Your favorite podcast host, Dr. Joel Berg, is back with AAPD’s newest Podcast Series, Newly Erupted! Created for residents and early career dentists, this series aims to focus on topics that will help you kick start your career in the dental field, all handpicked by residents themselves!
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Pediatric Feeding Disorders: What Role Do Pediatric Dentists Play in Care?
Although 1 in every 37 children experiences Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD), it’s a little-talked about diagnosis. PFD relates to any impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate. Pediatric dentists may find themselves as the first medical provider contact for children and families managing PFD. Very special guest Dena Berg walks us through the four domains that factor into the broad PFD diagnosis and how providers can collaborate with the larger care team. She also discusses the role pediatric dentists play in educating patients and families, creating a safe and positive oral care experience, and limiting generalizations and misconceptions about patients and PFD.
Dena Berg, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist working in home health in Arizona with over ten years of experience working with clients with Pediatric Feeding Disorder related to developmental disabilities. She has spoken about different topics relating to Pediatric Feeding Disorder at the Arizona-Speech-Language-Hearing Association state conference for the last two years. Dena also mentors graduate students who have an interest in feeding therapy and has been a part of the Feeding Collective since 2020.
About Newly Erupted’s Host:
Joel H. Berg is a consultant in the dental industry and practices Pediatric Dentistry part time in the Phoenix, Ariz., area. He is Professor Emeritus and former Dean at the University of Washington. Dr. Berg is a board-certified pediatric dentist and is a Past-President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Past-President of the AAPD Foundation.
He is an editor of the book Early Childhood Oral Health, and has published extensively on subjects including dental restorative materials for children, and medical management of dental caries. His current research interests include the development of dental caries prevention programs using risk assessment models to manage dental caries as a disease. He lectures to dental professionals regularly on "Medical Management of Dental Caries". Dr. Berg is also the host of AAPD’s other podcast, Pedo Teeth Talk!