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Keystone Pathogens of the Human Mouth

Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD

Periodontal disease, as being defined today, does not define the infectious nature of periodontal diseases. Plus, clinical signs and symptoms do not connect these serious infections to inflammatory comorbidities. This course will describe the importance of understanding Systemic Inflammation and how it is driven by Keystone Pathogens. This understanding will create an urgency that does not exist today in healing all periodontal infections and how a true / objective diagnosis does define each infection and whether or not it connects to systemic inflammation. Targeting Keystone pathogens provides a medical model to reestablish symbiosis in a dysbiotic world, heal disease, and scientifically connect periodontal infections to the rest of the body. Let's finally "Follow the Science" around this topic.

Dr. Tom Nabors

For thirty-seven years, Dr. Tom Nabors has served as a leader in advancing oral microbiology, immunology, and the emerging field of Oral Systemic Health. Following a career in Dentistry, he launched Oral DNA in 2008, the first diagnostic laboratory to focus on the indemnification and diagnostic relevance of oral pathogens. The company was acquired by Quest Diagnostics in 2009 where Tom remained the Chief Dental Officer until 2012. 

He has remained active in the industry working to advance the science as well as its implementation and impact on practice management. Tom received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Health-Sciences and has served in senior roles across numerous professional organizations including the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and as Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center: Bioscience Research Department.

Integrative Dental Medicine Scholar Society workshops, seminars and conferences are designed to help participants lean into the vision and opportunity to significantly impact the complete health of their lives.

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