MODULES & OBJECTIVES

Overall Course Objectives:
  • To provide research-backed, mindfulness-based information to allow for best treatment practices and outcomes
  • To encourage practitioners to shift away from outdated concepts and verbiage that isn‚Äôt serving the positive progression of our field and instead expand upon new thought processes
  • To help practitioners build confidence in their communication and collaborative care efforts¬†
  • To inspire others to reconsider just going through the motions‚Ķ it‚Äôs time to take ownership over our protocols¬†
  • To take a careful, conservative¬†approach in assessment and treatment so we can stand by collaborative care that is indicated, and avoid overdiagnosis, over-treatment and overwhelm
  • Impact of tongue function on eating, breathing, sleeping, mood, digestion

Welcome To Your Journey

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Show¬†practitioners how to shift away from outdated concepts and verbiage that isn‚Äôt serving the positive progression of our field and instead expand upon new thought processes

Anatomy & Normalcies in Presentation

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Describe¬†normalcies in infant oral anatomy¬†
  • Identify¬†variations in lingual, labial and buccal frenulum anatomy
  • Illustrate proper tongue positioning and the role in craniofacial development

Ankyloglossia Incidence & Impacts

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Define¬†what ankyloglossia is and why it occurs
  • Summarize tongue tie inheritance and presentation patterns
  • Interpret impacts of short, inflexible frenula on functional presentations
  • Analyze¬†the rise in tongue tie diagnosis and frenectomy rate
  • Explain¬†how to avoid misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis of tongue and lip ties
  • Demonstrate the importance of a collaborative approach to support diagnosis and treatment outcomes
  • Connect anatomy with common tongue tie symptoms¬†

Oral Motor Development & Impact of Tongue Function on Eating, Speaking & Breathing

Speakers: Anna Gross, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Describe¬†frenectomy ‚Äútiming‚ÄĚ considerations
  • Demonstrate¬†oral motor development and considerations from birth through toddlerhood
  • Explain the impact of the tongue function on eating, speaking and breathing
  • Identify how to best support progress of babies/toddlers and empower parents before and after frenectomy
  • Analyze live therapy sessions with children demonstrating appointment flow, functional evaluation insight, oral motor techniques and feeding support recommendations

Breastfeeding, Bottle & Swallowing Mechanics

Speaker: Julie Matheney, MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC

  • Show¬†the anatomy and physiology of infant feeding and oral reflexes
  • Interpret¬†the interaction of oral structures and functions on the physiology of the breastfeeding swallow that impact successful breastfeeding
  • Classify¬†the differences in oral mechanics at the breast versus bottle feeding
  • Identify¬†the symptoms presented in a dyad are linked to oral restrictions or other factors

Assessment Considerations & Classifications Systems

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Demonstrate the importance of a collaborative approach to support diagnosis and treatment outcomes
  • Assess¬†anatomical presentations with common tongue tie symptoms
  • Describe frenectomy ‚Äútiming‚ÄĚ considerations

Diagnosis & Care Plan

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Recognize the importance of a collaborative approach to support diagnosis and treatment outcomes
  • Connect anatomical presentations with common tongue tie symptoms
  • Understand frenectomy ‚Äútiming‚ÄĚ considerations

Chiropractic & Craniosacral Fascial Therapy Introduction

Speakers: Dr. Kolleen Gregory, DC, FICPA, Dr. Lauren Brim, PHD, Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Show¬†our fascia system and its relationship with our body‚Äôs functionality
  • Summarize¬†the differences and overlaps between pediatric craniosacral fascial therapy and chiropractic care
  • Describe¬†how fascia gets injured in babies and signs of injuries
  • Show how to heal fascia injuries and signs of completed treatment
  • Analyze live craniosacral fascial therapy (CSFT) sessions demonstrating appointment flow, structural evaluation, techniques and insights

Pediatric Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy Introduction

Speakers: Brittany Cheng, MS, OTR/L, Dr. Rebecca Toga, PT, DPT & Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Generalize¬†the differences and overlaps between pediatric physical and occupational therapy
  • Assess¬†how these services can benefit little ones with various structural or functional presentations¬†
  • Integrate¬†the importance of movement and range of motion in our growth and development

Breastfeeding Considerations & Insight

Speakers: Julie Matheney, MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, Aqueelah Russell, MBA, IBCLC, LCCE & Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Summarize breastfeeding physiology
  • Describe¬†when milk production begins, what this process is like and the common concerns of new mothers
  • Identify¬†important considerations regarding each woman‚Äôs unique breastfeeding journey

Honoring the Fourth Trimester

Speakers: Lauren Archer, Doula, Lactation Specialist, Abby Vidikin, LM & Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS 

  • Explain¬†the fourth trimester and the transformative shifts occurring
  • Decide¬†how to best communicate with new parents as a care team provider while parents navigate a new world

Procedure Considerations & Prep

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Generalize¬†communication points when reviewing treatment considerations with parents
  • Identify pre and post-procedure room essentials and set-up
  • Illustrate topical paste mindfulness and application process

Procedure Technique, End Point & Frenectomy Videos

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Show¬†lingual, labial, and buccal frenectomy surgical technique
  • Identify starting and stopping points as well as critical anatomical landmarks for procedure safety and healing optimization
  • Describe the¬†importance and implementation of proper stabilization practices

Wound Healing & Mindful Post-Op Care

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Define¬†the 4 factors that dictate wound healing outcomes
  • Explain why non-aggressive, gentle movement-based wound post-op protocols are so crucial
  • Demonstrate Dr. Pinto‚Äôs Bouncy, Standing Stretch¬†
  • Summarize Properties of Oral Wound Healing

Photobiomodulation - Laser Therapy 101

Speakers: Dr. David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS, Pete Cousins, Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Interpret the therapeutic effects of photobiomodulation (PBM) for patients on a cellular level
  • Describe¬†the various applications and benefits of PBM in Dr. Pinto‚Äôs clinical setting
  • Identify the science & physiology related to photobiomodulation (PBM)
  • List¬†dental specific clinical applications & benefits of PBM
  • Interpret¬†the safety & contraindications related to therapeutic lasers
  • Demonstrate¬†best techniques & protocols to achieve optimal clinical results
  • Explain the history and evolution of light therapy
  • Assess¬†the ways health professionals are utilizing PBM in their offices
  • Summarize¬†the most important features that determine optimal use of a laser

Soft Tissue Surgical Lasers 101

Speakers: Dr. Peter Virtuk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, Chase Smith, Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Tell the history of CO2 lasers and understand some of the ways providers are incorporating the tool into their practices
  • Describe the learning curve when using a CO2 laser and celebrate the importance of education
  • Interpret¬†the basics of laser physics
  • Analyze types of ablative lasers and properties of each
  • Show CO2 laser fundamentals and components
  • Illustrate¬†the CO2 laser components while observing the laser-tissue interaction up close

Controversy, Mixed Messaging & Social Media Myths

Speakers: Julie Matheney, MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Identify¬†how to address the disconnect amongst professionals and parents in regards to tongue and lip tie assessment and treatment
  • Interpret¬†mixed messaging in the media world and the truth behind social media ‚Äúmyths‚ÄĚ
  • Explain¬†pertinent research updates supporting tongue tie treatment

Virtual Shadowing with Dr. Pinto

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Analyze live consultations with children demonstrating appointment flow, oral evaluation insight, conversation with parents, treatment recommendations, and frenectomy treatment when indicated

Expectations & Challenging Cases

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Assess¬†possible complex, challenging case presentations
  • Summarize¬†re-release considerations
  • Describe¬†how to avoid/address emergencies

Functional Pediatric Dentistry

Speakers: Dr. Staci Whitman, DMD, IFMCP, NMD, IABD, Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Show how and why our jaw and craniofacial structures have changed over the process of human evolution
  • Identify how parents and providers can support jaw development in infancy and toddlerhood
  • Explain the oral/gut microbiome connection and how to optimize oral health with food introduction
  • Summarize the effect of breastfeeding on occlusion patterns

Holistic Pediatrics

Speakers: Dr. Carissa Stanton, MD, Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Define¬†the basis of holistic and functional healthcare
  • Describe¬†the impacts of identifying root cause while treating and evaluating the family as a whole
  • Explain holistic healthcare and the importance in the management of infant tongue tie
  • Analyze¬†the holistic management of various symptoms that may present in the tongue-tied infant‚Äč
  • Demonstrate¬†the importance of the mind-body connection and learn the role of vagus nerve function
  • Assess¬†genetic and environmental risk factors for infant tongue tie

Our Office, Space Layout & the Essentials

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Show how the office environment may influence patient comfort and experience

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

  • Summarize the information and guidance received in the course
  • Decide to take a stand and to provide proper care in a controversial field