March 2021 Volume LVI Number 2


AAPD 2021 Scientific Program

January 2021 Volume LVI Number 1

All speakers have committed to delivering their topics virtually, even if AAPD 2021 is not in-person. The Scientific Program Committee believes in provide robust and diverse CE to the AAPD membership and was careful to select speakers who would be able to provide their talks in either format.
Joint Academic Day
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Join your colleagues for the annual Joint Academic Day.
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Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
Preconference Course Pediatric Medicine Update
This full day course will provide the pediatric dentist an update on a wide variety of areas of pediatric medicine. Each lecture will provide a medical review of the more common disorders and diseases the pediatric dentist might encounter in clinical practice, followed by a discussion of the latest advances in management. For some of the topics there will be a specific emphasis on dental management. The lecture format followed by questions and answers affords participants an opportunity for dialogue between the lecturer and the audience.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Provide a review of the pathophysiology of pediatric disorders and diseases the pediatric dentist is likely to encounter in clinical practice.
  • Provide an update of the state of the art and science of the medical management of these disorders.
  • Discuss the impact and significance of these pediatric disorders and diseases and their management to clinical pediatric dentistry with input from the audience during the question and answer period.
  • Have a better understanding of the current management of a wide variety of pediatric conditions, including those conditions resulting from COVID-19, and how it may relate to their clinical practice of pediatric dentistry.
Behavior Management
Early Career Dentist Course: "Purpose- ful Movements", Efficiencies and Tips for Oral Rehabilitation under GA
Jason M. Bresler, D.M.D., F.A.A.P.D., F.I.C.D., F.A.C.D.
String of Pearls: Use of Mindfulness Techniques for Behavior Management of Anxious Children
Nidhi Hiteshi, D.D.S., M.S.D.
A positive experience at the dentist as a child helps develop a healthy and stress- free adult patient. This unique course offers tips for the dentists to incorporate the principles of mindfulness in treating an anxious patient.
Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
170. Structural Racism and Child Health: How Pediatric Providers Can Address and Ameliorate the Effects of Racism on Children and Adolescents
Anupama Tate D.M.D., M.P.H.; Nita Mosby Tyler, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Karp, D.M.D., M.S.; Nia Heard-Garris, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.A.P.
The American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Oral Health Session is designed for all AAPD attendees. This session will address three aspects of structural racism and their contributions to negative child and adult health out- comes. The session will also explore rootcauses and other factors contributing to racial/ethnic child health disparities in the context of current trends in infant care practices and adolescent development, and identify ways in which policies support closure of these gaps. The session will promote interprofessional advocacy for children and families and boost communication skills and confi- dence for pediatric providers and other medical and dental professional team members when addressing the effects of racism on children and adolescents. There will be adequate opportunity for audience discussion. All AAPD attendees are invited to the session.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Recognize three policy approaches to address and ameliorate the effects of racism on children and adolescents supported by the AAP.
  • Apply techniques that can be used in the dental office to discuss and counsel families of all races on the effects of exposure to racism as vic- tims, bystanders, and perpetrators.
  • Deconstruct the complexity of "eq- uity," and learn fascinating facts and insights that will help medical and dental providers shift from learning and exploring to doing
Anupama Rao Tate
is an associate profes- sor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in the Goldberg Center for Community Pediat- ric Health at Children’s National Medi- cal Center. She serves as the director of Advocacy and Research. She is director of the District of Columbia Pediatric Oral Health Coalition. She is a trustee and chairs the Grants and Programs Commit- tee of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. She chairs the Consumer Review Com- mittee of the AAPD. Currently she is the past president of the D.C. Chapter of the AAPD. She received her D.M.D. from Har- vard School of Dental Medicine and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Children’s National Medical Center. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice, research and holds grants in community advoccy.
Nita Mosby Tyler is the chief catalyst and founder of The Equity Project, LLC
– an organization designed to sup- port organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and The HR Shop, LLC – a human resources firm designed to sup- port non-profits and small businesses. She is the former senior vice president and chief inclusion officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado – the first African American woman to hold that position in the organizations 100+ year history.
She is also the former executive director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver – the first African American woman to hold that position in the 63+ year history of the agency. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and recipient of the Cornell University Diversity & Inclusion certification, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and corporate organizations.
Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership from the University of Colorado, a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Alabama.
Jeff Karp is a board certified pediatric dentist and residency program director at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minn. Karp is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellow and an executive committee member for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Oral Health.
Nia Heard-Garris is a pediatrician and a physician-investigator at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hos- pital of Chicago and in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern Univer- sity Feinberg School of Medicine. She examines the influence of social ad- versities experienced in childhood and subsequent child and adolescent health. Heard-Garris is also interested in the factors that contribute to a child’s ability to thrive despite these experiences. In August 2019, she received her career de- velopment award (K01), which is funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and with this award she plans to investigate adolescent cardiometabolic health. She believes in using research to better inform clinical practice and policy that supports children, their families, and their communities. Heard-Garris is also an active member in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and serves as the Chair and founding member of the Section of Minority Health, Equity, and Inclusion. Heard-Garris completed a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foun- dation Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She earned her Master of Science in Health and Health- care Research. She received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Howard Univer- sity College of Medicine and helped to launch the student-run free clinic serving D.C. residents. Heard-Garris earned her Bachelor of Science in biology at Spel- man College in Atlanta, Ga. Heard-Garris has had numerous media appearances, including CNN/Sesame Street, NPR, NBC, and numerous others. Heard-Garris, her husband, and 7-year old son live in Chicago and as new Chicagoans they better understand the phrase "winter is coming."
180. Addressing Systemic Racism and Its Impact in Dentistry and Building the Right Treatment Plan
Karan Estwick; Edmond Hewlett, D.D.S.; Laila Hishaw, D.D.S., F.A.A.P.D.; Jaha Howard, D.D.S., M.S.; Ronald Inge; Jeanette Sabir-Holloway; Paula Coates, D.D.S., M.S.
Systemic racism has woven its way into every fabric of our lives, including dental education and research, the oral health- care delivered to patients of color, and the experience of Black dentists in our profession. Just as we do in pediatric dentistry when a child presents with early childhood caries, we do a complete assessment and provide education to the parents before we treat. Now is the time to approach systemic racism as the disease it is and build a treatment plan together as colleagues united who want to do what they can do to be better providers for their Black patient families. This session will reveal what we can all do together to enhance diversity and inclusion in our profession. Specifically, this course will elicit real, practical and actionable solutions. Together we can improve the delivery of oral health care to all children and support all our members of our pediatric dentistry team to feel equal, worthy, heard, and equipped to thrive as pediatric dental providers.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Ensure all participants get a brief his- torical survey on U.S. systemic rac- ism, its complicated legacy, and its relationship with pediatric dentistry.
  • Explore how racism and bias may influence direct patient care through case studies.
  • The experiences of pediatric dentists of color who are part of the under- represented minority groups in our profession. Hearing their stories is the first step in understanding the problems to better navigate what and where change needs to take place.
  • Inspire a series of educational ses- sions that will ultimately lead to an organized action plan against systemic racism in dentistry.
Edmond R. Hewlett is professor and associate dean for Outreach and Diversity at the UCLA School of Dentistry.
A Los Angeles native, Hewlett was a UCLA undergrad from 1972 to 1976, received his D.D.S. degree from the UCLA in 1980, and completed a General Practice Residency program at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1981. He practiced as an associate and taught part-time at UCLA for six years before accepting a full time faculty position at UCLA in 1987, and he completed postgraduate train- ing in Prosthodontics at UCLA in 2003. Hewlett’s bibliography includes numer- ous scientific articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters. He also serves as a consultant to the FDA and Consumer Advisor for the ADA. He has presented over 300 invited lectures and courses on adhesive restor- ative dentistry materials and techniques both nationally and internationally, and has earned numerous awards for his teaching.
Laila B. Hishaw is a board-certified pediat- ric dentist, author, and mentor. She earned her dental degree with honors in pediatric dentistry from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 2000 and completed her pediatric dental residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center--San Anto- nio. Net proceeds from her Amazon best- seller, "Cavity-Free Kids: How to Care For Your Kids’Teeth From Birth Through Their Teenage Years", supports Diversity in Dentistry Mentorships, Inc. She founded this non-profit to educate and empower underrepresented minority youth and pre-dental students to explore den- tistry as a profession through mentor- ing. Hishaw is a member of the Class of 2020-2021 American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership. She lectures nationally on pediatric dentistry, diversity in dentistry, addressing topics of racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities in health care, burnout prevention, and topics relevant to women in dentistry. To learn more, please visit her website www.
Hishaw is an owner of Tucson Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, voted as the Arizona Daily Star’s Readers’ Choice for Best Pedi- atric Dentist. Hishaw, her husband, and their three children live in Tucson, Ariz., with their rescues, Miles and Stormie.
Ronald Inge is cur- rently the chief op- erations officer/chief dental officer/VP of Professional Services for Delta Dental Plan of Missouri. In this capacity, his responsibilities include all aspects of development and management of the dental operations department including claims and customer service. Inge is also responsible for the growth and develop- ment of the dental networks including clinical policies and procedures, quality management, and utilization review management.
Inge is an experienced senior level dental benefits executive with exposure to all aspects of the dental industry. Acknowledged as an innovative thought leader in the dental benefits industry. As chief dental officer, he led the initial data analysis at Aetna that launched medical/ dental integration. Inge served as the as- sociate director for the Division of Dental Practice at the American Dental Associa- tion. Inge has served as the VP of Profes- sional Services and chief dental officer for Delta Dental of Washington. As the past executive director of the Institute for Oral Health, Inge has championed efforts to publicize innovative solutions to many of the current challenges to improving oral health. The mission of the Institute for Oral Health was to advance oral health care by identifying effective and efficient guidelines for treatment, access, and delivery of health care, and to promote best practices by serving as a central resource for shared practical knowledge and collaboration to benefit the dental profession and the public. Inge is also a member of the Santa Fe Group,a unique group of internationally renowned scholars and leaders from business and the professions bound by a common interest to improve oral health.
Inge has over 15 years of private practice experience. He received his dental de- gree from the UCLA School of Dentistry. Inge received a B.A. degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Paula L. Coates is a board certified pediat- ric dentist and advo- cate for the oral health care needs of children. She graduated from Duke University and then went on to receive her doctoral degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 2000. She earned her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 2002, followed by a Mas- ters of Science degree from the same institution in 2003. Coates participated in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Leadership Institute Cohort II as well as the AAL/Institute for Teaching and Learning. In her spare time, she has served in several leadership roles within the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, including the board of trustees from 2016-2019, and currently serves on the Academy’s Presidential Taskforce on Equity and Inclusion. Coates is an active member of several additional dental organizations, alumni associations and national civic and community service organizations. She currently works in pri- vate practice in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
"Love God and love people" is the motto that Jaha Howard strives to live by. As the owner and board certified pediatric dentist of A+ Pediatric Dentistry of Atlanta, he and his incred- ible team have worked with families of all backgrounds to achieve excellent dental health for over 10 years. In 2013, he founded Wave of Excellence, now a network of about 4,000 parents dedi- cated to strengthening public schools in Smyrna, Ga. Elected to the Cobb County Board of Education in 2018, Howard serves a school district of over 110,000 students in the Atlanta metro area. He lives with his wife of 12 years and their three children. They worship at Renaissance Church of Christ where Howard serves as a church deacon and bible teacher for young adults. A proud two-time graduate of Howard University, he then completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ultimate- ly Howard strives to help others make room in their lives to promote compas- sion, justice and equity.
Growth & Development
240. Speed Learning: Back to Basics
John Taylor, D.M.D., P.C.
Dentofacial Esthetics in Pediatric Patients
We are always looking for the best for our patients and smile esthetics is no exception. It is important to know what constitutes the characteristics of an esthetic smile and ways to achieve this in our adolescent patients. These parameters will be discussed along with highlighted case studies of diastema closures, peg lateral restorations and altered passive eruption cases especially as they relate to finishing orthodontic cases. A Social Six Esthetic Formula will be presented as a way to encapsulate these esthetic ideals.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • List the characteristics of an esthetic smile in our adolescent patients.
  • Demonstrate the use of these char- acteristics in our day to day practice to complete peg lateral restorations and diastema closure procedures.
  • Judge the esthetics of completed orthodontic cases as they relate to the "Social Six Esthetic Formula".
Early Interceptive Treatment of Palatal Displaced Canines
Have you ever had that sick feeling after seeing a panorex showing root resorp- tion of a lateral incisor from a wayward maxillary canine! This real life presenta- tion will address normal development, prognosis, risk management, and early prevention of palatally displaced ca- nines. You can expect clear, no nonsense guidelines with clinical decisions based on science. You don’t want to miss this one.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • List six problems associated with ec- topic and palatal displaced canines.
  • List four factors to consider when initiating early interceptive treat- ment for palatal displace canines.
  • Define the reasons whether it’s best to extract a single primary canine or both the primary canine and first molar.
John Taylor grew up just miles from his present day practice in Marietta, Georgia.
He has been in private practice for 36 years. He earned his undergraduate education from Mercer University with honors. He went on to earn his dental degree and Pediatric Dentistry certificate from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Taylor is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, along with the Georgia Den- tal Association and the Southeastern So- ciety of Pediatric Dentistry. He has been honored to be choose as a Fellow in the American College of Dentist (FACD). He is the immediate past president of the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. His post-graduate continuing education and special interest include extensive course work in dental facial esthetics and orthodontics.
Learning Lab: Breathe Well, Little One: Pediatric Airway from Cradle to Commencement
Susan Maples, D.D.S., M.S.B.A.
Approximately 25 percent of adults have sleep-related breathing disorders such as UARS and OSA and they are mostly preventable. Learn to recognize risk factors and the progress to improve a child’s health trajectory. Bring your team and leave with new inspiration for a pediatric airway practice.
Learning Lab: Oral Motor Develop- ment and Acquisition of Infant Feed- ing (Solid Foods) Skills: What Pediatric Dentists Should Know
Navreet Sidhu, D.D.S.
Nutrition information is an important element of the initial patient encounter, especially at the age one dental visit. Since Pediatric dentists are the experts of the oral cavity/development it is imperative that we have a good understanding of how oral motor development impacts the acquisition of feeding skills in infants.
Learning Lab: Let’s Talk About Teenagers and Risk Behaviors: Are You Ready?
Edna Perez, D.M.D.
Teenagers commonly engage in behaviors with negative health consequences. Categories of risk behaviors include: substances abuse, sexual activity, mental health and nutritional aspects. Dental professionals treating adolescents could play an important role in identify- ing and assessing risk behaviors as part of the oral and general health.
Health & Wellness
220. Digital Wellness: Keeping Chil- dren Healthy, Smart and Kind in a World of Screens
Michael Rich, M.D., M.P.H.
Today’s children are growing up in a dramatically different environment than their parents did. Screens are in virtually every public and private space, they are in our pockets and on our wrists. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated and amplified our trend toward using digital devices in all of life’s activities - learning and working, connecting and socializing, entertainment and play. By reframing media as an environmental influence and recognizing positive and negative outcomes from using screens, we can learn to live and thrive with the screens of our lives.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Reframe media effects on children as an environmental health issue.
  • Identify both positive and negative influences of media use and expo- sure on children’s development and physical, mental and social health.
  • Recognition and treatment of Prob- lematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU) aka internet addiction.
Michael Rich is as- sociate professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, as- sociate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and practices Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he heads the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID). A former screenwrit- er and filmmaker who served as assistant director to Akira Kurosawa in Japan, Rich is the Founder and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) as well as a researcher, father, and media aficionado. At Ask the Mediatrician®, Rich offers research-based answers to questions from parents, teachers, clini- cians, and children about media use and implications for young people’s health and development.
260. Nutrition Update for the Dental Team
Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
A robust body of evidence now links dietary patterns, specific micronutrients, and oral health; however, many dental professionals feel inadequately prepared to effectively counsel patients about nutrition or identify oral manifestations of micronutrient deficiencies. This up-to-date, fast-paced session will explore how macronutrients, micronutrients, glycemic index/load, dietary patterns, and sugar substitutes impact oral and overall health.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Describe the role of macronutrients in oral/overall health and disease risk.
  • Discuss the state of scientific evi- dence for various dietary patterns and their impact on health.
  • Identify key laboratory tests to assist the dental team in the management of patient’s oral health.
Tieraona Low Dog is a physician, author, educator, and thought leader in integrative medicine. She is one of the foremost experts in the United States on the safe and appropriate use of botanical remedies and dietary supplements. She is a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy for Women’s Health. Over her 40-year career, Low Dog has published 50 research articles in medical/science journals, written 20 chapters for medi- cal textbooks, and authored five books, including four with National Geographic; Fortify Your Life, Healthy at Home, Life is Your Best Medicine, and Guide to Medici- nal Herbs.
For the past twenty years, Low Dog has overseen the evaluation panel for supplement and botanical safety at the United States Pharmacopeia, including joint reviews with the Department of De- fense. President Bill Clinton, the National Cancer Institute, HRSA’s Bright Futures, and the National Center for Complemen- tary and Integrative Medicine were just a few to appoint her to their advisory councils. Her background in herbal medi- cine, midwifery, massage, and martial arts, made her a natural choice to lead the Fellowship program at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medi- cine, where she oversaw the training of more than 700 physicians and nurse practitioners.
Highly sought as a consultant to indus- try, Low Dog has helped many compa- nies craft safe, innovative, and effective products in the natural products space. She has been invited to speak at more than 600 conferences, reaching more than 50,000 people every year with
her message of healthy nutrition and supplement use, holistic women’s health, integrative medicine, and deep ecology.
Learning Lab: Simple Yoga Stretches & Mindfulness Breathing To Reduce Stress & Musculo-Skeletal Problems
Bhagwati Mistry, D.D.S, M.D.S.,500Hrs. Cert.Yoga
Experience and ex- plore evidence based Breath-Body-Mind Inte- grated yogic breathing techniques, posture alignments, simple yoga stretches and movements and rhythmic mindfulness breathing to help reduce stress, en- hance focus and concentration, increase resilience to burnout, skillfully balance work-life related challenges, improve posture, increase strength and flexibility and reduce or prevent musculo-skeletal problems.
Early Career Dentist Course: Wellness & Self Care
Purnima Hernandez, D.D.S., M.A., B.C.B.A.
Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
Stay Safe, Stay Well: Managing Occupational Hazards in a Post-COVID World 
Occupational Hazards of Dentistry
Pediatric dental professionals must take care of themselves to be ready to care for their patients. Join the Safety Commit- tee in a fast-paced program of practical tools and research-backed information to help you and your team manage a broad range of occupational risks, from infectious hazards and allergic reactions to hearing loss and musculosketetal complications. Special attention will be given to such COVID-related concerns as spatter and aerosols, increased exposure to surface disinfectants, chronic hypoxia from N-95 masks, and more. Members will leave the program equipped to take on current and future safety challenges with a risk-assessment checklist and a cornucopia of information.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Evaluate the occupational risks with- in their particular dental practices.
  • Identify which new occupational hazards in post-COVID dentistry pose the greatest risks.
  • Know what they can do today – and tomorrow – to manage occupational risks with effectiveness and effi- ciency.
Oral Medicine
100. Pharmacology and Pain Control
Karen Baker, B.S.Pharm, M.S.
The Opioid Crisis has fundamentally changed how we manage pain in chil- dren. Pediatric Dentists face escalating challenges in patient as well as drug therapy complexity. We will examine the wide array of alternative and tradi- tional analgesics along with new ways of combining agents to enhance patient tolerance and efficacy. Strategies for educating and informing patients and parents about the risks and benefits of CBD, kratom, THC, NSAIDs, APAP, and Opioids will be discussed. Tools that enhance patient compliance and safety
will be provided along with details about drug interactions important in dental pain control.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Discuss the FDA warning against prescribing codeine and tramadol for children under 12 years of age.
  • Compare and contrast the AAPD position on pediatric pain control with that of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • List the most effective pediat- ric dosage regimens for NSAIDs, acetaminophen, hydroxyzine, and hydrocodone.
Karen Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 40 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeu- tics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy. She has given over 1000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacol- ogy and therapeutics organizations.
Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa.
Oral Pathology
Learning Lab: Tooth Agenesis and Future Risk for Neoplasia: How to Dis- cuss Anticipatory Guidance
Kimberly K. Patterson D.D.S., M.S.
Congenitally missing teeth often present challenges in dental treatment planning, necessitating interdis- ciplinary care. There is growing evidence associating congenitally missing teeth with risk of neoplasia. This predictive poten- tial adds to the anticipatory guidance for patients and caregivers regarding future implications for systemic health and early screenings for neoplasms.
MiniClinics: The Diagnostic Challenge in Pediatric Dentistry Part VII
Juan Yepes, D.D.S., M.D., M.P.H., M.S. Dr.PH
This presentation will have three interesting patients that will bring a challenge for the practitioner. The format of the presentation will allow the audience to understand the importance of building a differential diagnosis and the implication in terms of treatment.
MiniClinics: Pediatric Orthodontics and Sleep Apnea: Which is Right and Which is an Illusion?
Mitchell R. Levine, D.M.D., M.S.
Review of the natural course of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea with attention to physiology of the pharyngeal airway. The nature of orthodontics, extractions and expansion of the dental arches.
Other Areas of Pediatric Dentistry
200. Coffee Clutch
Moderators: Ann M. Bynum, D.D.S., Robert D. Elliott, D.M.D., M.S.
Real-world scenarios we encounter every day in our offices will be presented and dis- cussed in small groups. Spend time with your peers discussing key issues that come up in your office every day. This is a group effort, audience driven and fully interactive program for all team members!
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Understand how other offices handle similar issues.
  • Share in the participation of chal- lenges your office may have encountered.
  • Support and network with difficult patients and parents. 
Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop
Peter H. Buschang, Ph.D., James Coll, M.D.
Following an introduction to evidence- based dentistry, the attendees will learn how to use the Evidence Based Hierarchy to classify studies based on their designs. They will then be familiarized with the Cochran reviews and Centre for Evidence Based Dentistry, important resources that clinicians use to stay informed.
Basic elements of PubMed will then be introduced and applied to provide the attendees with the computer skills nec- essary to perform literature searches. In order to facilitate the literature searches, the attendees will learn how to develop questions using the PICO (population, intervention, comparator and outcomes) format. Finally, basic and practical infor- mation pertaining to research method- ology will be introduced – along with a specially designed checklist – and later used by the attendees to critically evalu- ate and rank published research studies according to the strength of evidence they provide and learn how Clinical Prac- tice Guidelines of the AAPD are created from evidenced based research.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Understand why an evidence-based approach is necessary.
  • Be able to develop research ques- tions and perform literature searches on the internet.
  • Use evidence-based methods to evaluate the scientific literature and use critical appraisal skills to scruti- nize and assign articles to different levels of evidence.
Peter Buschang is regents professor of orthodontics and director of orthodon- tic research at Baylor College of Dentistry. He received his Ph.D. in from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. From 1980-1983, he was a NIDR postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Orthodontics, University of Connecticut Health Science Center. From 1983-1988, he was a FRSQ scholar in the orthodontic section and Human Growth Research Center, University of Montreal. He regularly reviews articles for numerous journals and has served as associate edi- tor for several journals (currently Angle Orthodontist). Buschang has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focusing on craniofacial growth, developmental adaptations as- sociated with treatments and oral-motor function. He is director of the graduate core course entitled "Research Design and Methodology."
James Coll is a diplo- mate of the American Board of Pediatric Den- tistry and has been in private practice for 39 years. He has published numerous articles on primary tooth pulp therapy, and is a member of the editorial board and sec- tion editor for pulp therapy for Pediatric Dentistry. He is the first author of AAPD’s first-ever evidence-based dentistry sys- tematic review: Systematic review and meta-analysis of vital pulp therapy for children with deep caries in the primary dentition.
Learning Lab: Let’s Make the Best Mouthguard for Your Athlete Patients
Stephen C. Mills, D.D.S.
This workshop will pres- ent a demonstration of the fabrication of a heat pressure laminated mouthguard. Examples of different styles of mouthguards will be demonstrated to attendees. The lecture component will focus on different needs for various athletes and different designs for different ages and different athletic activities.
Learning Lab: Human Trafficking and the Dental Profession
John P. Kenney, D.D.S., M.S.
Human trafficking is a multifaceted prob- lem in society today. As pediatric health professionals we need to be aware of the signs and actions to take when we suspect this in our practice or community. Not only sex trafficking but domestic service, hotels, restaurants sweatshops, beauty services and facto- ries are venues.
MiniClinics: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
Flavia Lamberghini, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.D.
COVID-19 diagnosis, transmission, and epidemiology of the disease. It also dis- cusses the protective mechanisms available in dentistry.
Pediatric Medicine
120. Immune Health in the Era of Pandemics
Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
The immune system is perfectly de- signed to help protect our bodies from infections, both minor and potentially life-threatening. We have witnessed the devastating effects SARS-CoV2 has had on our health, physically and psychologi- cally; our economy, and our businesses. There are numerous practices and habits that can support the immune system, as well as those that can impair its ability to function at its best. This highly relevant and engaging lecture will help provide the dental team with the facts they need to know to keep their patients and staff safe.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Describe the function of the innate and adaptive immune system.
  • Discuss past pandemics, infectious disease, and the role of public health initiatives.
  • Identify key micronutrients that are necessary for optimal immune function.
Practice Management
160. Dental Benefits Symposium
Christine Taxin, Teresa Duncan, M.S., Dennis McHugh
Diagnostic coding use in dentistry has been talked about for several years. Its regular use remains elusive, but there is a growing number of dentists providing this information regularly when submit- ting claims.
Medical plans and clinicians have ob- tained and used diagnostic codes for ap- proximately 20 years. They have helped plans develop guidelines and have become a critical element in research to determine best practices, preferred outcomes, decision support tools and efficient purchasing.
We will discuss the challenges and opportunities for dental plan use of diagnostic coding. Diagnostic coding has the potential for significant impact on the direction, type, and availability of dental care as well as future plan design and payment mechanisms. Develop- ment of tools and techniques for obtain- ing broader use of diagnostic codes for billing medical plans for your patient’s treatment.
Today’s pediatric practice relies upon a wide variety of codes for reimbursement. This session will update you on recent coding additions as well as preview what’ is to come for 2022. We’ll round it out by tackling top pediatric coding FAQs!
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Understand the real meaning of certain phrases common to many dental benefit contracts.
  • Describe the language common to many EOBs and prepared to write letters of appeals to advocate on behalf of your patients.
  • Know which resources are available through the ADA and AAPD and how proactively using them can safeguard your practice.
  • Discover the tips to finding the highest level of diagnostic reasons for billing with a diagnostic code and how to back up that code with information on why this patient has medical necessity.
  • The information needed to docu- ment medical necessity.
  • Learn how to find the correct diag- nostic codes under the topic is key to payment.
Christine Taxin is founder and president of Links 2 Success & Dental Medical Billing that covers all dental and medical billing training. Christine delivers continuing education seminars for dental and medical professionals and serves as an adjunct professor at the New York University (NYU) Dental School Resident Programs for New York City Programs, Harvard, and other dental schools across the country. Taxin has been awarded "Leader in Consulting" for the past eight years in Dentistry Todays list. Christine is on the board of Stem Cell Collection, the board of certification for 3D Scans and Fellowship with the AIDA. The AGD has approved her company Links 2 Success as a national provider of PACE continuing education credits. Taxin’s workbooks "Introduction to Medical Billing", Introduction to CT Scan Billing" and "Oral Surgery and Implant Surgery" have been received by many as the go to workbook for training. In 2020 she will be able to offer certification tests thru Q’Pro. The test is administered by the AMA and the courses are from the manuals that are on our websites.
Teresa Duncan ad- dresses topics such as insurance coding and office manager train- ing. Her memberships include the National Speakers Association and the National Association of Dental Plans. She has been named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry and is the author of Moving Your Patients to Yes: Easy Insurance Conversations as well as a contributing author to the ADA’s annual CDT Companion Guides. Her podcast "Nobody Told Me That!" provides regular coding and management updates. Teresa received her master’s degree in health care management.
Dennis McHugh is the manager of third party payer advocacy for the American Dental Association and works in the Practice Insti- tute’s Center for Dental Benefits, Coding and Quality (CDBCQ). CDBCQ is the ADA agency responsible for promoting resources and information on dental benefit plans to employers and member dentists. In addition, CDBCQ responds to requests and helps resolve problems from member dentists regard- ing concerns and questions with the CDT Code. He has been with the ADA for 20 years and prior to that spent seven years working for the American Association of Orthodontists.
McHugh graduated from Southeast Mis- souri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administra- tion and an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science.
An important business decision any dentist makes is whether or not to sign a PPO agreement. There are many consid- erations a dentist should take into ac- count before signing. This presentation will discuss common contractual clauses within third-party payer contracts and their potential financial implications on a dental practice. These include most favored nation, affiliate carrier, recoup- ment clauses and more. In addition, dentists will receive information on what questions to ask before signing an agree- ment and how to receive assistance. The ADA and AAPD have resources available to help.
Learning Lab: Fatten Up Your Patient Base and Skinny Down Your Kids
Susan Maples, D.D.S., M.S.B.A.
Addressing the losing battle against caries, childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Inspire your team and patients to make lasting behavior changes that affect their oral and systemic health with Hands-On Learning Lab(TM) and its benefits as a valuable re- ferral tool that will make yours a practice of distinction.
Learning Lab: An Overview of Medicaid: History, Advocacy, and Opportunity
Colleen Greene, D.M.D., M.P.H.
A large percentage of Americans are covered through Medicaid which is a unique federal-state partner- ship health insurance program. Dentist participation in the program is limited for a variety of reasons, many of which can be changed. Through persistent advocacy, dentists can influence Medicaid reform in their states.
Learning Lab: Are the Pediatricians Referring to You?
Craig Hollander, D.D.S.
A discussion of time- tested methods to increase referrals into your office by pediatri- cians and general den- tists and help increase your visibility within your professional community.
Learning Lab: Embracing You: Social Marketing your Dental Practice in a Post-Facebook World
Scott Childress
Fifteen years after the first Facebook post, it’s time for dentists to stop marketing to people, and begin communi- cating with them. We’ll look at how using new channels, along with an openness to display your unique "practice personal- ity" is the key to social media marketing success.
Learning Lab: Navigating Negotia- tions with Private Equity for the Sale of Your Practice
Jason Turner, M.B.A., D.M.D.
Present real life case study for practice ac- quisition proposal from Dental Service Organi- zation. I will provide a thorough presentation of the practice sale contract, employment contract and building lease contract. Legal, practical, financial and non-financial considerations of each contract will be presented.
Learning Lab: From Dentist to CEO: The Importance of Your Professional Development
Malika Azargoon
Leading a practice goes beyond what they teach you in dental school. This presenta- tion has tips and tricks for both new and established doctors and practices to continuously improve and perform at an even higher level.
Learning Lab: Essential Insurance, Investment, and Planning Strategies for Pediatric Dentists
Shawn Johnson, ChFC, CLU, CLTC
Identify personal and business insurance policies important to risk management protection. Discuss investment risk tolerance and its role in portfolio design as well as qualified and non-qualified investment accounts available to create wealth. Understand the importance of setting goals, implementing strategies, and following a well-designed plant to reach financial independence.
MiniClinics: Conducting Effective Performance Reviews
Aaron Stump, D.D.S.
Motivating and em- powering your team is one of the most impor- tant practice manage- ment skills. One of the key ways to do this is by conducting effective performance reviews. Stump will share an effective, systematic, and structured approach to performance reviews.
MiniClinics: Marketing Metrics | How Does Your Office Stand Up?
Jarod Johnson, D.D.S.
Marketing a pediatric dental office in today’s environment is chal- lenging. Many avenues exist that practices can utilize to reach clients.
Determining the right plan to attract and retain patients must be soundly based in data analytics. This session will review average cost per acquisition and discuss marketing strate- gies.
Early Career Dentist Course: Debt Management Strategies
Chris Sands
Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
Early Career Dentist Course: Providing Outstanding Customer Service
Arnie Weiss, B.A., D.D.S., M.Sc.D.,
F.A.C.D. and Kathy J. Pauze
Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
String of Pearls: Pedi- atric Dental Practice Compliance Consider- ations
Lisa Shilman, D.D.S., F.A.A.P.D.
Our presentation would offer providers actionable and practical advice on how to assess and implement a compliance program for their practice, regardless of size, to help keep patients and employ- ees safe, and the practice in compliance with various regulatory bodies.
String of Pearls: Key Digital Marketing Strategies in a "Post-Covid" World
Scott Childress
From website functionality, to social media messaging, and a coming-of-age for online reviews, we’ll look at impor- tant ways your online presence needs to adapt to meet the needs and expecta- tions of parents in the age of "the new normal."
150. Rethinking ECC in the Era of Precision Medicine: Novel Clinical Insights Gained from Human Genome, Oral Microbiome, and Machine Learning Applications
Kimon Divaris, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Do you want to know the four elements that are changing our understanding of ECC? New knowledge from clinical studies, ‘omics, and machine learning bring inevitable paradigm shifts in our appreciation of children’s oral health and disease. Translating these new big data into simple yet precise algorithms is both the greatest challenge and the greatest opportunity. By attending this seminar, participants will become familiar with fundamental concepts, latest research, and integrative clinical, ‘omics, and machine learning applications, aiming to better classify, predict, and manage ECC.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Reflect on the strengths and limita- tions of the current case definition of ECC and appreciate the value of embracing a precise clinical disease classification system.
  • Understand the relevance and specific contributions of emerging omics information (e.g., human genome, oral microbiome, and metabolome) for the diagnosis, classification, and management of ECC.
  • Prepare for the advent of machine learning and other informatics applications that leverage clinical, behavioral, epidemiologic, and integrated omics information to inform clinical decision-making for the oral health care of children. 
Kimon Divaris is as- sociate professor in the Division of Pediatric and Public Health and the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A board-certified pediatric dentist, he is actively involved in teaching at all levels, clinical practice and research. He is an oral and genetic epidemiologist, with a research focus lying in the intersection of clinical, biological, and public health research for precision pediatric oral health applica- tions. His NIH-funded research program includes genomics studies of early child- hood caries, the oral microbiome, and integrative clinical and omics investiga- tions. He has received several major awards and has had substantial scholarly and editorial activity. Currently, he stud- ies the interplay between biological (i.e., multi-omics), behavioral, environmental and social determinants of early child- hood caries in the context of a large, multi-ethnic, community-based cohort of preschool-age children in North Carolina.
Early Career Dentist Course: Chairside Space Maintenance
E. LaRee Johnson, D.D.S., M.S.
Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
Early Career Dentist Course: Third Molar Update
Daniel Hammer, D.D.S.
Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
String of Pearls: Optimizing Out- comes: How and When to Make the Difficult Decision to Extract Perma- nent Molars
David M. Avenetti, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H.
First permanent molars affected by caries, Molar Incisor Hypomin- eralization, and other pathologies present clinicians with the diffi- cult decision to restore or extract teeth with guarded prognoses. This presentation will review clinical cases and describe protocols for timing balancing and compensating extractions (opposing and contralateral molars) to achieve favorable outcomes.
String of Pearls: Fantastic Firsts: Making the Most of the First Visit with Oral Health and Wellness
Lavanya Venkateswaran, D.D.S.
The first visit for patients at your office provides a unique opportunity to con- nect with parents and understand the family’s oral health attitudes and lifestyle. This presentation high- lights key points to maximize preventive oral health and make oral wellness a priority in their child’s life.
String of Pearls: Applications of the Intraoral Scanners for the Pediatric Patients
Fouad Salama, D.D.S.
Intraoral scanners (IOS) are devices for capturing direct optical impressions into 3D surface models are the result of the optical impression. Images captured by IOS are found to be more effective in promoting treatments for children by parents because of their clar- ity in representation of caries and other issues.
String of Pearls: Saving Lives: Educat- ing Parents about HPV Vaccination
Daniel Hammer, D.D.S.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is associat- ed with Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancers (OOPC) and a vaccine has been avail- able since 2006. However, the incidence continues to rise. To correct this trend, we will arm you with data to discuss the topic with parents and possibly save a child’s life.
250. Bioactive Materials
Gerard Kugel, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Adhesives, Direct Restoratives and Bioactive Materials
There is a plethora of bonding agents, composites and cements on the market. This program reviews new materials and techniques in an effort to improve our treatment outcomes from prevention to restoration highlighting bioactive/ biomimetic materials. We will review techniques and tools to enhance the long-term maintenance of your patients’ dentition and helping prevent the need for future restoration. Questions are arising as to the longevity and appropri- ateness of our current resin material sys- tems and the new generation of bond- ing agents. Researchers have begun to develop advanced acid-base restorative alternatives to help with the limitations we see with our restorative and luting needs. We will discuss these new materi- als and how they can help us produce more long-lasting bioactive and protec- tive restorations as well as improve our bonding results.
Topics covered include:
  • Advantages & disadvantages of the different generations of bonding
  • Self-etch and enamel bonds
  • Avoiding post-operative sensitivity
  • Research data
  • Understand why resin bonded res- torations and bonding systems are being questioned
  • Bioactive materials - learn what they are and how they work 
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Describe what bioactive dental materials are and their importance to patient care.
  • Identify several causes of post-oper- ative sensitivity.
  • Compare different bonding systems and techniques to maximize clinical results based on scientific evidence.
Gerard Kugel is associ- ate dean for Research and professor of Com- prehensive Care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. With an expertise in Clinical Research and Esthetic Dentistry, he is a reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine, JADA, The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and the Clini- cians Report. He is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Compendium and Inside Dentistry, where his is Editor Emeritus. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Dental Materials. Kugel is on the Board of Directors of the CR Foundation and has his Ph.D. in Dental Materials and his Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Kugel has published over 150 articles and over 300 abstracts in the field of restorative materials and techniques. He has given over 400 lectures both nation- ally and internationally. Kugel is part of a group practice, the Trinity Dental Center in Boston, Mass.
String of Pearls: SMITR (or SMART) with Biodentine
Juan Yepes. D.D.S., M.D., M.P.H., M.S., DrPH
This 15-minute pre- sentation will review the SMITR (or SMART) technique within the frame of minimally invasive pediatric den- tistry. The use of dentin substitute (Biodentine) will be included in the presentation.
String of Pearls: Predictable Results with Anterior Zirconia Crowns
Lawrence Yanover, D.D.S., PhD
A step-by-step guide to placement of anterior zirconia crowns from case selection to final cementation. This will include evidence based recommendations as well as suggestions based on many completed cases.
String of Pearls: CADCAM Utilization for the Pediatric Dentist
Jillian Seglem D.D.S.
CADCAM technology has come so far and is underutilized in Pediatric Den- tistry. This presentation will explore how CADCAM technology can be implement- ed with the pediatric dental population.
String of Pearls: Chalky Teeth in Children: A View from Down Under
Mala Desai, B.D.Sc., M.D.Sc.
Developmental dental defects (D3) pose a significant challenge to clinicians worldwide.
Clinical cases and experiences managing children with chalky teeth will be presented. Furthermore, a summary of recent research findings
and valuable online resources from the "Chalky Teeth Campaign", an initiative from D3 Group down under will be shared.
310. Safe Sedation for Pediatric Dental Practices
Jason Maynes, Ph.D., M.D.
Patient sedation and analgesia are key components of many pediatric dental practices. In this interactive session, attendees will assess pharmacologic choices, routes of administration, and eligible patient evaluation. Safe sedation practices, including monitoring, will be viewed in the context of modern guide- lines and legal decisions.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • To understand how sedative phar- maceuticals act in the body, includ- ing potential adverse effects.
  • To learn and understand safe monitoring protocols for sedation in dental practice.
  • To understand how to evaluate se- dation risk by location, patient and pharmacology. 
Jason T. Maynes is the holder of the Wasser Chair in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and is the Director of Re- search for the Depart- ment of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. He completed his graduate degree in Biophysics with doctoral and post-doctoral training at the University of Alberta, University of California Berkeley, Los Alamos National Weapons Lab and Washington Univer- sity in St. Louis. His clinical training was completed at the University of Alberta, Stanford University and Washington Uni- versity in St. Louis, moving from St. Louis to Toronto in 2012. His research primarily involves finding new ways to quantify drug action, both therapeutic and toxic, including how to improve the clinical ef- fect of anesthetics and pain medications. His lab has developed new therapies for heart failure, modeling cardiac function using stem-cell derived tissue, and has created platform technologies that measure cardiomyocyte function for the purposes of drug discovery. He holds patents and intellectual property around new therapies for heart failure, novel methods for quantifying cardiomyocyte function and for anti-viral small molecule therapies. His lab is currently funded by the CIHR, NSERC, Canada Foundation for Innovation, The Ontario Research Fund and The Labatt Family Heart Center, in addition to funding from pharmaceutical and venture capital groups. He is a mem- ber of the CIHR College of Reviewers and is a member of the Scientific Boards for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesi- ologists.
Sponsored by Sedation Resource
Early Career Dentist Course: Oral Sedation Licensing & Safety for New Pediatric Dentists
Shari Kohn, D.D.S.
Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care
String of Pearls: Peri-operative Considerations in Children Undergoing General Anesthesia
Sara Ahmed, D.M.D.
This session will discuss clinical pearls and key considerations to maximize peri- operative safety in children undergoing general anesthesia for dental procedures with the following conditions: Down Syndrome, bleeding disorders, metabolic disorders, Muscular Dystrophy and Wil- liam Syndrome.
Special Health Care Needs
Learning Lab: Serving Special Needs Patients in a Dedicated Practice
Kyle Guerin, M.B.A.
Sharing best practices and operational tips for running a practice that focuses on special needs patients.
Tethered Oral Tissues
MiniClinics: Oh So Tied! – Collabora- tive Care for Best Outcomes and Pre- vention of Adverse Events
Rishita Jaju, D.M.D.
Recently there has been a great increase in inter- est and awareness of in- fant frenectomy among pediatric dentists. This presentation will focus on collaborative care with allied health care providers such as LCs, SLPs, Pediatricians, PT or CST provid- ers to provide comprehensive care and optimal sequence of steps for the best outcomes.
MiniClinics: Real World Tongue and Lip-Tie Assessment and Treatment Strategies
Richard T. Baxter, D.M.D., M.S.
It seems as if every parent recently is ask- ing about tongue and lip-ties. This evidence- based and clinically- informed presentation will provide clarity to the real issues a restricted tongue can cause throughout the lifespan. A review of the literature, clinical cases, diagnos- tic criteria, assessment techniques, and treatment recommendations will be discussed.
Learning Lab: Integrating Laser Dentistry into your Pediatric Care
Ben Curtis, D.D.S.
A discussion on what an all tissue dental laser can be used for in a pediatric dental setting. Reviewing basic laser science and safety, identify common barriers with lasers, and identify ways to overcome those obstacles. Also focusing on how laser technology can be benificial for patients and practitioners.
110. Trauma Guideline Update
Anne O’Connell, BABDentSc M.S.
Traumatic dental injuries occur frequent- ly in children and adolescents, and man- agement following a traumatic dental injury can be difficult for the patient and the dental team. The International As- sociation of Dental Traumatology (IADT) updated the guidelines on management of acute traumatic dental injuries in 2020. These revised guidelines are based on best available evidence and adher- ence to them are intended to maximize the probability of a favorable outcome following a dental injury. This presenta- tion will review the updated guidelines, explain the rationale for, and refer to the evidence for statements and decisions made in this 2020 revision. Controversial areas will be addressed and discussed.
The structure of the guidelines and their use as reference will be explained. The goal is to update the clinician on the knowledge base on the emergency management of traumatic dental injuries and to demonstrate the format of the guidelines. Pediatric dentists have an important role to play in the appropriate management of the child patient who presents with a traumatic dental injury.
Upon completion of this course, attend- ees will be able to:
  • Understand the structure of the guidelines.
  • Be knowledgeable in the healing po- tential of oral tissue following injury.
  • Understand the scientific rationale for the management of acute dental injury in primary and permanent dentitions  
Anne C. O’Connell is associate professor of pediatric dentistry at Trinity College Dublin. O’Connell trained in Paediatric Dentistry at Eastman Dental Center, N.Y., and also completed a degree in Cariology from the University of Rochester, New York. She held teach- ing positions in Eastman Dental Center and University of Maryland at Baltimore. Subsequently O’Connell was recruited to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Bethesda, where she continued in both clinical and basic science research and became director of the clinical research core at NIDCR, NIH. She returned to Ireland and was appointed senior lecturer/consultant in pediatric dentistry in 2000. O’Connell is the program director for pediatric dentistry and leads the trauma clinic. She has numerous peer-reviewed publica- tions in both basic science and pediatric dentistry journals. Her areas of interest include cariology, pulp therapy, trauma, infant oral health and developmental defects of the dentition. She serves on the editorial boards as well as national and international scientific committees/ organizations. O’Connell also maintains a private practice limited to pediatric dentistry in Sandycove, Co Dublin.
Learning Lab: Pediatric Dental Trauma
Kelly A. Kirtland, D.D.S., M.S. Nutrition, M.A. Educational Administration
Pediatric dental trauma will be presented with common pediatric soft tissue and dental trauma and recom- mended management techniques.
130. GSRA Research Fellowship Awards
The GSRA award recipients will present their research and answer questions. The 2019-20 Research Award Recipients will also present their research.
270. International Oral Presentations PD, DT, S
Are you interested in what’s happening globally with pediatric dentistry? Attend this session and hear from experienced international pediatric dentists. Check the AAPD 2021 website in March for further topic and speaker details.
Newly Emerged: Pediatric Dental Conversations
AAPD Introduces A New Podcast for Residents & Early Career Dentists
Newly Emerged series is AAPD’s newest podcast that will launch at the end of January! This new series will include topics that will be specifically targeted to residents and early career dentists.
Join our host, Dr. Joel Berg, as he dives into topics such as:
  • Debt management
  • Loan repayment
  • Associateship questions
  • Negotiations
  • Hiring & firing for the first time
  • And more!
We will have residents guiding the content, topics, and guests to ensure the podcast is delivering exactly what you want to hear. AAPD also welcomes any and all ideas for episodes! Email with any topics that you think would be of interest to residents and new dentists. Subscribe to Newly Emerged and listen to new episodes, released every fourth Tuesday of the month. Listen on, Spotify, iTunes, Android, and Google Podcasts.
Don’t worry, Pedo Teeth Talk will still be releasing episodes on it’s normal schedule in order to provide members with quality con- tent. Newly Emerged will be an additional podcast, focusing specifically on early career dentists, but anyone is welcome to listen!

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