Center for Pediatric Dentistry Hosts “Give Families a Smile Day”

Saturday, February 27, near the end of National and King County Children’s Dental Health Month, the UW School of Dentistry’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry was the site of a lively event providing vital oral health care services to both children and their families. Over 50 children and 10 parents received preventive and restorative care.

It was a true team effort, involving 14 dental students, 5 faculty members, 14 dental assistants, 7 pediatric dental residents, 6 support staff and several volunteers.

The event was made possible through sponsorships from Johnson & Johnson and Amerigroup. “We know that some of the significant barriers for at-risk children getting to a dentist are schedule, the ability of parents/guardians to take time off work during the week, the ability to bring all children in the family at one time, and transportation,” said Dr. Rebecca Slayton. “Working with Amerigroup, the amazing staff of Leschi Elementary School, and a team from Medical Teams International, which supported the event by bringing their mobile dental unit to provide care for the parents at no charge, we were able to deliver vitally needed services.”

Dental caries is known to be the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting a child’s ability to concentrate, school attendance and nutrition. The UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry is the region’s largest, most comprehensive pediatric dental clinic. The facility and staff are nationally known for their ability to provide treatment across the spectrum, to healthy children, those with special needs such as autism and Down syndrome, and those with medically complex conditions.

Located in the Washington Dental Service Building at Magnuson Park, and partnering with Seattle Children’s, the clinic fills a critically needed role in the community, welcoming children enrolled in Medicaid/Apple Health and those with special needs who otherwise would not have access to care.

Staff and patients on Smile day

Change in Oral Surgery Services

To Our Patients and Referral Sources:

Effective February 2016, we have a change in our specialty services.

Oral Surgery:

  • Due to demand that far exceeds our capacity, we have limited outside referrals for oral surgery to patients under age 12.
  • For children who are medically complex and you anticipate that they will need treatment under general anesthesia, please refer directly to Children’s Hospital for consultation with one of their oral surgeons. To download the new patient referral form, go to the Children’s web page, fill out the form and fax it to: 206-985-3121. If you have any difficulties, please contact Nancy Henry at oralsurgerycoordinator@seattlechildrens.org.

Endodontics:

The Center for Pediatric Dentistry no longer offers endodontic services. For older patients who can tolerate endodontic treatment without sedation or general anesthesia, you may refer to the UW Department of Endodontics, fill out the Endodontic Referral form and fax to 206-616-9786.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD):

Due to demand that far exceeds our capacity, we are no longer accepting external referrals for TMD services. We are still able to treat medically complex children who have care through Seattle Children’s Hospital. If you think your patient qualifies, please submit a referral, and we will determine eligibility.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. Dr. Travis Nelson can be reached at 206-543-0980 or by email at tmnelson@uw.edu

For general inquiries and appointments, contact:  206-543-5800.

 

Drs. Herzog and Mak named finalists in NuSmile Research Awards

We are very proud to say that Drs. Karin Herzog and Karen Mak have been named as finalists in the 2015 NuSmile Graduate Student Research Awards! The AAPD received a record 83 applications this year it was a difficult decision by the Council on Scientific Affairs.

Congratulations to Karin and Karen on their outstanding work! They will be presenting their research at the AAPD Annual Session in Seattle next month!

Karin Herzog

Karin Herzog, DDS

Karen Mak

Karen Mak, DDS

Dr. Seminario helps lead Latin American research workshop

Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario of The Center for Pediatric Dentistry faculty helped lead the second Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health, held Feb. 22-27 at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.

University of Washington faculty presenters at the second Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health in Lima, Peru included (all in front row) Dr. Timothy DeRouen (fourth from left), Dr. Susan Coldwell (third from right), Dr. Charles Spiekerman (second from right) and Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario (far right).  Workshop faculty also included Dr. Lilliam Pinzon (third from left) of the University of California at San Francisco and Dr. Jorge Luis Castillo (second from left), who received his orthodontics specialty training at the UW and is now chair of pediatric dentistry at Caetano Heredia University.
University of Washington faculty presenters at the second Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health in Lima, Peru included (all in front row) Dr. Timothy DeRouen (fourth from left), Dr. Susan Coldwell (third from right), Dr. Charles Spiekerman (second from right) and Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario (far right). Workshop faculty also included Dr. Lilliam Pinzon (third from left) of the University of California at San Francisco and Dr. Jorge Luis Castillo (second from left), who received his orthodontics specialty training at the UW and is now chair of pediatric dentistry at Caetano Heredia University.

The conference, whose theme was “An Update on HIV,” was conducted jointly with the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Joseph Zunt, Professor of Neurology and Professor of Global Health in that school, was principal investigator on a Fogarty International Center training grant that funded the conference.

Thirty-two people from Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Peru attended this year’s conference. They were selected from about 50 applicants made up mostly of junior faculty from Latin American universities.

Dr. Seminario, who is Assistant Professor and Graduate Research Director of the UW Pediatric Dentistry residency program, delivered a presentation on epidemiology at the workshop. Other School of Dentistry faculty presenters included:

  • Susan Coldwell, Associate Dean (behavioral sciences)
  • Timothy DeRouen, Director of the Center for Global Oral Health (randomized clinical trials)
  • Charles Spiekerman (biostatistics)

Dentistry alumnus Dr. Jorge Luis Castillo (Orthodontics Class of 2000), chair of pediatric dentistry at Caetano Heredia University, was a conference faculty member, as he was last year. The faculty also included Dr. Lilliam Pinzon of the University of California at San Francisco, who delivered the update on HIV.

Last year’s workshop, which was also held at Cayetano Heredia University, marked the School of Dentistry’s first clinical training research foray into the Southern Hemisphere. The workshop is a shorter version of the school’s annual six-week Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, which has helped hone the skills of researchers from around the world for more than 20 years.

Dr. Seminario, who also helped organize the 2014 workshop, said last year that it underscored the value of a face-to-face presentation.

“Culturally, it has a lot of impact when someone from a developed country goes to a developing country,” she said. “It also shows us the need for more training, and our goal is to encourage more evidence-based research.”

Puget Sound Buddy Walk

Budy Walk LogoCelebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome at the Puget Sound Buddy Walk, Sunday, October 5th, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seattle Center. Walk around the International Fountain and enjoy entertainment for the whole family. 

Walk With Friendship

walk-with-friendshipOn September 21, 2014, a fun-filled family event, Walk With Friendship, brings together the entire community for an amazing cause. Come show your support for The Friendship Circle as we walk together to create awareness, solidarity, and support for children with special needs and their families.  Together we can create an inclusive community that embraces and nurtures children of all abilities.   Learn more about the event and how to participate.

Family Resource Fair

Family Resource FairFrom 10-2 on Saturday, September 20, 2014 join us for the Family Resource Fair. The Center will be providing free dental screenings. There will also be over 20 information booths for families, free blood glucose screening, free mammogram (must be scheduled prior to the event), carnivals, lucky draws and much more…!  The fair will be held at the Chinatown Community Center  in the International District, 719 8th Ave S. , 98104.  For information and registration please contact Karia Wong at 206-957-8538.