Be SMART: Improve Your Practice with Silver Diamine Fluoride and Glass Ionomer Cement—A Seminar and Hands-on Workshop

Children's dentistry

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a revolutionary approach to combating caries in a non-invasive manner. Since its 2014 FDA clearance in the United States and a widely publicized 2016 feature in the New York Times, there has been tremendous interest surrounding the use of SDF from patients and dentists. Learn the principles of case selection, informed consent, treatment planning and a clinical protocol for SDF.

Learn how to restore cavities in a quick, effective and painless way using SDF, Glass Ionomer Cement and stainless-steel crowns—known as Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (SMART) and the Hall Technique.  Find out how offering minimally-invasive options like SDF, SMART and Hall can attract new patients, improve patient satisfaction and increase referrals to your practice, while improving oral health and increasing access to care.

Attendees may choose to attend the lecture program only or join us for both the lecture and one of two afternoon hands-on workshops. The morning seminar is a pre-requisite for the afternoon workshop. 

During the Seminar, Learn How To

  • Describe the evidence for using SDF and SMART to treat and prevent dental caries
  • Review informed consent and treatment planning for SDF and SMART
  • Demonstrate proper documentation, coding, and billing for SDF and SMART
  • Examine case selection, materials, and clinical protocol for SDF, SMART, and Hall Technique

During the Hands-on Workshop, Learn How To

  • Practice SMART technique on typodonts in laboratory setting
  • Receive feedback from instructors on demonstrated technique

Training Methods

Presentations, case study, document analysis, discussion and hands-on simulation

Packing List for the Hands-on Workshop

Please bring your own basic operative kit. You may also choose to bring prepped teeth mounted in stone. Instructions for prepping the teeth will be provided shortly before the course.

Corporate Support

Elevate Oral Care

Meet Our Expert

Jeanette MacLean, DDS, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, owner of Affiliated Children’s Dental Specialists in Glendale, Arizona, and mother of two.  Dr. MacLean received her dental degree, with honors, from the University of Southern California in 2003 and completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry in 2005 at Sunrise Children’s Hospital through the University of Nevada School of Medicine.  Dr. MacLean has become an internationally recognized advocate and expert on silver diamine fluoride, appearing in newspapers, magazines, television, and providing continuing education lectures on this hot topic. Most notably, she was featured in the July 2016 New York Times article “A Cavity Fighting Liquid Helps Kids Avoid Dentists’ Drills,” which brought national attention to the option of treating cavities non-invasively with silver diamine fluoride. 

Educational Support

This course is supported in part by the Robert J. Feigal Lectureship endowment.

About Dr. Robert J. Feigal

Dr. Feigal was a Professor, the Director of the Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry and Chair of the Department of Preventive Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He received his DDS degree, a PhD in oral biology, and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Minnesota. After 15 years on the dental school faculty he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan where he was awarded the Samuel D. Harris Professorship in dentistry in 2000. In addition, he served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Facilities & Planning.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Feigal trained more than 120 specialists in pediatric dentistry. These graduate students were the pride of his professional life. His research interests focused on caries management, sealants and behavior guidance techniques in pediatric dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia; he also published more than 70 articles and book chapters.

The University of Minnesota established the annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium honoring Bob's ongoing contributions to the field of pediatric dentistry. Fortunately, he was able to attend the first two symposia before his death. Bob was not only a dynamic teacher, but an ever-willing co-learner of life.

Committee & Supporters

Thank you to the Feigal Lectureship Directors Group for their leadership and incredible kindness. Members include:

Adena Borodkin, DDS, MS
Golden Valley Kids

Soraya Beiraghi, DDS, MS, MSD
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Richard Baylon, DDS
Baylon & Beinlich Pediatric Dentistry

Daniel Raether, DDS, MS
Camp Smile

Gayathri Sambasivan, DDS
Dentistry for Children and Adolescents


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The seminar portion of the program will run from 8:30 AM to 12:15 PM.
  • There will be a 15-minute refreshment break mid-morning.
  • A “grab and go” lunch will be provided for participants attending one of the afternoon workshop.
  • Workshop Section A will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.
  • Workshop Section B will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to Wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Packing List for the Hands-on Workshop

Please bring your own basic operative kit. You may also choose to bring prepped teeth mounted in stone. Instructions for prepping the teeth will be provided shortly before the course.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 30 during each Hands-on Workshop.


Morning Seminar Only

$235 dentist

$185 dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant

Seminar and Hands-on Workshop

$380 dentist

$330 dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant

Light breakfast is included. A "to go” bag lunch will be provided for Workshop attendees.


Morning Seminar Only

3.5 hours

Minnesota Credits

3.5 Fundamental Credit Hours
Includes CORE Subject Areas:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Record Keeping
Seminar and Hands-on Workshop

5 hours

Minnesota Credits

5 Fundamental Credit Hours
Includes CORE Subject Areas:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Record Keeping


Morning Seminar 

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Hands-on Workshop

Section A: 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Section B: 3:00 to 4:30 PM


2-690 Moos HS Tower
Minneapolis Campus