Pediatric Dentistry: On Your Way to the Tonsils


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Target Audience

Healthcare providers. 


  • Know the etiology of common oral diseases in young infants and toddlers.
  • Provide oral health anticipatory guidance and education to parents/caregivers of young infants/toddlers.
  • Perform oral health screenings and applying fluoride varnish on infants and toddlers.



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  • Pediatric Dent 2011;33(6): 124‐128
  • JADA, 2009;140(6): 628‐631

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    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON
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    Kecia S. Leary

    Kecia S. Leary, DDS, MS
    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry,  University of Iowa College of Dentistry

    Expertise: Patients with special health care needs: infants and children of low-income, high-risk populations

    Brief Professional Resume: Dr. Leary joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 2015. Prior to that, she was director of pediatric dentistry at a federally qualified health center and associate director of a pediatric dental residency program. Dr. Leary is a predoctoral and postdoctoral lecturer and clinical instructor for both the predoctoral and residency clinics.


    • DDS, University of Iowa College of Dentistry, 2004
    • MS, Dental Public Health, University of Iowa, 2007
    • Certificate, Pediatric Dentistry, University of Iowa, 2007
    • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, 2008
    • Diplomate, American Board of Public Health Dentistry, 2011

    Clinical Activities: Dr. Leary is director of the Department Outreach Experiences, including the Muscatine Clinic and Forest City Outreach. She also sees private patients one day per week at the Center for Disabilities and Development and provides care under both general anesthesia and oral conscious sedation.

    Research Activities: Dr. Leary's research specialties include dental care for at-risk populations and working with public health organizations to provide dental care to pediatric patients in an evidenced-based approach.

    PubMed Publications: Click here to perform an automatic PubMed search of Dr. Leary's publications.

    National or International Professional Appointments and Activities: Dr. Leary is a member of  the American Association of Women Dentists, American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She is also on the Practice Management Committee for the National Network of Oral Health Access.

    Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Leary has no financial relationships with any commercial interest to disclose.

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    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this enduring materials activity for 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credit(s).
    • Nurse: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This enduring materials activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other: This enduring materials activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

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    No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON


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