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An Introduction to the Fundamentals of the Pediatric Specialty (AGD 430)

Presenter: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA


Pediatric dentistry is the dental specialty that deals with the dental treatment of children from infancy to adolescence. This type of dental practice may also treat patients with special needs, such as developmental disabilities and patients with Down syndrome. This area of dentistry is similar to dental treatment for adults, but the dental team must be aware that primary teeth may require adaptations in procedures, the selection of dental materials may differ, there are two dentitions involved, and growth factors must be taken into account. In addition, the dental team may also have to deal with patient behavior management.


Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA – began her dental assisting career over 25 years ago after graduating from the CODA accredited program ConCorde Career Institute. She spent twelve years working in a private practice where she worked clinically nine years and administratively the remaining three. She then moved onto teaching dental assisting and eventually became director of that program. Over lapping with teaching, Natalie began her tenure with Children’s Dental Services in 2007 in management and currently serves as clinical coordinator responsible for the day to day operations at over 600 locations where services are provided throughout Minnesota. Natalie enjoys the challenges of the public health sector and is gratified in serving those that are underserved, especially in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. With over a decade of restorative functions experience under her belt, she enjoys working with professionals new to dentistry as her love for teaching comes into play with the utilization of clinicians to the full scope of their licenses. The clinic keeps Natalie busy with billing management when not at the hospital. Natalie also graduated with a BA in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University in 2005.

Ms. Kaweckyj served two terms as ADAA President (2017-2018; 2010-2011). She remains active on several councils, and serves as a President of the Professional Dental Assistants Educational Foundation (PDAEF). She served as a three-term president for MnDAA and remains as the state business secretary. Natalie has been recognized with several ADAA awards, was one of the first ADAA Fellows in 1999 and became the first ADAA Master in 2004. She has published numerous continuing education courses, over 200 articles and lectures on a variety of dental subjects locally, nationally and internationally. Organized dentistry gave Natalie the insight that you can make a difference as a dental professional, and she was instrumental in seeing licensure for dental assistants come to fruition in MN in as well as several expanded functions. Her dream would be to see mandatory credentialing become a reality in all states for protection of the public and maintaining integrity of the dental assisting profession.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Explain the use of a space maintainer.
  • Describe the pulpal therapy procedure.
  • Outline the similarities in stainless-steel and space maintainer preparation.
  • Describe the setup and procedure for the placement of a stainless-steel crown.
  • Recognize when space management may be needed.
  • Recognize the characteristics of a properly adapted loop.
  • Explain post-operative instructions for space management appliances.
  • Identify the benefits and limitations of using amalgam restorative material.
  • Identify the components of composite restorative material.
  • Discuss how fluoride works as a preventive measure against caries.
  • Recognize the benefits and risks of using Silver Diamine Fluoride.
  • Identify the various sources of fluoride.
  • Discuss the indications and contraindications for pit and fissure sealants.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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