Medical Dental Integration: Dental Treatment of Young Children

  • Thursday 1/26/2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Course Code: 122TL
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 257 A
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
Keri Discepolo, DDS, MPH is a dental graduate of New York University and holds a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Following she received her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Yale New Haven Hospital, which subsequently began her academic career. Dr. Discepolo received her Master’s of Public Health degree from Columbia University due to her interest in advocacy and teaching of advocacy. She spent several years teaching at YNHH, and also the University of Connecticut. Currently Dr. Discepolo is the North Eastern Representative to the Council on Government Affairs, journal editor for the Journal of Dentistry for Children, Treasurer to the Boston District Dental Society and incoming Chair to the Massachusetts Government Affairs committee. With a concentrated focus on public health, she has been active in advocacy in both Connecticut and Massachusetts on the state level, and annually attends the AAPD’s sponsored Advocacy Conference in Washington DC. Dr. Discepolo practices and teaches dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
Catherine Hayes, DMD is the Director of Dental Services at UMass Chan Medical School and Dental Director, MassHealth.
Michelle Henshaw, DDS is an assistant professor in the department of health policy and health services research and director of community health programs at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

This course will provide a review recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Pediatrics regarding routine dental care for young children. The course include an overview of the importance of dental care for young children and a discussion related to tools to overcome barriers to treating young children. Topics will include growth and development, behavior management, anticipatory guidance, preventive dentistry, fluoride varnish, dental sealants, disease management, caries arresting medications, and minimally invasive dentistry. All members of the dental team are welcome to attend.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Discuss recommendations from AAPD and AAP regarding dental treatment of young children
  • Explain the importance of routine preventive dental care for young children
  • Discover tools for overcoming barriers to treating young children
  • Determine basic guiding principles behind treating young children
  • Identify strategies to prevent and treat early childhood caries 
Recommended Audience: Dentist, Hygienist