The American Academy of Periodontology recently recognized some of its best members at its annual meeting in San Francisco. Those honored include experts in the field as well as those who are performing crucial research to help further the understanding of periodontology for all who continue to learn from reports and studies.
One major theme from events like these is that learning continues to be a lifetime concern – not something that simply stops after graduation. Having proper software makes it easier to organize new research and information, even incorporate it into an existing school curriculum.
This year's major award winners
Dentistry IQ reported that this year's gold medal winner is William Becker, who won because of his 50 years of dental practice in association with the AAP. The doctor has not only worked in the field, but has taught dentistry at schools such as the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Houston. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Periodontology. Becker continues his private practice in Arizona. He has also received the Presidential Award and the Master Clinician Award, along with two Clinical Research Awards.
Barry Wagenberg won the Master Clinician Award this year for his demonstrated clinical excellence in the field of periodontology. The doctor works in diagnosis and treatment planning, including interdisciplinary treatment programs. He also finds work speaking at lectures in universities and medical schools around the world. His work has seen him create some of the currently followed "best practices" for periodontological surgery procedures as they are practiced in the U.S. and abroad.
AAOSH also holds a meeting
The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health also held a meeting this year. Its opening address was delivered by Amy Doneen, according to Dentistry IQ. Doneen is a practicing nurse who co-authored the book "Beat the Heart Attack Gene." She spoke to the importance of oral health when it comes to saving lives. In particular, she cited that dentists can notice things in the mouth that have relevance to health matters as diverse as cardiovascular disease.
"It all boils down to inflammation," she said in regards to the connection between these two medical sciences.
Those who have dental infections can sometimes have complications in other areas, and these will show up in further tests if the dentist notices the early warning signs.
Those who have the right kind of dental software can make a note in a patient's file about his or her overall health. Software also helps dental schools stay on top of their research, ensuring students receive the best education.