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This  course features three excellent presentations on early childhood oral health and prevention emphasizing collaborative care with other professionals, motivational interviewing and alternative treatment options to managing caries. For more information about this program and the speakers: Download the Meeting Brochure.

“Early Childhood Oral Health: Improving Collaborative Care in Clinical Practice”
Presented by Rocio B. Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH
Oral health inequities call for an evaluation of medical and dental collaborations that can promote early childhood oral health. The integration of primary health care professionals and general dentists is key, as they are often the first in line to identify such disparities and can deliver preventive oral health services to help shift trajectories of oral health. This session will focus on pediatric oral health initiatives, using North Carolina as a case study to promote preventive oral health models in primary care settings. Dr. Quinonez will review educational initiatives that encourage collaborative care and address current barriers for successful early childhood oral health integration.

“Infant Oral Health and Prevention: Motivational Interviewing and Sticky Situations”
Presented by Maria Cordero-Ricardo, DMD, MS
Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered interaction originally designed for people presenting for substance abuse treatment to self-motivation and methods for positive change. In pediatric dentistry the most challenging substance abuse we face is sugar and refined carbohydrates. They are challenging to quit and everywhere in our daily lives. This session will give practitioners a new tool for counseling the families in their practices for successful prevention outcomes using techniques
adapted for dentistry.

“Alternative Treatment Option to Dental Restorations and Managing Caries”
Presented by Elise W. Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

Educational Objectives:

Dr. Quinonez’s Objectives:

  • Provide background on early childhood oral health trends
  • Review rationale and evidence of collaborative care in early
  • Review successes and opportunities to promote
    collaborative early childhood oral health care in clinical

Dr. Maria Cordero-Ricardo’s Objectives:

  • Be familiar with the principles of motivational interviewing
    within the context of dentistry
  • Reorganize the conversation during preventive visits to
    foster positive behavioral changes

Dr. Elise W. Sarvas’ Objectives:

  • Be familiar with the current shift from a surgical
    management paradigm to a medical management of dental
  • Understand the benefits and indications for the use of silver
    diamine fluoride for arresting carious lesions in pediatric

CE Credit Units:

3 CEUs

Level of skill recommended for participants:

Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Auxiliaries and Office Staff

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There are no refunds for CSPD Online CE courses. For any questions, please contact CSPD Executive Director, Paul Reggiardo, DDS, at

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Course Materials Features

  • Lessons 2
  • Topics 0
  • Quizzes 1
  • Students 2
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assignment No
  • Category Preventive Dentistry
  • Lecture Length 180 Minutes
  • Original Release Date March 17, 2017
  • Review Date October 9, 2020
  • Expiration Date October 9, 2023

Course Materials Content

View lecture, take and pass quiz before receiving your CE certificate. You must score 70% or higher to pass.
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Instructor Info:

Rocio B. Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH
earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Zoology in 1992 and her
Doctorate of Medical Dentistry in 1996 from the University of Manitoba. She earned her
certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Master’s of Science, and Masters in Public Health and
Administration at the UNC at Chapel Hill. Dr. Quinonez proceeded to complete a NIH Fellowship in Oral and Systemic Diseases. Her academic and research interest include the interphase between medicine and dentistry, perinatal and infant oral health, and economic analyses related to children’s oral health. Dr. Quinonez returned to full-time academics in the summer of 2006 and is currently the Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Pre-Doctoral Program, the Baby Oral Health Program and the Pediatric Dental Faculty Practice at the UNC at Chapel Hill.

Maria Cordero-Ricardo, DMD, MS
is Clinical Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, School of Dental Medicine. She obtained her DMD from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and her certificate in pediatric dentistry as well as a master’s degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She maintains a clinical practice in Massapequa, NY and medical staff membership at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Leadership Institute. Her research interests include palliative care for pediatric hematology patients, pediatric dental workforce, and extraprofessional collaborative practice.

Elise W. Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH
completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. While there, she completed masters’ degrees in dentistry (Pediatric Dentistry) and public health (Health Services) as well as a certificate in Maternal and Child Health. Dr. Sarvas earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sarvas is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota and teaches dental students, dental therapy students, medical students, and pediatric dental residents at the dental school and Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:

None disclosed

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