Center welcomes social worker Lyall Browning

The Center for Pediatric Dentistry welcomes Lyall Browning as its new social work assistant, filling a key role at our clinic.

Lyall Browning
Lyall Browning

Since The Center’s inception in 2010, social work has been an important component of our services. We know that families often face challenges such as dealing with insurance or arranging transportation, and those challenges can be even greater when special-needs children are involved. Our social work staff is here to help you deal with those challenges so the focus can stay right where it belongs: on giving your children the best possible dental treatment by expert providers in a caring, compassionate setting.

Lyall comes to us from Seattle Public Schools, where she has been a family services provider working in the Head Start program. Before that, she was an assistant manager of supportive services for the Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle. Her extensive experience also includes work as a family therapist and social services case manager.

A native of Kentucky who is fluent in Spanish, she holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Lyall as a new member of our team,” said Dr. Travis Nelson, Acting Chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry and director of The Center. “She has a wealth of social work experience and a passion for helping families access needed services. Her expertise will enable us to continue providing dental care to the most deserving children in our region.”

“Grand Rounds” pediatric dental lecture series announced

Dr. Thomas Dodson, Interim Chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has announced the launch of “Department of Pediatric Dentistry Grand Rounds,” a wide-ranging series of bimonthly lectures of great interest to the dental community.

Dr. Dodson
Dr. Thomas Dodson

Grand Rounds will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. on the third Friday of alternate months in Room T-473 of the UW Health Sciences Center. The first lecture is scheduled for March 17 and will be given by Dr. Nestor Cohenca on “Avulsion: Current Treatment Protocols and Emerging Concepts.”

Dr. Cohenca
Dr. Nestor Cohenca

The series is free and open to the public. While the lectures will be geared toward the pediatric dental community, they will also be of interest to pre- and post-doctoral dental students, UW dental alumni and other practicing dentists, as well as to physicians who work with children.

Each lecture will be preceded by a light breakfast hosted by pediatric dental faculty.

State, Counties and Cities Declare February Children’s Dental Health Month

Seattle:  The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry announces that the state of Washington, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties along with nearly 20 cities have issued proclamations in support of February as Children’s Dental Health Month.

The month-long public education program encourages families to help their children learn and practice good oral health habits.  Benefits of a healthy smile for children include improved ability to concentrate in school, improved school attendance and improved nutrition.

In addition to support for oral health education for children, the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Bartell Drugs and the Health Smiles Healthy Children Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric dentistry have partnered to offer 115 children free preventive dental care during the month.

Details on the program can be found at www.thecnterforpediatricdentistry.com

Participating cities include:

  • Bellevue
  • Covington
  • Kent
  • Auburn
  • Seattle
  • Tukwila
  • Renton
  • Carnation
  • Duvall
  • Burien
  • Des Moines
  • Lake Forest Park
  • SeaTac
  • Bothell
  • Federal Way
  • Kenmore
  • Woodinville
  • Shoreline

About the Center for Pediatric Dentistry

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is our community’s largest dental clinic dedicated solely to providing dental health services to children ages 1-18, and through age 20 if the child has special needs such as autism or Down syndrome.

Located at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., in Seattle, the Center for Pediatric Dentistry serves children from throughout Washington state.  The state-of-the-art facility offers the complete range of dental services, from examinations to full sedation/dental surgery.  Nationally-recognized faculty provide the highest level of care, along with dental residents specializing in pediatrics.

About Bartell Drugs

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 126-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

About the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (HSHC) is the largest national dentist-led charity dedicated to children’s oral health.  The Foundation works to ensure that EVERY child has a Dental Home— a place to receive consistent, compassionate dental care.

Since 2010, HSHC has issued more than $4 million in grants and commitments to 81 organizations. These grantees have helped provide Dental Homes to more than 300,000 children.

HSHC is proud to support The Center for Pediatric Dentistry and its Community Children’s Smiles program. This initiative aligns with HSHC’s mission to increase access to dental care for vulnerable populations.

CPD Partners with Bartell Drugs and the HSHC Foundation to offer free dental care

Wendy Cone Dore, University of Wash., Center for Pediatric Dentistry  206-543-6703 wdore@uw.edu  or Ric Brewer, Bartell Drugs  206-933-9416 or ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

(Seattle, WA) – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and this year, emphasizing the importance of oral health to a child’s overall health, the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry has partnered with Bartell Drugs to provide 115 children in need dental care checkups.  Bartell’s charitable contribution was matched by the Healthy Smiles Healthy Children:  the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to provide the funding for this initiative. Crest/Oral B is also providing free toothbrushes for nearly 500 children as part of the project.

Families are invited to contact the Center at 543-5800 to request a voucher that will be good for a dental exam, xrays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application during the month of February.

Dean Joel Berg of the UW School of Dentistry noted that “As a pediatric dentist, I’m excited to have the support of Bartell Drugs and the Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation for our Children’s Dental Health Month activities at the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry. Their help, plus a valuable contribution from Crest/Oral B, will make it possible for us to provide preventive care for more than 100 children in need at the Center during the month.”

Dean Berg noted that proclamations supporting Children’s Dental Health Month have been issued by the state of Washington, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and 20 Washington cities, and added: “It’s truly heartening to see this level of commitment from our community as we encourage all parents or caregivers to bring their children to the dentist this month and help them learn good oral health habits.”

“Bartell’s is pleased to be part of helping put children’s dental care in the spotlight,” said Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager for Bartells. “Effective and early dental care and hygiene is the foundation to long-term health and wellness.”

“Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children believes that every child, regardless of life’s circumstances, deserves a Dental Home – a place to receive consistent, compassionate dental care. That’s why we are so pleased to support The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, an organization that continually creates unique solutions and partnerships to increase access to care and provide Dental Homes for Seattle’s most vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Neophytos L. Savide, president, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. “Community Children’s Smiles will provide treatment for children along with education for parents, so good dental health can become part of the family routine. Not just for a day, but for a lifetime.”

As part of the effort to promote dental hygiene throughout the community, Bartells is offering a $1.00 in-store coupon for any of its Premier Value toothbrushes. With each toothbrush purchased through this offer, a free toothbrush will be provided to a child in need through Crest/Oral B. Look for the brochure coupon in the dental care aisle at all Bartell Drugs locations through February.

At the Center for Pediatric dentistry website, www.thecenterforpediatricdentistry.com, parents can learn about when children should have their first dental visit, ways to prevent early childhood caries, when to expect changes from primary to permanent teeth, proper brushing and flossing techniques, thumbsucking, dental sealants, choosing the right mouth protector for active children and adolescents, and teaching their children to say no to tobacco. Parents will also learn about the importance of regular dental examinations.

About the Center for Pediatric Dentistry

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is our community’s largest dental clinic dedicated solely to providing dental health services to children ages 1-18, and through age 20 if the child has special needs such as autism or Down syndrome.

Located at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., in Seattle, the Center for Pediatric Dentistry serves children from throughout Washington state.  The state-of-the-art facility offers the complete range of dental services, from examinations to full sedation/dental surgery.  Nationally-recognized faculty provide the highest level of care, along with dental residents specializing in pediatrics.

About Bartell Drugs

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 126-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

About the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (HSHC) is the largest national dentist-led charity dedicated to children’s oral health.  The Foundation works to ensure that EVERY child has a Dental Home— a place to receive consistent, compassionate dental care.

Since 2010, HSHC has issued more than $4 million in grants and commitments to 81 organizations. These grantees have helped provide Dental Homes to more than 300,000 children.

HSHC is proud to support The Center for Pediatric Dentistry and its Community Children’s Smiles program. This initiative aligns with HSHC’s mission to increase access to dental care for vulnerable populations.

Dean Berg named Pediatric Dentist of the Year

Dean Joel Berg of the School of Dentistry was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year on Thursday by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) at the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The award, established in 1998, honors a pediatric dentist who has contributed significantly to the dental profession and to pediatric dentistry through clinical practice, academics or policy development.  Recipients also must have given extensive volunteer leadership service to the dental profession and the pediatric specialty.

Dr. Berg, a past president of AAPD, has been Dean since 2012.  Before that, he served as Chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and he continues to practice at the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry at Seattle’s Magnuson State Park. Dean Berg also holds the rank of Professor, and has also held the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the UW. In addition, he is a past president of the AAPD’s foundation, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, and is a national AAPD media spokesman.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a fellow of the International College of Dentists, and vice president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honorary society. In 2003, Dean Berg also served as head of the dentist education component for Washington state’s Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), which has been widely recognized for helping to improve early childhood oral health in the state.

School of Dentistry ranked in U.S. top 5, world’s top 15

The UW School of Dentistry was rated No. 5 in the United States and No. 15 in the world in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

The University of Hong Kong dental school was ranked first in the world, while the University of Michigan took the top spot in the United States and No. 2 in the world. The other U.S. schools ranked in the world’s top 15 were New York University, Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The rankings were reported recently by Dentistry Today, a leading clinical newsletter.
“I’m extremely pleased by this ranking, which I see as a clear affirmation of our faculty’s world-class quality,” Dean Joel Berg said. “As we continue to implement our new curriculum, I believe that we can move even higher up the ladder.”

Starting last year, the School of Dentistry began installing a new “Dentist of the Future” curriculum designed to reflect the rapid changes in dental science and technology, as well as new modes of dental practice. A key feature was last year’s rollout of a system of third-year clinical “clerkship” rotations that give students a more intensive exposure to the core skills of general dentistry. Late this summer, the School will also implement a new fourth-year clinical model designed to mimic private practice as closely as possible.

QS, a prominent British educational organization that ranks the world’s universities, assigned ranking scores based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations per paper on a scale of zero to 100, averaging the totals for final scores. Survey participants identified up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they considered excellent.