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Special Needs Care in Dentistry for Children

Ivonne Ganem, DMD, MPH

Continuing Dental Education Units:  1 hour
Intended Audience:  Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Date Course Online:  Dec 12, 2011
Last Revision Date:  N/A
Course Expiration Date:  Jun 11, 2015


Over nine million US children and adolescents age 17 and under have a special health care need.  This is 13% of the population.  This course will provide an overview of the importance of the oral health care workforce under the current health care system for the special needs pediatric patient and the techniques necessary to successfully treat special needs pediatric patients.

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Disclaimer:  Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.

*Please note: this course will not be available after June 10, 2015.*

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Ivonne Ganem
Ivonne Ganem, DMD, MPH
Ivonne Ganem, DMD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Dental Public Health Sciences
Temple University, Kornberg School of Dentistry


Dr. Ganem graduated from Universidad Javeriana School of Dentistry (Bogotá, Colombia) in 1999.  In 2001 she completed her Masters in Public Health, majoring in Policy and Management, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Ganem joined the faculty at Temple University, Kornberg School of Dentistry in 2002.  She obtained her DMD from the Kornberg School of Dentistry in 2008.  She also serves as Director of Community Outreach Programs and Minority Affairs Liaison at Temple University, Kornberg School of Dentistry.  She manages all community outreach grants and their successful implementation.  Dr. Ganem has been involved in access to care policy and research.  Her interests include policies that affect access to care in underserved communities and access to dental education of underrepresented minorities.  Dr. Ganem has also been involved in teaching both the graduate and pre doctoral levels in areas of Dental Ethics and Public Health.  She has been an invited grant reviewer for governmental and private organizations and presents on topics relating to school-based dental clinics and community outreach.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.

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The Procter & Gamble Company is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership, and Membership Maintenance Credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 8/1/2013 to 7/31/2017.
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