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Department for Public Health Announces First Trainings in Pediatric Dentistry

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 28, 2012  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Gwenda Bond or Jill Midkiff (502) 564-6786 or (502) 564-7042  


Key Component of Healthy Smiles Kentucky Initiative to Improve Oral Health Among Children

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 28, 2012) As part of Governor Steve Beshear’s Healthy Smiles Kentucky initiative, the Department for Public Health (DPH) will offer free continuing education courses on pediatric dental techniques through the Access for Babies and Children to Dentistry (ABCD) program.

“Improving the dental health of Kentucky’s children is one of our top priorities,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky children deserve the very best start in life and oral health is a key component of overall well-being. I urge all general dentists to consider attending this new program designed to help give them the tools they need to treat more young patients.”

The courses, coordinated by DPH’s Kentucky Oral Health Program, are designed for general dentists and are intended to increase knowledge and comfort in treating pediatric patients.

Two seminars are currently scheduled and additional dates are planned. On April 6 in Lexington, Dr. Charlotte Haney and Dr. William Greenhill will teach the first seminar. Dr. Haney is a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dr. Greenhill has a private pediatric practice in Union and is on the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The second seminar will be held April 11 in Somerset, featuring Dr. Heather Wise and Dr. Jeff Johnson. Dr. Wise has a private pediatric practice in Campbellsville. Dr. Johnson practices pediatric dentistry in Danville.

Lectures on both dates will begin at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attending dentists, but pre-registration is required. The seminars will consist of four lectures covering such topics as cavities risk assessment, disease management, managing behavior of pediatric patients and restorative treatment of young patients, among others. Attendees will be eligible for eight hours of CEU. To register, contact Meghan Towle at the Kentucky Oral Health Program via email at Meghan.Towle@ky.gov or by phone at (502) 564-2154.

The Healthy Smiles Kentucky initiative was created by Gov. Beshear to improve the dental health of Kentucky's children, particularly in Appalachia. The main components of the initiative are: the ABCD training program; community oral health coalitions; and the Smiling Schools program. The initiative is funded by a combination of state general fund dollars and grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Health Resources and Services Administration. For more information visit: www.kidshealth.ky.gov

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Last Updated 3/28/2012