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Unleash the Power of Perinatal Oral Health Translational Research

2022 AADOCR/CADR Annunal Meeting

The 51st Annual Meeting of the AADOCR was held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, from March 14-26 as a hybrid experience with 839 individuals from 18 countries attending in person in Atlanta, GA and 692 individuals from 21 countries attending virtually. 

The recordings in this library from the meeting are a selection of the science that was to be presented as part of the Annual Meeting. These recordings give you the opportunity to participate in the meeting and hear from leading researchers. The recordings include IADR Distinguished Lecture Series speakers and symposia from a collection of scientific groups and networks.

This session can be purchased as part of the full meeting recordings within the product bundles

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Session Description 
The US federal agencies and professional organizations have mounted considerable efforts to address an increasingly recognized public health problem, poor Perinatal Oral Health, which has profound implications for maternal and child health; for example, the well-documented associations between poor maternal oral health and adverse birth outcomes (particularly preterm and low-birth-weight deliveries), and strong correlations between maternal caries and increased early childhood caries in children.

Targeting the perinatal period (pregnancy and early infancy) offers a unique and innovative entry point for maternal and childhood caries early prediction, early diagnosis, and early prevention. Radical changes to perinatal oral health interventions are needed to predict, diagnose early, and treat the population most vulnerable to dental caries, i.e., pregnant mothers and infants, thus improving the oral health of two generations. In addition, perinatal oral health interventions could potentially reduce adverse birth outcomes that result from maternal oral disease.

The symposium will review using an Interprofessional Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Scienceapproach to design and conduct Translational research that aims to improve oral health during pregnancy and early childhood. Perinatal Oral Health Translational Research to be discussed includes:
  • Describe oral healthcare inequities from a nationally representative sample, with special attention paid to barriers to access to oral healthcare related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe factors associated with avoidance of dental care, particularly in relation to dental fear and fear of COVID-19 exposure in the dental setting.
  • Discuss factors that contribute to and detract from trust in oral healthcare providers, and how providers can enhance trust for their patients and for the public overall.
The innovative strategies and tools developed through the above-mentioned translational research can revolutionize oral disease prediction, prevention, diagnosis and pave the way for establishing the perinatal oral health national equity.

Learning Objectives
  • Be familiar with definition and the importance of perinatal oral health.
  • Be familiar with the current advances and future direction of perinatal oral health translational research.
  • Learn how inter-professional collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach can be incorporated into perinatal oral health research.
Presentation Date
March 26, 2022

Jin Xiao - Perinatal Oral Health – an Underestimate Power for Shaping a Better Future
Steven Gill - Perinatal Oral Microbiome and Its Implication in Child Health
Jiebo Luo - Utilizing Artificial Intelligence-powered Smartphone Application for Early Caries Detection
Kevin Fiscella - Integrate Primary Health Care and Oral Health Care – Using Community-Based Participatory Approach to Address Perinatal Oral Health Disparity

Sponsoring Groups/Networks
Cariology Research, Pediatric Oral Health Research

CE Credits
1.5 Hours

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