"It's never too late to stop tooth decay and teach children good oral health habits that can provide a foundation for a lifetime of oral health," says Dr. Lily Lim, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of the Advanced Program for International Dentists in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Lim first worked with children in the pediatric clinic at the University of the East College of Dentistry in her native Philippines, where she earned a DMD degree. Although she emigrated to the United States 30 years ago and has been a faculty member at NYUCD for the past 18 years, she still maintains close contact with dentists in the Philippines and plans to lead an outreach mission to underserved areas there in July 2010.
"The Philippines has only a handful of pediatric dentists, and there's a great need to improve awareness about children's oral health," says Dr. Lim, who will be accompanied by Ms. Jill Fernandez, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Neal Herman, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Bernadette Lapena, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Patrick So, Pediatric Dentistry program, '09; and Dr. Paul Abaya, a 2003 graduate of the Pediatric Dentistry program who practices in the Philippines. In July, Dr. Lim will present a paper on caries prevention and management at the Biennial Conference of the Pediatric Dentistry Association of Asia in Manila.
"Dr. Lim is a great asset to NYUCD," said Dr. Amr M. Moursi, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. "In addition to caries prevention, she is an authority on preventing and treating sports injuries in the oral cavity, and on managing children's anxiety about dental treatment. Dr. Lim is truly passionate about caring for children."