The American Academy of Dental Oncology
Dallas, TX is gearing up for the very first session of the newly formed American Academy of Dental Oncology. AADO has partnered with leading medical and dental experts in oncology and oral health to launch an educational initiative for dental professionals. The upcoming event will take place on November 13 – 14, 2015 and is designed to prepare dental professionals to care for the unique oral health needs of oncology patients, both those who are survivors as well as those who are currently fighting the battle.
Dr. Dennis Abbott formed the American Academy of Dental Oncology in 2014 in order to provide ongoing education in dental oncology among those in the dental field. "Dental professionals are at the front lines of addressing oral-systemic issues in concert with our medical colleagues," says Dr. Abbott. "It is up to us to not only care for the needs of patients undergoing cancer treatment, but to utilize our dental skills to provide a survivorship plan that allows survivors to maintain a high quality of life that includes their oral health."
The upcoming two-day conference covers primary dental care for oncology patients including providing dental clearance for oncology patients prior to radiation or chemotherapy, as well as treating side effects of therapy such as xerostomia, mucositis, osteonecrosis and other oral infections. Other topics that will either be covered at the first session or are being planned for future sessions include topics such as condition-specific survivorship care, direct patient communication and tailored marketing strategies for oral health professionals in the medical community as well as overall practice implementation.
AADO is committed to providing oral health professionals with a dental oncology education continuum that can be scaled to the specific needs of the attendee in his or her practice. As a part of the course, attendees will receive an iPad Mini pre-loaded with our exclusive AADO app that will provide presentation information and a sustainable, interactive knowledge base that will engage professionals beyond the classroom.
It is our goal to raise awareness of the unique oral health care needs of individuals battling cancer and/or side effects from treatment among healthcare professionals as well as the general public, and to develop a trusted network of healthcare professionals committed to quality care to improve oral health, overall well-being, and quality of life to people with cancer and cancer survivors. For more information on AADO visit www.aadonc.com.
Renita Beeman Sansom,RDH
Executive Director, AADO