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Innovations in the Prevention and Treatment

of Early Childhood Caries


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Thursday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 24

Turf Valley Resort and Convention Center in Ellicott City, Md.

early_eccDuring this conference, presenters will discuss evidence-based reviews that assess the potential of current and emerging approaches that address early childhood caries (ECC) prevalence, treatment, and guidelines. Conference partners include the DentaQuest Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Eleven (11) CDE credit hour will be awarded to participants.



Thursday, Oct. 23

Morning Session, 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
Norman Tinanoff, DDS, MS, director of the division of pediatric dentistry, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Moderator: William Maas, DDS, MPH, MS, clinical professor, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Session 1: The changes in prevalence and measurement of ECC

Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH, dental epidemiology officer, Centers for Disease Control, and Kuei-ling Hsu, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Session 2: The clinical, environmental and behavioral factors that foster ECC
Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, associate professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Session 3: Evidence of effectiveness of current therapies to treat ECC
Svante Twetman, professor of cariology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Vineet Dhar, DDS, MS, PhD, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Dentistry


Lunch: 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.


Afternoon Session, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Moderator: Joel Berg, DDS, MS, dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry

Session 4: Methods to alter the microbiota associated with ECC
Yihong Li, DDS, MPH, DrPH, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, New York University School of Dentistry, and Anne Tanner, BDS, PhD, senior member of staff, The Forsyth Institute; associate professor in oral medicine, infection and immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Session 5: The IHS Early Childhood Caries Collaborative
Tim Ricks, DMD, MPH, area dental officer and co-chair of the Early Childhood Caries Collaborative, Indian Health Services

Session 6: Medical and dental evidence of effectiveness of motivational interviewing to alter health behaviors of mothers
Belinda Borrelli, PhD, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, Brown University, and Erin Tooley, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Session 7: Effectiveness of new technologies on altering health behaviors
Kimberly Hieftje, PhD, associate research scientist at Yale University School of Medicine


Reception: 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 24

Morning Session, 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Francisco Ramos Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH, director of the pediatric dentistry preceptorship program, UCLA School of Dentistry

Session 8: Medical and dental evidence of effectiveness of chronic disease management strategies for ECC
Man Wai Ng, DDS, MPH, chief of the Department of Dentistry at Children's Hospital of Boston, and Burt Edelstein, DDS, MPH, professor of dentistry and health policy and management at Columbia University

Session 9: Preventing ECC by integrating oral health into overal health care: the needs and evidence
Melinda Clark, MD, Albany Medical College and Joanna Douglass, DDS, associate professor at UConn Health Center

Session 10: The barriers and facilitators to transforming to primary and secondary approaches to prevent and treat ECC
Rob Compton, DDS, executive director of DentaQuest Institute

Session 11: What we know, what we learned, where we need to go
Raul Garcia, DMD, professor and chair, Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research, Boston University School of Dental Medicine

Conference adjourns at 12 p.m.


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Hotel reservation information: see below

Reserve by Sept. 23 to receive the special room rate.

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Turf Valley Resort and Convention Center

2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042
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When making reservations online or by phone, use the group code 27V8EF to receive the special rate of $129 per night.