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This year's meeting focus will be 'The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body.'
The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, is announcing that March 29 will be the last day to register online for its upcoming annual conference and exhibition.
"We’ll still accommodate on-site registrations during the conference, but lectures are expected to be standing room only and several hands-on workshops are already sold out,” says ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky, CAE.
Known internationally as “Dentistry’s Laser Meeting," ALD 2019 is at the Hilton Dallas/Plano/Granite Park from April 4-6. The meeting’s focus is “The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body.”
"We’re very excited about the theme of ALD 2019,” Siminovsky says. “For decades, ALD members were the unsung heroes of oral-systemic health. First by applying laser technology to treat periodontal disease and, more recently, by applying light therapy to help patients suffering from the oral mucositis side-effects of chemotherapy, TMJ, sleep apnea and other medical conditions.”
The educational tracks and workshops that support the laser-systemic connection theme include the following:
The ALD 2019 program is rounded out by educational sessions and/or workshops on the following topics:
Kicking off ALD 2019 will be keynote speaker Charles Whitney, MD, the nation’s leading physician advocate for bridging the oral-systemic gap. Dr. Whitney’s specialty of heart attack, stroke and dementia prevention relies heavily on collaborating with dental clinicians to accurately diagnose and effectively treat periodontal disease.
Dr. Whitney’s presentation will help ALD 2019 attendees connect the dots on how to bring the message of oral-systemic connections into their practices,
“I love watching the lightbulb go on in the eyes of my audience when they learn how to take the oral-systemic message to the streets,” Dr. Whitney says. “I hope I can help ALD members recognize that on a good day they can save a tooth and on a great day they can save a life! “
What’s more, Dr. Whitney has seen first-hand the beneficial effects of laser dentistry on his own patients. In fact, he recently referred one of his patients to ALD incoming president Dr. Mel Burchman, who successfully treated the patient’s chemo therapy-induced oral mucositis with photobiomodulation therapy.
“Having Dr. Whitney as our opening keynote speaker will certainly set the tone for ALD 2019,” Siminovsky says. “Our goal for this meeting is to be the world’s go-to event where the entire dental team can learn how to bridge the oral-systemic gap using laser technology.”