Friday Morning Scientific Session

Fri, 17 Mar
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Grand Ballroom I & II
CEUs: 3 Hours CE Credits

Friday Morning Scientific Session

Infant Oral Health, Prevention and Motivational Interviewing and Silver Diamine Fluoride

This lecture session will provide background on early childhood oral health trends and review rationale and evidence of collaborative care in the developing child. Alternative treatment options as opposed to immediate restorative treatment will be discussed. The presentations will discuss oral health inequities which calls for evaluations of medical and dental collaboration to promote optimal oral health.

Sponsored by CSPD Foundation


Early Childhood Oral Health: Improving Collaborative Care in Clinical Practice

Rocio B. Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH
Course Description with objectives:

Oral health inequities call for an evaluation of medical and dental collaborations that can promote early childhood oral health. The integration of primary health care professionals and general dentists is key, as they are often the first in line to identify such disparities and can deliver preventive oral health services to help shift trajectories of oral health. This session will focus on pediatric oral health initiatives, using North Carolina as a case study to promote preventive oral health models in primary care settings. Dr. Quinonez will review educational initiatives that encourage collaborative care and address current barriers for successful early childhood oral health integration.


  • Provide background on early childhood oral health trends
  • Review rationale and evidence of collaborative care in early childhood
  • Review successes and opportunities to promote collaborative early childhood oral health care in clinical practice

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Infant Oral Health and Prevention: Motivational Interviewing and Sticky Situations

Maria Cordero-Ricardo, DMD, MS
Course Description with objectives:

Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered interaction originally designed for people presenting for substance abuse treatment to self-motivation and methods for positive change. In pediatric dentistry the most challenging substance abuse we face is sugar and refined carbohydrates. They are challenging to quit and everywhere in our daily lives. This session will give practitioners a new tool for counseling the families in their practices for successful prevention outcomes using techniques adapted for dentistry. At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the principles of motivational interviewing within the context of dentistry.
  • Reorganize the conversation during preventive visits to foster positive behavioral changes.

Alternative Treatment Option to Dental Restorations and Managing Caries

Elise W. Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH
Course Description with objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the current shift from a surgical management paradigm to a medical management of dental caries
  • Understand the benefits and indications for the use of silver diamine fluoride for arresting carious lesions in pediatric dentistry