Sponsored by

VDF is pleased to welcome

Dr. Samuel B. Low

as the 2014 On the Cusp Lecture and Breakfast Series* Speaker.

November 13, 2014 | 7:30am - 10:30am

We are excited to announce that our On the Cusp speaker this year will be Dr. Samuel B. Low, Professor of Periodontics at the University of Florida. Those of you who attended the Jacksonville Forum will recall that Dr. Low is a dynamic speaker. He promises to expose us to many new and exciting areas in human periodontology.

Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, MEd
Professor Emeritus
University of Florida

Biography: Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Low provides dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal practices and is affiliated with the Florida Probe Corporation. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee.

Presentation Title: The “New” Periodontal Disease: “Inflammatory and Risky” 

Summary: Periodontitis has entered into a new frontier as not only a major chronic infection but a disease of inflammation. Recent studies demonstrate the parallel nature of periodontitis with a similar inflammatory cascade of chronic inflammatory diseases as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Likewise, periodontal  therapy protocols have moved from a "treatment" orientation to one of "management" and therefore emphasis to host modulation including nutraceuticals and antioxidants over singular antimicrobial strategies. We consider not only the biofilm as an etiology but genetics and the epigenetic involvement of risk factors to determine the prognosis of retaining the dentition. Several examples will be provided on managing periodontal inflammation as a systemic and local immune response.

*This series is not included in the general registration. It requires an additional registration fee to attend and seating may be limited. Breakfast will be provided to attendees registered for this event.