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Periodontists to meet in Boston

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will host its 95th Annual Meeting in Boston in September. (Photo courtesy of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Tue. 25 August 2009


NEW YORK, NY and BOSTON, MA, USA: The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will hold its 95th Annual Meeting 12–15 September at the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The AAP reports that attendee registration is now open, and dental professionals from all specialties are encouraged to register to learn about the latest advancements in periodontology. According to the AAP, more than 5,000 dental professionals and participating vendors are expected to attend. 

The four-day meeting will include a variety of educational and scientific sessions in seven distinct program tracks, covering topics such as dental implants, periodontal-systemic relationships, practice development and management, and regeneration and tissue engineering. Traditional continuing education courses, as well as hands-on workshops and clinical technique showcases will be offered. In total, over 50 educational and scientific sessions will be offered.

The meeting will officially begin on Saturday, 12 September, with an Opening Ceremony featuring remarks from 2009 AAP President David Cochran, DDS, PhD. Paul M. Ridker, MD will be the Opening Ceremony’s keynote speaker. Dr Ridker is a researcher in inflammation and cardiovascular disease, and he was an important contributor to the recent joint consensus paper on cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease published by The American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Periodontology.

Other events of interest include the following:

  • The Innovations in Periodontics sessions, where the latest concepts, techniques or products in periodontics will be showcased.
  • The Dental Hygiene Symposium, which will discuss how periodontal care continues to evolve based on new research on the role of inflammation in the progression of periodontal disease.
  • Insurance Workshops, which will instruct attendees how to submit appropriate procedure codes to dental benefit carriers, communicate with benefit carriers in adjudicating claims, and file claims with medical plans.
  • The exhibit hall, which will feature more than 150 dental products and services, and will offer on-floor order placements and complimentary attendee lunches.

“This is an exciting time in periodontics, so I am thrilled to invite the dental community to join us in Boston,” said Dr Cochran. “It has become critical that all dental professionals understand the connection between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, such as cardiovascular disease and especially the role inflammation plays in this connection. Our 2009 Annual Meeting offers an exciting and informative forum to learn about these important advances in periodontology.”

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), based in Chicago, is the professional organization for periodontists, specialists in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. The AAP has 8,000 members worldwide.

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