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Massachusetts academy of pediatric dentistry

Our Mission

We are an organization of individuals whose primary concern is to promote the oral health of, and to be the advocates for, infants, children, adolescents and people with special health care needs. Our academy represents the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the purpose of achieving a high and ethical standard of practice, promotion of education, and research in pediatric dentistry. This academy represents its membership as a liaison to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, health care groups, governmental agencies, and the community at large.

Upcoming events

    • April 24, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sheraton Hotel, 100 Cabot St, Needham, MA 02494

    MAPD April CE

    The Tongue and Tethered Oral Tissues: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

    Speaker: Larry Kotlow, DDS

    Dr. Kotlow is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo Dental School, and completed his pediatric dental residency at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He became Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry in 1980‚ and is a life member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Life Fellow of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (FABPD) life member of the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) and Third District Dental Society of New York, member of American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD)‚ and has been a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) since 2000. He has achieved Mastership from the Academy of Laser Dentistry (MALD)‚ ALD Advanced Proficiency in Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and CO2 (9300 nm) lasers, and Standard Proficiency in diode (810 nm and 980 nm) lasers.

    Dr. Kotlow is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, two textbooks (Atlas of TOTS and SOS 4 TOTS) about lasers, infant frenectomies, and breastfeeding. He has contributed to various chapters in six textbooks on laser and pediatric dentistry.


    As the medical profession began to learn and understand the benefits of breastfeeding extended far beyond just providing a source of food for infants, more and more mothers have chosen to nurse their infants. As more mothers began to breastfeed, the effects of restrictive tethered oral tissues (RTOTS) such as ankyloglossia, lip-ties and buccal ties need to be addressed and often revised to intercept and prevent the development of many comorbidities.  The purpose of this presentation is to elevate the assessment, diagnosis & understanding that when there are RTOTS , there are many infant development and growth problems that may be related to the RTOTS.

                RTOTS need to be considered as a part of many differential diagnostic examination infant growth and development problems. I will discuss how to properly evaluate, assess, and diagnose which ties need to be released or revised.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.Learn correct way to examine infants, toddlers, and teens for RTOTS

    2.Understand comorbidities related to RTOTS

    3.How the infant and toddler examinations can be completed without complex detailed assessment tools

    (2 CEUs)

    Please save this date on your calendar!


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Treasurer, Derek Zurn, DDS, MS
966-C Park Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

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