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Warning Signs
With Syphilis on the Rise, Providers Pinpoint Oral Symptoms

A turn-of-the-century medical illustration of syphilis symptoms on a patient's mouth. 
A spike in syphilis cases, linked to the opioid epidemic, means dentists and other oral healthcare providers should be ready to spot signs of the disease, which can appear in the mouth, said Assistant Professor Dr. Shruti Kashikar. She recently gave a lecture on syphilis symptoms, along with a history of cultural attitudes toward the disease and early theories about its cause.   LEARN MORE

Dr. Maxine Strickland, seated, and students Rebecca Eis, left, and Nicole Viola, right, examine radiographs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Viccaro)
All in the Family
RSDM Research Links Tooth Anomalies and Heredity 

When a child has a tooth anomaly, such as delayed eruption of adult teeth or other abnormalities, parents often worry that it's a sign of more serious health issues.
Assistant Professor Dr. Maxine Strickland reassures them that, most of the time, it's not. For the past few years, Strickland has worked with Rutgers students exploring how genetics and heredity are linked to tooth anomalies.  LEARN MORE

Creating Opportunity 
Program to Boost Diversity in Academic Dentistry Gets Funding

Associate Dean for Admissions Rosa Chaviano-Moran is the grant's principal investigator.
RSDM received an $85,000 grant from the ADEAGies Foundation to help underrepresented students and recent graduates become leaders in the field of academic dentistry. The program is designed to encourage underrepresented students, including LGBTQ students, to become faculty and administrators at dental schools and schools that educate dental hygienists.  LEARN MORE

Network and Learn at RSDM Series

Alums and students can mingle, learn something new and earn valuable continuing dental education (CDE) credits at a three-part series that kicks off November 8 at the Mountain Lakes Club in Mountain Lakes. The first lecture will feature Dr. John C. Minichetti, Director of The Dental Implant Learning Center at Englewood Dental in Englewood, who will speak about Esthetic Issues with Dental Implant. For more information and to register go  here. 
New Employees Join RSDM

Below is a list of recent additions to the RSDM family.


Samantha Avina, Oral Biology, Resident Teaching Specialist V

Suzanne Galvin, Extramural Clinics, Secretary III,


Zaharoula Maris, Diagnostic Sciences, Clinical Instructor


RSDM will host its annual faculty and staff recognition event on November 28 at Nanina's in the Park in Bellville from 5:30 to 9:30. There will be dinner, dancing and valet parking. Attire is business festive. The cost for faculty and staff is $20. For alumni and guests, the cost is $40. Checks only will be accepted as payment. For more information and to register see Andrea West in B-821 or Vincent Nacco in B-856.