America’s ToothFairy was proud to sponsor the UCSF School of Dentistry 2nd Annual Oral Health Alliance Symposium on April 8. The theme of the event was Myth and Practice of Dental Disease Prevention in Children. Speakers from different health professions, including dentistry and medicine, delivered instructional presentations on developing interprofessional training programs to improve dental primary care, silver diamine fluoride in the treatment of early childhood caries, and other topics related to children’s oral health.
Highlights of the event included the following:
- Brent Lin (UCSF Oral Health Alliance), Jill Malmgren (NCOHF) and Darren Orgel (HRSA) started the Symposium with their introductory remarks.
- Ray Stewart addressed the future game-changing role of silver diamine fluoride in treatment and prevention of early childhood caries.
- Cristin Kearns gave a talk on sugar industry manipulation of research and addressed what health professionals needed to know.
- Devon Cooper presented results from the UCSF Oral Health Alliance’s interprofessional class that aims to provide children’s oral health education to health professional students who will become primary care providers in the future.
- Two inaugural recipients of the UCSF/HRSA Student Community Enhancement Scholarship were recognized for their yearlong project. Liliana Murcia (San Francisco State University) and Whitney Do (UC Merced), together with their mentor JungSoo Kim (UCSF 2nd year dental student), established children’s oral health education programs in health professional shortage areas of Richmond and Merced, CA. They presented their project results during the poster session.
- The Oral Health Alliance announced their five pre-dental finalists who will be competing for this coming year’s scholarship. Scholars will be required to do a yearlong project to address children’s oral health needs, partnering with community or government agencies from health professional shortage areas.
- Poster presentations occurred during lunch time and the competition winners were announced. Linda Kim and Karena Craemer (UCSF 2nd year dental students) received first and second place respectively in the pre-doctoral category. Liliana Murcia (UCSF/HRSA Student Community Enhancement Scholar) received the pre-dental category award.
Oral Health Alliance Collaborators who partnered in the event included Chabot College, Touro University, UCSF School of Nursing, UCSF School of Dentistry, UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.
America’s ToothFairy is proud to be associated with the UCSF Oral Health Alliance and to help advance their mission to equip healthcare professionals to address oral disease in children.