WSPD Hot Topics

Thu, 16 Mar
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grand Ballroom
CEUs: 4 Hours CE Credits

WSPD Hot Topics

Don’t Be Left at the Station: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) embedded dental plans and shifts in reimbursement and Delivery of Pediatric Dentistry

Listen to the experts discuss how the ACA has affected our healthcare reimbursement and clinical practice as it continues to influence the approach to dental and medical treatment. Learn how the Triple Aim is affecting delivery of better health outcomes, lower costs, and improved patient plus provider satisfaction. Take away new strategies and tactics which can be used to deliver better oral care, improve the health of populations and reduce per- capita costs.

As healthcare continues to become increasingly complex and demanding, health care delivery in medicine and dentistry is migrating from a volume to a value-based model.

This presentation will elaborate on the interrelationship of medicine and dentistry which is needed to manage the overall patient allowing prediction and treatment of disease impacting quality of life and optimal health care.

Speakers include:
Andrew P. Soderstrom, DDS, Executive Director of CSPD
Arthur J. Nowak, DMD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Dentistry and Pediatrics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Medicine and affiliate professor at the School of Dentistry at the University of Washington in Seattle
Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota
Paul Reggiardo, DDS, Public Policy Advocate, CSPD
James J. Crall, DDS, ScD, Professor and Chair of the Division of Public Health & Community Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry
Cambria L. Garell MD, Associate Program Director, UCLA Pediatric Residency Program, Primary Care and Public Health Track
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The Birth of the First Appointment: Infant Dental Care

Arthur J. Nowak, DMD
G.V. Back in 1937 stated that the best time to begin oral care, “as soon as the baby has a tooth”. When the first tooth erupts, parents celebrate! But do they start brushing? Do they make an appointment for a dental checkup?

Historically the child’s first dental appointment was prior to entering school as mandated by many States. So why has it taken so long for parents and the dental profession to embrace the early dental examination, at or around the eruption of the first tooth? The purpose of this presentation will be to chronologically document the birth of infant dental care from conception to the eruption of all primary teeth.


  • To demonstrate that the profession and society has been historically focused on repair of disease and not health promotion.
  • Discuss the importance of primary prevention.
  • Review the role of the dental and medical professions in oral care.
  • Document the involvement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in promoting early oral care.
  • Discuss the recommendations for preventive pediatric health care as developed by AAP and AAPD.
  • Discuss the total health team – physicians and dentists working together.

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How the Media Influences the Public Perception of Dentistry: Connecting the Dots

Elise W. Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH
Pediatricians ideally see a child seven times in the first year of life and are an invaluable resource for preventing and screening for oral disease. Partnerships between dentists and our medical colleagues represent a unique approach to providing timely preventive measures and anticipatory guidance. We will discuss the current pediatric oral health model and collaborative strategies for dentists and pediatricians.

Recently, dentistry has received an unprecedented amount of media coverage. These articles however, detail recommendations and advice that may only hold true for low caries-risk individuals. We will explore the recent headlines and examine how a potentially great public health tool could inadvertently disenfranchise the most vulnerable citizens.

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

  • Understand and identify partnerships with pediatricians to prevent and screen for oral disease
  • Critically analyze and respond to biased reports of dentistry in the media

Collaborating with Medical Primary Care to Improve Children’s Oral Health

James J. Crall, DDS, M.S., ScD
This session will provide an overview of the UCLA-First 5 LA 21st Century Dental Homes Project and Children’s Dental Care Program, highlighting the role of redesigning care delivery using quality improvement to enhance medical-dental integration in the care of young children and prenatal women.

  • Understand major barriers to early establishment of dental homes for high-risk children and steps taken to overcome these barriers in the UCLA-First 5 LA projects.
  • Be familiar with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series model of quality improvement and its application to oral health care in the UCLA-First 5 LA projects.
  • Gain an appreciation of how the steps taken to improve oral health care through the UCLA-First 5 LA projects can be applied more broadly to expand access to care through implementation of a risk-based integrated care pathway with defined roles for medical and dental care providers.

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