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Oral Health Care during Pregnancy and Early Childhood

A special broadcast on dental health sponsored by the New York State Department of Health and funded by the March of Dimes.

Original Air Date:
November 1, 2007 (9-10:15 am ET)


Melinda B. Clark, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Section of General Pediatrics
Albany Medical Center
AMC General Pediatrics Group

Burton L. Edelstein, DDS, MPH, FAAPD
Professor of Clinical Dentistry and
Health Policy & Management
Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH
Director, Oral Health Surveillance and Research
Bureau of Dental Health, New York State Department of Health

Renee Samelson, MD, MPH, FACOG
Associate Clinical Professor
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Albany Medical College

A multidisciplinary panel with expertise in prenatal care, oral health and well child care will discuss the importance of good oral health and the need for dental care during pregnancy and early childhood. Dr. Kumar, dental public health specialist, will highlight the impact of oral health on overall health and the development of practice guidelines by the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Samelson, high risk obstetrician, will describe the incorporation of oral health care during pregnancy including the scientific basis for treatment. Dr. Edelstein, pediatric dentist, will describe the causes of dental caries, its impact on family life and its prevention. Dr. Clark, pediatrician, will demonstrate how to conduct an oral health assessment during a well child visit. This program will educate the prenatal, oral health and child health professionals so that oral health care becomes a routine practice during pregnancy and early childhood.

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