Gasping for Life 
Saturday, November 10: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
“Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.”- L. Frank Baum

Breathing is essential for life, and yet somehow our understanding of its importance in the young is relegated to an afterthought. All published research reaffirms the great importance of airway patency for the normal development of the child. This basic research that prompts early intervention will be explored, along with a description of clinical techniques, including but not limited to appliance therapy in treating oral and airway issues. Most importantly, the effect of the airway on the microbiome, neurological development, and systemic health (and their inter-relationships) will be discussed. As an interesting twist, the microbiome effect on the airway will additionally be explained, somewhat like the “circle of life” concept. Special clinical cases will be presented, especially concerning young patients with systemic disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • The attendee will learn techniques and tests for diagnosing airway complications in the young patient.
  • Treatment modalities and referrals for treatment will be discussed and the rationale used for each instance. Cases will be presented to illustrate the various techniques.
  • The medical implications of not treating and what medically has created so many cases, will be reviewed along with microbiome changes.
  • The use of polyols to manage airway infections and congestion will be presented along with current research being completed at Northwestern University and Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Mark Cannon, DDS 
Mark L. Cannon received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska and then attended Northwestern University for his Masters of Pediatric Dentistry. He completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital and received his Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a past president of the Illinois Society of Dentistry for Children, a Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Dentistry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, an Attending Physician at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital and a member of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to being the founder of Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove (1981); he is the Research Coordinator of the Pediatric Dental residency program at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Cannon has 40 years of experience in pediatric dentistry and has presented lectures at the University of Athens, Greece, Sao Paulista State University, UNESP, Aracatuba, Brazil, University of Texas- Houston, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Southern California, Louisiana State University, and many other institutions world-wide. Dr. Cannon has lectured extensively on many oral health topics including evolutionary oral medicine, the gateway microbiomes, biologic and bioactive dental materials (patents owner), probiotics, and all aspects of everyday Pediatric oral health. Dr. Cannon has humbly accepted two invitations by the Karolinska Institutet, first to the Nobel Forum (2016) and secondly to the Nobel Assembly (2017). Most of all, Dr. Cannon is the proud father of five, all of whom are very accomplished. He is also a very proud grandfather! 

Dr. Cannon has indicated that he has no financial relationships with any commercial supporters.


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