Postponed to 2022 in person conference

Caries Prevention In a Modern World

Infants, Children, Adolescents & Special Health Care Needs Population

Description & Goals

The prevention and management of dental caries over the lifespan requires an understanding of the risk factors for developing dental caries and how these factors change over time. This conference comprises modern approaches to prevent caries, specifically but also not exclusively, in infants, children, adolescents and special health care needs population.

Consequently, conference topics will embrace different approaches to predict the risk of developing caries lesions in children. Challenges that patients with impairments and their caregivers face as well as the importance of integrating primary, mental, and oral health care and fostering collaborations among health professionals, scientists from different disciplines, and stakeholders will be discussed.

Dietary assessment and counselling for caries prevention and moreover drug-induced caries in children and its prevention and management will be emphasized. Conference key presentations will enlighten the available clinical evidence of silver diamine fluoride efficacy in preventing caries lesions. The question how newly available composites with bactericidal activity inhibit secondary caries as well as evidence from clinical trials of applying laser irradiation in caries prevention will be highlights of the conference.

Systems perspectives on caries prevention for children, and finally the state of currently available evidence on caries prevention in infants, children, adolescents and special needs population will round up the conference.

Program

7:30 - 8:00 am

Registration

WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT

Dr. Peter Rechmann, AAC president

SECTION 1

Caries Risk

8:15 - 8:45 am

It’s time to talk about Risk: What’s new? - Models to determine risk – factors that may decrease risk.

This presentation will provide an overview of existing evidence supporting different approaches to predict risk of developing caries lesions in children using data derived from children and/or primary caregivers, including use of emerging predictive analytics and big data methods. It will also discuss the evidence or lack of evidence of the impact of using risk-based models to improve health outcomes.

SPEAKER: Dr. Margherita Fontana , University of Michigan, USA

8:45 - 9:15 am

Prevention starts understanding condition-specific caries risk factors

This presentation will provide an overview of the different challenges that patients with impairments and caregivers face through the lenses of a clinician, parent, researcher, educator and advocate - with a focus on understanding condition-specific caries risk factors that can help clinicians identify successful prevention strategies. The evidence or lack of evidence to support this approach will be discussed.

SPEAKER: Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni , University of Iowa, USA

9:15 - 9:45 am

Discussion of Previous Presentation

MODERATORS: TBD

9:45 - 10:00 am

COFFEE BREAK

SECTION 2

The Interprofessional Role in Caries Prevention

10:00 - 10:30 am

Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Consideration in Caries Prevention for Vulnerable Populations

This presentation will emphasize the importance of integrating primary, mental, and oral health care and to foster collaborations between health professionals, scientists from different disciplines, and stakeholders to address the various dimensions of oral health needs of vulnerable populations with emphasis on children and will discuss available evidence for this approach for successful prevention of caries.

SPEAKER: Dr. Judith Haber , New York University, USA

10:30 - 11:00 am

Dietary Assessment and Counselling for Caries Prevention – What is the Evidence?

This presentation will review texture modifications prescribed for dysphagia, and changes in nutrient and energy requirements for children. The evidence on strategies to address the increased cariogenicity of the modified diets will be reviewed, and opportunities for research identified.

SPEAKER: Dr. Teresa Marshall, University of Iowa, USA

11:00 - 11:30 am

Drug-Related Caries in Children: Prevention & Treatment.

Pediatric patients are taking more chronic medications than ever before which means that we must contend with potential oral complications. Do we have evidence of increasing drug-induced caries in children? We will discuss recognition, avoidance, and homecare strategies designed to minimize the ongoing risk of drug-related caries in pediatric patients.

SPEAKER: Professor Karen Baker, University of Iowa, USA

11:30 - 12:00 pm

Discussion of Previous Presentation

MODERATORS: TBD

12:00 - 1:10 pm

LUNCH BREAK

SECTION 3

Evidence-based New Caries Preventive Strategies

1:10 - 1:40 pm

SDF for caries prevention

This presentation will be centered on available clinical evidence of the efficacy of silver diamine fluoride in preventing caries lesions.

SPEAKER: Dr. Chun Hung Chu, University of Hong Kong, China

1:40 - 2:10 pm

Are there bactericidal dental composites and how do they work?

How can we design an antibacterial composite without compromising its clinical properties? An overview of technologies as well as clinical results from the first FDA approved composite that inhibits enamel demineralization will be presented.

SPEAKER: Dr. Ervin Weiss, Tel Aviv University, Israel

2:10 - 2:40 pm

Can Lasers really help in Caries Prevention?

Why are specific lasers successful and efficient in altering acid prone carbonated enamel into more acid resistant hydroxyapatite? Evidence from clinical trials indicating significant demineralization prevention after applying short-pulsed carbon dioxide laser irradiation will be shown.

SPEAKER: Dr. Peter Rechmann, University of California San Francisco, USA

2:40 - 3:10 pm

Discussion of Previous Presentation

MODERATORS: TBD

3:10 - 3:30 pm

COFFEE BREAK

SECTION 3

What’s next?

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Systems Perspectives on Caries Prevention for Children

This presentation will debate approaches to support systems changes based on person-centered care models through interprofessional practices and value-based transformation, and advocacy to expand access to oral health care to vulnerable populations, including emphasis on caries prevention.

SPEAKER: Dr. Michael Monopoli, DentaQuest Partnership, USA

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Evidence and Research Needs

This presentation will provide a brief summary of the state of currently available evidence on caries prevention in children and a prioritized research agenda to address major gaps.

SPEAKER: Dr. Domenick Zero, Indiana University, USA

4:30 - 4:50 pm

Discussion of Previous Presentation

MODERATOR: Dr. Sandra Guzman-Armstrong

4:50 - 5:00 pm

BREAK

5:00 - 5:30 pm

AAC BUSINESS MEETING

5:30 - 6:30 pm

AAC SOCIAL HOUR

The conference is supported by

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 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.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for continuing education credits.