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Paediatric Dentistry Update Dinner – 2 Topics

May 22 @ 6:15 pm - 9:30 pm

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Using the Internet to Treat Dental Fear and Anxiety in Children

Approximately 9 percent of children and adolescents suffer from dental anxiety (DA) that can lead to serious physical and psychological health consequences. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment of choice concerning phobias. Few dental clinics have the possibility to offer face-to-face CBT to children with dental anxiety. Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) is a form of psychological therapy in which patients and parents work with digital self-help manuals; texts and films and are guided via email. ICBT has shown good treatment results in uncontrolled studies. ICBT in dentistry has the potential to increase access to psychological treatments for anxiety problems and prevent serious physical and psychological health consequences of DA.

Child Abuse: How Can Dental Health Care Professionals Identify Children at Risk?

Dental health care has a role in identifying children at risk for maltreatment. Oral health and use of dental health services can indicate broader family dysfunction or child maltreatment. Children who are exposed to child maltreatment are at risk of developing both physical and mental ill-health and of expressing risk-taking behaviours. In addition Injuries to the head and neck are reported. Children are also more likely to have neglected dentitions and dental health service avoidance. To prevent poor oral health, early detection of dental disease and adequate support are essential.


May 22
6:15 pm - 9:30 pm


Dr Jenny Ball


Professor Goran Dahllöf
About Presenter
Professor Goran Dahllöf is Chairman of the division of Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Dental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and acting Chairman for the Academic Center of Paediatric Oral Health Research. His research in paediatric dentistry is focused on four different areas: 1) prevention of dental caries in socially disadvantaged children; 2) register-based research; 3) internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for treatment of dental phobia in Children; and 4) genetic basis for disturbances in dental development in children with rare disorders. Goran has published and lectured widely. He has been an external examiner at a variety of universities around the world.