Prashant Gagneja, BDS, MDS

 Prashant Gagneja BDS, MDS


Prashant Gagneja BDS, MDS

Saturday, April 14, 2012
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Recommended for: Entire Dental Team
ODA Course
2 CE Credits

“First Tooth” Pregnancy and Beyond

This course will describe a model of early examination, risk assessment, anticipatory guidance and prevention during pregnancy and through early childhood, resulting in a healthier mother and child. Dr. Gagneha will discuss the link between a mother’s oral health and her children and the safety of treating pregnant women. The focus will be on dental treatment during pregnancy, the relation of oral health to pregnancy outcomes, and prenatal caries prevention in the infant. Karen Hall will present an evidence-based model called First Tooth, preventing early childhood caries through medical and dental provider education and collaboration. National organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics support an oral health screening and caries risk assessment by 6 months of age by a qualified pediatric professional and the establishment of a dental home by age 1. The focus will be on providing the scientific rationale for an early caries risk assessment and dental visits, as well as providing professional guidelines for both medical and dental providers. The session includes guidance on how to manage children's behavior and provide anticipatory guidance to parents/caregivers. Practical tools and methods for integrating early childhood caries prevention services into your practice will be provided.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of good oral health and the need for dental care during pregnancy
  • Describe the "First Tooth" program
  • Discuss the value of collaborative partnerships across disciplines to implement successful oral health promotion and early childhood tooth decay prevention efforts
  • Understand the need for initiating routine oral health screening by first tooth eruption and establishing a dental home by age 1
  • Explain the purpose in utilizing aggressive non-invasive treatment options for caries stabilization


Dr. Gagneja received his dental degree from Punjabi University, India in 1994. He completed his masters in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry in 1999 from Guru Nanak Dev University, India and a second residency in Pediatric Dentistry from UMDNJ, New Jersey in 2003. He is a Board certified Pediatric Dentist and has served as the Chairman of Pediatric Dentistry at OHSU from 2004 to 2011. Currently he works part-time for a dental group in Vancouver.