Karen Hall, RDH, LAP
Saturday, April 14, 2012
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Recommended for: Entire Dental Team
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
Ms. Hall received her B.S. in dental hygiene from OHSU in 1985. Since then she has practiced in family practices and community health settings. She has been involved in dental hygiene education as a supervisor for clinical rotations at OHSU and currently at Pacific University. For the past 4 years Karen has utilized her limited access permit to provide dental care to patients who have limited access to comprehensive dental services. She is also currently employed with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and treats primarily pregnant women and children. She is contracted with the state oral health program to provide technical assistance and training for the “First Tooth” project.