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FCE7: “Do Bugs Matter”? (Interactive Point-Counterpoint)

November 12, 2023 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm


Purnima Kumar

Frank A. Scannapieco



Maria Emanuel Ryan

Course Description

Bacteria have co-evolved with humans, adapting not only to genotypic idiosyncrasies, but also to behavioral and lifestyle changes. Together, the human and the microbiome we host form a ‘holobiont’, with these organisms playing a vital role in maintaining our physiology and health. Moreover, these dynamic communities form ecosystems within various niches in the human body, and by virtue of this lifestyle, are extremely responsive to shifts in the local environment. Thus, the microbiome acts as a ‘canary in the coal mine’. As clinicians and biologists, the session will focus on harnessing the capabilities of the microbiome to promote health and to act as prognosticators of impending disease states as well as biomarkers of disease activity.

Educational Objectives:

• Recognize that a eubiotic community is one that follows a biological blueprint.
• Acknowledge human behaviors and systemic disease can alter this blueprint.
• Learn how dysbiosis is a cause, not merely a consequence, of oral disease.
• Identify how dysbiotic microbiomes can act as a ‘canary in the coalmine’.


November 12, 2023
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Program Track:


American Academy of Periodontology