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Integrating dietetic nutrition interns in a predoctoral pediatric dentistry curriculum

Chapter by: Feldman, Lauren M; Fernandez, Jill B; Sasson, Lisa; Chinn, Courtney; Moursi, Amr
in: RSE : Research Scholarship Expo by
[S.l. : NYU College of Dentistry], 2018
pp. 051-051
ISBN: n/a
CID: 3157112

Interprofessional Educational Experience Among Dietitians After a Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation

Fernandez, Jill B; Ahearn, Kelly; Atar, Michael; More, Frederick G; Sasson, Lisa; Rosenberg, Linda; Godfrey, Emilie; Sehl, Rima; Daronch, Marcia
Interprofessional education is interactive learning focused on collaboration and prepares professionals to improve patient care in a collaborative team environment. This article explores how registered dietitians' views and clinical practices regarding pediatric oral health and nutrition have been influenced by interprofessional education with pediatric dentists. Surveys were e-mailed to 150 dietitians who graduated from New York University and may have participated in a pediatric dental rotation between 2005 and 2010. Out of the 109 who were eligible, 36 (33%) responded. The respondents experienced positive collaboration (72%) as well as an increase in awareness (61%) and knowledge (58%) of the relationship between oral health and dietary habits. Dietitians and dentists have the potential to address overall health and the current obesity epidemic.
ISSN: 1550-5146
CID: 2676952

Preparing the future dental workforcce for underserved young children

Chapter by: Chinn, Courtney H; Kassam, Serna; Fernandez, Jill; Gonzalez-Vitale, Stephanie; Moursi, Amr
in: RSE : Research Scholarship Expo by
[S.l. : NYU College of Dentistry], 2016
pp. 043-043
ISBN: n/a
CID: 2889712

OHEP: An Oral Health Education Program for Mothers of Newborns

Hallas, Donna; Fernandez, Jill B; Lim, Lily J; Catapano, Peter; Dickson, Shayleigh K; Blouin, Kathryn R; Schmidt, Tami M; Acal-Jiminez, Rafael; Ali, Nitasha; Figueroa, Keila E; Jiwani, Neha M; Sharma, Ashu
INTRODUCTION: The purposes of the study were to determine (a) the knowledge base of mothers of newborns on oral health for newborns and young infants and (b) the effectiveness of an oral health education program provided to mothers of newborns prior to discharge from the postpartum unit. METHODS: Ninety-four mothers of healthy newborns on a postpartum unit were randomized to the treatment or control group. A pretest was administered to each mother to assess the mother's knowledge of infant oral health. The treatment intervention was a DVD designed collaboratively by an interprofessional team of nurse practitioners and dental faculty to educate the mothers on oral health care for their newborns. The control intervention was a DVD on newborn nutrition. All participants received routine newborn nursery discharge instructions by the postpartum nurses and physicians. Follow-up appointments were scheduled 6 and 12 months later for administration of the posttest to the mothers and for oral health assessments of the infants. RESULTS: Pretest questionnaire results revealed that most mothers lacked knowledge about oral health care for infants and young children, especially concerning vertical transmission of streptococcus mutans through food-sharing practices. In addition, 28.4% of the mothers were not aware of the benefits of fluoride as a prevention strategy for dental caries. A significant no-show rate for the planned follow-up visits in the dental clinic hindered our plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the oral health educational program on prevention of dental white spots or decay when the study infants were 6 and 12 months old, respectively. DISCUSSION: The knowledge deficit of mothers of newborns regarding oral health care for infants may be one of the contributing factors to the high prevalence rate of dental caries in children younger than 71 months. An oral health educational program provided to mothers on the postpartum unit prior to discharge from the hospital may help increase mothers' knowledge about oral health care and prevention of dental caries in infants and young children.
PMID: 25547319
ISSN: 0891-5245
CID: 1441562

Identification of Pediatric Oral Health Core Competencies through Interprofessional Education and Practice

Hallas, D; Fernandez, J B; Herman, N G; Moursi, A
Over the past seven years, the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) and the Advanced Practice: Pediatrics and the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) have engaged in a program of formal educational activities with the specific goals of advancing interprofessional education, evidence-based practice, and interprofessional strategies to improve the oral-systemic health of infants and young children. Mentoring interprofessional students in all health care professions to collaboratively assess, analyze, and care-manage patients demands that faculty reflect on current practices and determine ways to enhance the curriculum to include evidence-based scholarly activities, opportunities for interprofessional education and practice, and interprofessional socialization. Through the processes of interprofessional education and practice, the pediatric nursing and dental faculty identified interprofessional performance and affective oral health core competencies for all dental and pediatric primary care providers. Students demonstrated achievement of interprofessional core competencies, after completing the interprofessional educational clinical practice activities at Head Start programs that included interprofessional evidence-based collaborative practice, case analyses, and presentations with scholarly discussions that explored ways to improve the oral health of diverse pediatric populations. The goal of improving the oral health of all children begins with interprofessional education that lays the foundations for interprofessional practice.
PMID: 25653873
ISSN: 2090-1429
CID: 1457112

Caries Prevalence, Follow-up Predictors To Dental Treatment In Foster Children

Chapter by: Fernandez, Jill; Serpa, Stephanie; Mathur, Malay
in: Clinical & Educational Scholarship Showcase by
[New York NY : NYU College of Dentistry. NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators], 2015
pp. 19-19
ISBN: n/a
CID: 1873192

Pediatrics and dentistry : the interdisciplinary team

Chapter by: Mintz, Jenny; Leffel, Alyson; Fernandez, Jill
in: Clinical & Educational Scholarship Showcase by
[New York NY : NYU College of Dentistry. NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators], 2013
pp. 14-14
ISBN: n/a
CID: 852342

Oral health education for new mothers on the postpartum unit

Chapter by: Lim, Lily; Fernandez, Jill; Hallas, Donna; Catapano, Peter; Daronch, Marcia
in: Clinical & Educational Scholarship Showcase by
[New York NY : NYU College of Dentistry. NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators], 2013
pp. 21-22
ISBN: n/a
CID: 852452

Oral health findings in athletes with intellectual disabilities at the NYC Special Olympics

Fernandez, Jill B; Lim, Lily J; Dougherty, Nancy; Lasasso, Jennifer; Atar, Michael; Daronch, Marcia
This study collected data to describe the oral health in Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities from New York City, using the standardized Special Olympics, Special Smiles protocol. A total of 664 self-selected athletes with intellectual disabilities were screened between 2005 and 2008. A standardized form was used for data collection. Screenings were performed using available light or flashlight, tongue depressor, and disposable mirror. Oral hygiene, reports of oral pain, untreated caries, missing and filled teeth were recorded. The majority of the athletes were 20 years of age or older (52%). Of the examined athletes, 9% reported oral pain, 8% needed urgent care, 28% had untreated caries, 60% had filled teeth, and 32% had signs of gingival disease. Mouthguards were recommended for 26% of athletes. Our findings offer an initial evaluation of the oral health of Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities in New York City. Results showed high preventive and restorative oral health needs in the Special Olympics population.
PMID: 22943773
ISSN: 0275-1879
CID: 177176

Identification and long term stability of DNA captured on a dental impression wafer

Kim, Maile; Siegler, Kate; Tamariz, Jeannie; Caragine, Theresa; Fernandez, Jill; Daronch, Marcia; Moursi, Amr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the quantity and quality of DNA extracted from a dental bite impression wafer immediately after impression and after 12 months of home storage. The authors' hypothesis was that the wafer would retain sufficient DNA with appropriate genetic markers to make an identification match. METHODS: Two impression wafers (Toothprints((R)) brand) were administered to 100 3- to 26-year-olds. A cotton swab was used as a control. DNA from wafers stored for 12 months at home were compared to DNA collected at time 0 and compared to swabs at specific sites to determine quality and accuracy. The amount of DNA captured and recovered was analyzed using MagAttract technology and a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Capillary gel electrophoresis was performed to determine the quality of the DNA profiles obtained from the wafers vs those generated from the swabs of each subject. RESULTS: Average DNA concentration was: 480 pg/muL (wafer at time 0); 392 pg/muL (wafer after 12 months kept by subjects); and 1,041 pg/muL (buccal swab). Sufficient DNA for human identification was recovered from all sets of wafers, producing clear DNA profiles and accurate matches to buccal swabs. No inhibitors were found that could interfere with DNA profiling. CONCLUSIONS: Toothprints(R) impression wafers can be useful for DNA collection and child identification. After 12 months, the wafer was still usable for DNA capture and identification match.
PMID: 23211911
ISSN: 0164-1263
CID: 271922