On the occasion of Dr. Marianna Evan's inaugural Ortho-Perio Symposium, Challenging Implant Rehabilitation in the Presence of Malocclusion, we had the chance for Marianna, Dr. Kevin Boyd, Dr. Mike Mew and myself, Dr. Rick Wilson, to meet in person and set our jaws, so to speak, on the task of establishing an ongoing Evolutionary Oral Medicine Symposium. If the principles of EOM are to be explored and then applied in the service of improving human health, it is absolutely essential to bring dentists, anthropologists and others together in person to learn in a dynamic and interactive environment. Thus, we wish to announce that we are planning an inaugural Evolutionary Oral Medicine Symposium, to be held in Philadelphia in fall 2016.
What is Evolutionary Oral Medicine? It is perhaps best if I explain by way of stating the problems that it sets out to solve.
According to the fossil record, human beings as we know ourselves now have been around for about 220,000+ years. For most of that time, humans did not have tooth decay, gum disease or maloccusions.
When human societies changed from hunter-gatherer cultures to agricultural cultures 10,000 years ago, tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease became common afflictions.
When the Industrial Revolution started about 250 years ago, tooth decay became a scourge, periodontal disease became the rule not the exception, and nearly every person on the planet would develop a malocclusion if not painstakingly treated by an orthodontist. Once orthodontists were invented. Further, the dental and skeletal development of human beings is not just about a nice appearance--the changes in growth patterns that we see for the past 250 years also affect the airway. Sleep apnea, which significantly shortens many lives, results from these dietary and lifestyle-induced changes in the human form.
In other words, our teeth have been seriously jacked up for 1/1000th of the time we've been walking this Earth in our present form.
The human diet and the human lifestyle changed.
Modern dentistry, for all its technical achievements and ability to solve problems, is putting out fires. The fires of dental caries, periodontal disease and malocclusions. Yet no dental educational institutions, no large-scale waves of thought, no academic movements have ever really focused on preventing those fires from getting started in the first place.
The goal of Evolutionary Medicine is to prevent those fires. We include dentists, anthropologists, physical therapists, sleep apnea specialists and many other disciplines. Progress in the field of early interventional orthodontics is already dramatic, and other areas will follow.
We are now planning an inaugural Evolutionary Oral Medicine Symposium for Philadelphia in 2016. If the principles of EOM are to be explored and then applied in the service of improving human health, it is absolutely essential to bring dentists, anthropologists, physicians and others together in person to learn in a dynamic and interactive environment.
Here are the websites for the four of us:
Marianna Evans DMD
Kevin Boyd DDS
Mike Mew BDS
Rick Wilson DMD