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Symposium addresses dental disease in children

March 14, 2017 San Francisco — Dental professionals interested in an interdisciplinary approach to dental disease management are invited to the University of California, San Francisco’s 2nd Annual Oral Health Alliance Symposium on April 8. 

The theme for this year's symposium is Myth and Practice of Dental Disease Prevention in Children. It will feature speakers in the field and also experts on dental disease management in children and the impact of industry on health research and policy, said symposium organizer, Dr. Brent Lin, a clinical professor at the UCSF School of Dentistry, director of the university’s pre-doctoral pediatric dentistry program and director of the UCSF Oral Health Alliance.

Dr. Lin in 2015 received a $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and this symposium is one component of Dr. Lin’s mission to increase access of dental care and to reduce oral health disparity among children. His team has developed and implemented collaborative oral health training for primary healthcare trainees and prepared the workforce to care for those in underserved, rural and vulnerable populations.

This is the second year in a row Dr. Lin has organized a symposium. Last year, more than 60 dental and other healthcare professionals attended the event.  There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required by visiting Continuing education credit is expected to be available.

For more information about the event, send an email to or visit