers better
understand current and future evidence on the associations between
oral health and general health.
“Dentists and other health care providers will be able to
apply this information clinically to guide treatment decisions and
recommend preventive strategies for the benefit of their
patients,” he says.