The Eighth Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Dentistry Symposium
TUITION – price includes lunch:
This course is expected to sell out. Please register early to reserve your spot!
CREDITS: 7 hours
This program was established by a grant in 1985 by a generous contribution from the Washington Dental Service Foundation that is matched by the Washington State Legislature. The primary responsibility of the professorship is to plan and conduct a triennial international symposium on state-of-the-art issues facing dentistry.
Oral Health for a Lifetime
This program highlights different stages of life and unique oral health issues and considerations encountered during each stage. National experts in pregnancy, infants and toddlers, adolescents, adults and seniors will present on their respective topics.
Previous Distinguished Professors in Dentistry
- Dr. Charles L. Bolender, 1989 – 1992
- Dr. Karl-Ake H. Omnell, 1993 – 1995
- Dr. Roy C. Page, 1996 – 1998
- Dr. Samuel F. Dworkin, 1999 – 2001
- Dr. Paul Robertson, 2002 – 2004
- Dr. Greg King, 2005 – 2007
- Dr. Philip Worthington, 2008 – 2010
Current Distinguished Professor: Dean Joel Berg
JOEL BERG became Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in August 2012. Prior to that, he was the Chair of Pediatric Dentistry, dental director for Seattle Children’s and Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs at the School of Dentistry. Dean Berg obtained his DDS, a certificate in pediatric dentistry and an MS in oral biology from the University of Iowa. Before joining the UW, he also served on dental faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas. He is currently president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and was recently chosen to be a national spokesman for a public service advertising campaign to promote dental health.
Dean Berg has authored or co-authored more than 100 abstracts, articles and chapters, and is co-editor of a textbook on early childhood oral health. His current research includes innovative new technologies for early detection of caries, one of his principal research and academic interests. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists, as well as a board director of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. In 2011, he was named the eighth Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor for Dentistry.
Speakers and Topics
The Challenges of Putting Quality of Life Center Stage in Dentistry
Philippe Hujoel, PhD, DDS, MSD, MS– Keynote Speaker
Most professional and governmental organizations now agree that treatment assessments should be based on survival and quality-of-life measures, and not on disease-oriented measures. This agreement can create challenging conundrums. Difficult questions await us in dentistry where quality-of-life outcomes such as chewing comfort bear little or no relationship to disease-oriented outcomes such as masticatory efficiency. We will explore the immediate and the long-term consequences of putting quality-of-life center-stage in dentistry.
- Define patient- and disease-oriented outcomes.
- Name some landmark medical disasters caused by reliance on disease-oriented outcomes.
- Be aware that patient-oriented outcomes are susceptible to placebo-effects.
- Improve clinical success by making the placebo-effect work to your benefit.
PHILIPPE HUJOEL is a Professor at the UW School of Dentistry and spends one day per week in a periodontal practice. He has been involved in the area of Evidence-Based Dentistry since its inception. He was a founding Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice and served on the Council of Scientific Affairs and the Evidence-Based Dentistry Advisory Committee of the American Dental Association (ADA). He has been a member of several expert panels appointed by professional and government organizations responsible for providing evidence-based guidelines. His current research focuses on the role of nutrition in general and oral health. He has published nine book chapters and has over 100 refereed articles in leading dental and medical journals including JDR, JAMA, JADA, Diabetes Care, and the American Journal of Epidemiology. He was a recent recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award. He has an MS in biostatistics from Free University of Brussels, and an MSD in periodontics and a PhD in epidemiology, both from the University of Washington.
Pregnancy: Oral Health Considerations
James N. Sledge IV, DDS, FACD, FICD
Many dentists are reluctant to provide dental care for pregnant women. This reluctance is usually the result of inadequate training, misperceptions and/or fear of litigation. This course attempts to address these barriers and makes the case for the desirability of routine care for women throughout their pregnancy.
- Understand the demographics of pregnant women receiving dental care.
- Identify reasons dentists don’t provide care.
- Describe evidence for safe delivery of care.
- Reduce dentists’ fear of litigation.
- Explore measures to increase the number of pregnant women receiving care.
JAMES SLEDGE is the Regional Clinical Director for the UW School of Dentistry RIDE program. He obtained his DDS from UW in 1979. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, a fellow in the International College of Dentists. He has served on the Washington State board of Health since 2011 and he is a member of the National Inter-professional Initiative on Oral Health.
Early Childhood Caries: the Impact on the Oral Health Quality of Life of infants, Toddlers and Their Families
Jessica Lee, DDS, MPH, PhD
The significance of the consequences of early childhood caries (ECC) is gaining the acknowledgment of professional organizations, child advocacy groups and policymakers. Although the clinical consequences are evident, ECC is the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood and that confer well-documented psychological, social, and financial impacts on both the child and the family. Despite improvements in many oral health indicators over the last decades, ECC in particular has increased among vulnerable pediatric populations in the US and beyond. This is a major public health issue because dental caries may affect children’s social and psychological well-being and has been linked to missed school days, parental lost work time, direct and indirect costs, and more. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the social, emotional and financial effects of ECC on children in their families.
- Describe the etiology and prevention of early childhood caries.
- Discuss the impact of early childhood caries on the quality of life if infants, toddlers and their families.
- Understand the social, emotional and financial effects of ECC on children in their families.
- Discuss policies and programs targeting ECC
JESSICA Y. LEE is a Professor on the faculty of both the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves as the Director of the School of Dentistry’s Health Services Research Program and Graduate Program Director for the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. Dr. Lee received her MPH and DDS degrees from Columbia University and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a board certified Pediatric Dentist, an active member of the medical staff at UNC Hospitals, and she practices in the Dental Faculty Practice at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Lee is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2008 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Jerome Miller “For the Kids” Award; the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama in 2010; and she was named the 2011 “Pediatric Dentist of the Year” by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Quality of Life – Adolescents
Art Nowak, DMD, MS
This presentation will present the unique characteristics of the adolescent patient as they transition from pediatric to adult care and health risk behaviors that contribute to their dental oral health.
- Understand the oral health status of the adolescent patient.
- Identify changes in behavior and know how they affect oral health.
- Show how high-risk activities such as use of recreational drugs, painkillers, alcohol, tobacco products and how they affect oral health.
- Discuss difficulties in motivating adolescents to care for their oral health.
ARTHUR NOWAK is a pediatric dentist of wide repute and accomplishment who is Executive Director, Emeritus of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. His past accomplishments include past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, consultant in Pediatric Dentistry to the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation, chair of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, president of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, member, board of directors, American Society of Dentistry for Children, trustee, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, consultant to four national advocacy organizations, consultant to the Surgeon General’s Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Nowak is the author of numerous articles, and contributor to several authoritative books on the subject of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Nowak is also recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and the Manuel M. Album Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Ethics and Esthetics
Larry Kuhl, DDS, MEd
This presentation will highlight the historical foundation of Dentistry’s ethical principles and correlate that information with the incredible advances in esthetic restorative options as a basis for current and future ethical decision making in esthetic dentistry.
- Understand the background for our current ADA code of ethics.
- Recognize what is being taught in dental schools today regarding ethical decision making.
- Understand the dynamic and evolving area of esthetics in dentistry.
- Recognize when and how our ethical responsibilities pertain to managing patient esthetic desires.
LARRY KUHL had a distinguished 25-year career in the Navy Dental Corps. He served as Commanding Officer for two Naval Dental Centers, Department Chairman and director for a two-year Dental Residency Training Program, and spent four years on the White House Presidential Support Team providing direct clinical care for two U.S. presidents, their families and staff. Dr. Kuhl earned his DDS degree from the University of Iowa and his certificate in Comprehensive Dentistry at the Naval Graduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland. He also earned a Masters’ Degree in Education at George Washington University. He has a current faculty position at the UW School of Dentistry and previously held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Dr. Kuhl is a diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry and served as an examining member of that Board for six years. He was awarded Fellowship status in the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He currently serves as the senior dental consultant for the Washington Dental Service
Ageing Successfully: Will You Still Need Me? Will You Still Treat Me When I’m 64?
Linda C. Niessen, DMD, MPH
Aging successfully includes a healthy dentition. This program will discuss the unique oral health needs of an aging population. The program will examine common medical conditions and the medications patients take that increase their risk for caries, periodontal disease and other oral problems. It will discuss preventive strategies that can benefit even your oldest patients.
- List the 5 most common chronic diseases in older adults.
- Identify conditions that increase risk of caries, root caries, periodontal disease, in older adults and develop preventive protocols for these diseases.
- Outline preventive strategies that can benefit older adults.
LINDA C. NIESSEN currently serves as Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for DENTSPLY International where she oversees Professional Relations, Clinical Education and Corporate Communications. In addition, Dr. Niessen holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas where she teaches geriatric dentistry and dental public health. She has been active in the dental profession throughout her career having served as President of the American Association of Women Dentists, President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, President of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and President of the Dallas County Dental Society. Dr. Niessen received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico and her DMD, her MPH and her MPP, all from Harvard University.
The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.
University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.