Continuing Dental Education

CE1652 Law/Lewis Lecture in Pediatric Dentistry

Morning: Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Caries Treatment for Children Afternoon: Modern Dental Imaging for the Pediatric Dentist

Joel Berg, DDS, MS and Johan Aps, DDS, MSc Ped. Dent., MSc DMFR, PhD

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Morning Topic

Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Caries Treatment for Children

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) has become the first drug for treating dental caries. It is safe, inexpensive, and simple to apply. Surveys in the U.S. show high levels of patient / parent preference compared to techniques requiring local anesthetic. With reapplication, SDF stops 80-90 percent of cavities, but not right away, and there are not clear indicators of which lesions will keep growing. Clinicians need to be prepared for the black staining and the fact that some lesions that will keep growing. This program will describe breakthroughs in the science and practice of arresting caries with SDF to interrupt the cycle of disease and restoration that occurs when the underlying problem is out of control. Early adoption has occurred in treatment of pre-cooperative children, patients with special health care needs, and older adults, but this is relevant to all patients with caries. Areas of focus include: clinical protocols, economics, integration with other caries management techniques, incorporation into restorative practice, and the evidence from clinical trials and mechanistic studies. The presentation aims to build a comprehensive understanding of how the use of SDF to treat and prevent dental caries interfaces with contemporary dentistry.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the mechanism of action of silver diamine fluoride.
  • Describe the method of using SDF.
  • Describe the indications and contraindications for SDF.
  • Discuss billing procedures for SDF.

Afternoon Topic

Modern Dental Imaging for the Pediatric Dentistry

Vendors and representatives attempt to convince many of us to drop two dimensional imaging and to shift to three dimensional imaging technology. The latter usually goes hand in hand with a higher radiation burden. However, justification, the first principle of radiation protection, states that the benefits of exposing patients to ionizing radiation should always outweigh the potential risks for the patients. At the same time every dental professional knows that children and patients with special needs do not always easily cope with intraoral and extraoral radiography. This lecture will cover facts and figures about radiation protection, specific imaging techniques and tricks one can apply for children and patients with special needs and non-ionizing radiation imaging techniques.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course you will be able to:

  • Put dental equivalent radiation doses in perspective to other diagnostic exposures and annual background radiation.
  • Apply both common and modified intraoral and extraoral imaging techniques.
  • Determine which intraoral or extraoral imaging technique is best in a specific situation.


Dr. BergJoel H. Berg is Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle. He is Professor in the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry and also holds the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health.

Dr. Berg is a board-certified pediatric dentist and was President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for 2012-13. Dr. Berg previously held positions as Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington from 2003-12, as Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Philips Oral Healthcare from 2000-03, Head of the Scientific Department for ESPE Dental AG from 1998-2000, and as Director of the Postgraduate/Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas, Houston from 1989-1995.

He is the author of the textbook Early Childhood Oral Health, and of numerous manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters on subjects including dental restorative materials for children and other work related to biomaterials. His current research interests include the development of dental caries prevention programs using risk assessment models and early childhood oral health, and he conducts clinical trials evaluating restorative dental materials and caries (dental decay) management in children.

Johan_ApsJohan Aps, a native from Belgium, obtained his DDS degree in 1993 at the University of Ghent in Belgium. He then obtained his pediatric dentistry degree in 1997 from the same university as well as his PhD in 2002. In 2008 he obtained a Master degree in dental and maxillofacial radiology at the University of London in Great Britain. He was part-time in private practice and faculty at the Ghent University between 1993 and 2004. Between 2004 and July 2012 he was full time faculty at the University of Ghent. Since July 2012 he is full time faculty at the University of Washington, where he currently is in charge of the division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He also runs ORIS (Oral Radiology Interpretation Service), a UW service. He is the author of several book chapters, peer-reviewed papers and associate editor for the Dentomaxillofacial Radiology Journal. He is a frequently asked speaker internationally and is also an expert on intraosseous local anesthesia.


  • Dr. Berg has served as a consultant for Hu-Friedy. Dr. Aps has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115

This course is designed for pediatric dentists, dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and office staff.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until the Wednesday before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird until December 30, 2016
$161.10/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$225.90/Current Dental Alumni Member

Until February 8, 2017(after, $25 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

7 hours

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.