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Pediatric Dentistry

Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry Lecture Series

The department has established the “Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry Lecture Series” as a mechanism to bring outstanding clinicians and researchers to present the latest information in their areas of expertise. This provides a wonderful opportunity for scholarly exchange and provides a venue for the Pediatric Dentistry Residents to meet and talk with experts from outside UNC.

Our first lecture titled “Pulp Therapy in the 21st Century” was given by Dr. Stephen C. Mitchell on October 17, 2008.  Dr. Mitchell is an Associate Professor at UAB School of Dentistry and is the Director of Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry.  He gave an excellent overview of the different therapeutic approaches and clinical evidence for success of different pulp medicaments and treatments.

This very interesting seminar was followed by Dr. Joe Camp, who presented “Pupal Management of Primary and Young Permanent Teeth” on April 8, 2009.  Dr. Camp is an internationally known expert and lecturer on this topic and is a dual trained endodontist and pediatric dentist who is in private practice in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Homa Amini who is the Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program Director at the University of Ohio presented a seminar titled “Developing, Sustaining, and Benefiting from Prenatal and Infant Oral Health Programs: the Ohio Experience”. on November 13, 2009.

Dr. Brian Martin who is the Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program Director at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania presented a seminar titled “Management of Complex Dentoalveolar Trauma: Practice and Pitfalls” and “Peri-intraoperative Management of the Williams Syndrome Patient: Saying NO to NPO on April 30, 2010.

Dr. Ted Croll who is a private practitioner at Doylestown Dental Associates in Doylestown, PA presented a seminar titled “Pediatric Restorative Dentistry: Update” on May 13, 2011.

Dr. Kevin Donly who is Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas presented a seminar titled “The use of glass ionomer cement in pediatric restorative dentistry” and “Vital tooth bleaching for children: From whitening to camouflaging white spot lesions” on November 18, 2011.

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez who is a Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of California at Los Angeles presented a seminar titled “Caries Prediction, Detection and Management in Infants and Children” on May 4, 2012.

Dr. Ronald A. Bell who is a Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina where he serves as Director of the Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics presented a seminar titled “Cuisine Art Orthodontics” - Slicing and Dicing To Relieve Lower Crowding In the Mixed Dentition With Guidance of Eruption and Space Supervision Procedures on November 9, 2012.

Dr. Marcio da Fonseca who is a Lewis-Law Professor and Director of the Pediatric Dental Graduate Program at the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Seattle Children’s Hospital presented a seminar titled “Selected topics in oral and dental care of medically compromised children” on May 3, 2013.

Dr. Sarath “Bobby” Thikkurissy who is a Professor and Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital presented a seminar titled “Pharmacological Behavior Management in the 21st Century: Parental Expectation, State Regulation and Risk Prevention” on November 8, 2013.

Dr. Page Caufield who is a Professor in Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University School of Dentistry and a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology presented a seminar titled “The Role of Perinatal Events on Severe Childhood Caries” on May 2, 2014.

Our goal is to have two Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry Lectures a year and continue this wonderful exchange of scholarly ideas.  If you would like to attend one of our seminars please contact our office as space is limited.  We will continue to get the word out as they are scheduled and you can get the latest updates on the Department’s web site at:(