Managing Malocclusions in the Developing Dentitions - L0795


About Course #L0795

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Expiration date: November 22, 2019

The mixed dentition is a time in dental development when many potentially severe malocclusions may be intercepted. It is important that dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants recognize these developmental problems and institute timely treatment, either personally or by referral to an orthodontist, to minimize malformation. Although intervention may modify a developing malocclusion, and at times eliminate it, malocclusion may still develop due to underlying problems that cannot be addressed at the time of treatment and/or future genetic and environmental pressures.

This basic-level course discusses each of the malocclusions listed in the 2014 American Association of Orthodontists publication "Problems to Watch for in Growing Children" and makes suggestions for reliable and realistic therapeutic interventions. Appropriate for all dental professionals, the course discusses the etiology of malocclusions in the developing dentition, including oral and nonnutritive habits, and discusses the management of these malocclusions.

AGD Subject Code: 430

Course Objectives

  • Identify the etiology of malocclusions in the developing dentition, including oral and nonnutritive habits.
  • Discuss the management of malocclusions in the developing dentition.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Zameera Fida, DMD, is the director of Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and a full-time staff member at Boston Children's Hospital. She is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She received a BS in nutritional sciences from the University of Florida, where she conducted research analyzing the growth and diet of pediatric HIV patients. Dr. Fida received her DMD from HSDM, where her research involved the nutritional intake of children with and without severe early childhood caries. She is the course director and lecturer for the "Treatment of the Child and Adolescent" course at HSDM, which contains a comprehensive curriculum for dental students on managing patients - including those with special healthcare needs - throughout infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

Marc Ackerman, DMD, specializes in the orthodontic treatment of children with dentofacial deformity, intellectual and physical disabilities, and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Ackerman received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1998 and his certificate in orthodontics from the University of Rochester-Eastman Dental Center in 2000. In 2009, Dr. Ackerman completed his MBA in executive leadership at Jacksonville University's Davis College of Business. Dr. Ackerman is the director of orthodontics at Boston Children's Hospital and teaches residents in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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