Private Practice
Monarch Beach, CA, USA 
9:00 a.m.
Friday, June 30, 2017
International Academy of Endodontics, Annual Meeting
The Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
“What does breathing have to do with teeth?"
The most important physiologic function from birth to death is taking the next breath to sustain life moment to moment. It is a biologic imperative. If breathing becomes disordered either during sleep or during wakeful hours, compensations of some sort or another can be expected resulting in the various signs and symptoms we may (or may not) note in our patients in daily practice. This presentation will serve as a "connecting of the dots" between stomatognathic and global health in not only our patients but ourselves.


The major topics to be addressed include craniofacial growth and development concepts in the function of breathing, the role of epigenetics versus genetics (nature versus nurture) in the development and the integration of medicine and dentistry in fostering wellness versus mere disease management.

Attendees will Learn:

  1. Learn how airway function is at the nexus of stomatognathic and global wellness.
  2. Learn how craniofacial growth and development in Homo Sapien has changed dramatically post-Industrial Revolution and the implications for health and wellness.
  3. Learn why it is important to integrate medicine and dentistry in a wellness approach and how disease management has become financially unsustainable in the U.S. population.


Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodonticsrican
American Academy of Restorative Dentistry
North American Association of Facial Orthotropics
American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics
American Association of Physiologic Medicine & Dentistry
Mark A. Cruz graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986 and started a dental practice in Monarch Beach, CA upon graduation. He has lectured nationally and internationally and is a member of various dental organizations. He was a part-time lecturer at UCLA and member of the faculty group practice and was past assistant director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry. He has served on the National institute of Health/NIDCR (National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research) Grant review Committee in Washington D.C. as well as on the editorial board for the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice (Elsevier) and is currently serving on the DSMB (data safety management board) for the NPBRN (national practice-based research network).