GLOBAL Webinar Series January 2023

Dental Care Across the Lifespan of Patients with Down Syndrome


In this insightful GLOBAL webinar, Drs. Perlman and Ackerman discussed: why dentistry is the most difficult health care need to get access to and receive care for; the barriers to dental care for people with a disability; the co-morbidities and secondary conditions people with Down syndrome face; how to tailor orthodontic treatment to each individual child’s needs and limitations; communication between patients, parents, and their orthodontist; and case reports that demonstrate the possibilities of treatment, as well as limitations. The webinar attracted 340 registrations from 42 states and 9 countries (Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, India, Ireland, Netherlands, and United Kingdom).

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Steven Perlman, DDS 

Dr. Perlman is a Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. For the past 40 years, he has devoted much of his private practice as well as his teaching, to the treatment of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an oral health initiative for the athletes of Special Olympics International. He currently serves as their Senior Global Clinical Advisor. Presently, Dr. Perlman is also an Adjunct Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the A. T. Still University of Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, the Lutheran Medical Centers, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as the Jamaica School of Technology. He has published over 300 articles and co-edited the textbook “Treating the Dental Patient with a Developmental Disorder.”

Marc Ackerman DMD 

Dr. Ackerman specializes in the orthodontic treatment of children with dentofacial deformity, intellectual and physical disabilities and sleep disordered breathing. He received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental medicine in 1998 and his certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Rochester-Eastman Dental Center in 2000. Dr. Ackerman later completed his MBA in Executive Leadership at Jacksonville University Davis College of Business in 2009. He also completed his Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School in 2014. Dr. Ackerman is an adjunct assistant professor of oral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He founded the American Teledentistry Association in 2017 and has served as its Executive Director. Dr. Ackerman serves on the advisory boards of several teledentistry companies including Holland Healthcare and Digibite.


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