Local Pediatric Dentist Co-authors Textbook
YAKIMA – A first-of-its-kind textbook has been published and a local Yakima resident has had a hand in it. A Yakima pediatric dentist has co-authored a textbook for dentists wanting to focus their practice on children with special health care needs.
Dr. Jessica (DeBord) Webb, pediatric dentist at Children’s Village in Yakima, and Travis Nelson (chair of pediatric dentistry at UW) partnered to write “Dental Care for Children with Special Needs: A Clinical Guide.”
“I think it is wonderful to have that book coming out of Washington state and more specifically, to have one of the co-editors represent Yakima and Children’s Village,” Dr. Webb said. “Children’s Village is an amazing interdisciplinary clinic for kids with special needs and it was an incredible opportunity to help share the holistic and interdisciplinary approach we take with children and their oral health care.”
“We had the opportunity to collaborate with experts who contributed to write chapters, in addition to the ones we wrote.” Dr. Webb added.
The manual offers best practice guidance on dental treatment of pediatric patients with special health care needs. The approaches described in the textbook are claimed to enable clinicians to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“My hope is that this textbook helps to make high quality, comprehensive, child and family centered dental care for children with special needs more accessible elsewhere, like it is here in Yakima at Children’s Village,” Dr. Webb said.