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Early Childhood Caries (ECC): More Than Just Baby Teeth with Dr. Leonard Smith

When: 6/12/15
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ACR Family Section Teleseminar
Friday, June 12th, 2015, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Participant Instructions: (605) 562-3140, Access Code 474131#
Additional details will be posted on the Family Section's website  24 hours prior to the event.
Early Childhood Caries (ECC): More Than Just Baby Teeth
with Dr. Leonard Smith

Early Childhood Caries (ECC) (formerly bottle mouth) is the most common chronic infectious disease in children 5 and younger in North America. It affects some 28% of all children (5.6 million) and of those 23% (1.3 million) never receive any treatment. The disease has a significant impact on a child’s overall development, the family and society. Against this
back-drop, every professional working with a family (amongst others: mediators, lawyers, social workers, psychologists, teachers, doctors, dentists, nurses as examples) need to understand the child’s pain and suffering within ECC from the possible impact on the neurological pathway development of the child, the social manifestations, the attendant stress and its long term effects on the individual into adulthood.

In part, Dr. Smith will draw on multiple streams of investigation, which present an eco-bio-developmental framework illustrating how early experiences and environmental influences can leave a lasting signature on the genetic predispositions that affect emerging brain architecture and long-term health of a child which if untreated brings it into the realm of reportable abuse and neglect of a child. It is really more than just baby teeth.

Biography:  Dr. Leonard Smith received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of
Alberta in 1968 and completed a hospital residency at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital in 1970. Subsequently, he earned a Master’s of Science degree and Pedodontic Dentistry Certification from Ohio State in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, Life Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a Life Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He was the Chief of the Dental Department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (1974-1986) and currently is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He maintains a full time private practice.
In 2007, Dr. Smith founded, and is Chairman of the Board, of the Society for a Healthy Mouth, Healthy Child (Alberta) and the Foundation for a Healthy Mouth, Healthy Child in Canada and the USA respectively. The mission is the worldwide elimination of early childhood caries. During his 43 year career, Dr. Smith has been an advocate and leader for oral health needs of children. His related community service has included a term as President of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped (1982-83) and in 2014 he received a special achievement award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the Academy.

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