Dental Education News: 
March 2019
NYU College of Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities

Individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities now have a dedicated treatment center in New York City for dental care: NYU College of Dentistry's Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities. T he center of excellence provides much-needed comprehensive care for patients in the tri-state area whose disabilities or medical conditions prevent them from receiving care in a conventional dental setting .   Read more.

Politico NY Reports on Dentist Shortage in New York State

New York's dental schools are looking for lawmakers to help them fill dozens of open faculty spots, or they risk exacerbating a looming dentist shortage.... [Faculty] vacancies mean that schools don't have the capacity to increase the number of dental students they teach at a time when many rural and urban areas are struggling to find enough dentists to meet their needs. It also means that the professionals on their staffs have less time to practice in clinics associated with the schools, which often serve low-income groups or people with complex needs, such as people who are developmentally disabled.

NYSADC is seeking a handful of changes to help address the issue, including legislation that would authorize a $40,000 a year benefit for dentists willing to spend at least two years at a New York dental school, up to four years. 

Politico subscribers can read the full article here , or visit   to learn more about the organization's initiatives.

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NYU College of Dentistry Celebrates New Dental Van

NYU College of Dentistry's mobile dental van program-"Smiling Faces, Going Places"-has introduced its new dental van, funded by the New York City Council. The van travels the five boroughs to bring quality dental care and education to New York City children and seniors at no cost to patients. Read more.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: How A Common Oral Bacteria Makes Colon Cancer More Deadly

Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have determined how F. nucleatum - a common oral bacteria often implicated in tooth decay - accelerates the growth of colon cancer. The findings could make it easier to identify and treat more aggressive colon cancers. The study was published online in the journal EMBO Reports.  Read more.

Eastman Institute For Oral Health, University of Rochester: Institute Research Points to Chronic Pain Predictors

Orofacial pain affects the mouth, jaw, face, head and neck. It can be debilitating and severely impact the quality of one's life, affecting daily living functions such as chewing, swallowing, talking and laughing.  Headaches, toothaches, jaw pain, burning sensations, and TMJ pain are just a few examples of how millions suffer from orofacial pain, and up to 10 percent of these patients deal with chronic orofacial pain, lasting anywhere from six months to years.   Read more.

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine: Scientists to Test Light Therapy as Relief From Painful Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

University at Buffalo researchers have received part of a $1.5 million grant to investigate light therapy as a replacement for prescription opioids in treating oral mucositis, painful ulcers and swelling in the mouth that result from chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer.   Read more.

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine: Research Points Toward Possible New Treatment for Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a progressive inflammatory disease that affects approximately half of all American adults. Colonization of the oral cavity by a bacterial pathogen called Porphyomonas gingivalis is a key event in the development of periodontal disease. This bacteria assembles hair-like structures on its surface called fimbriae to adhere in the oral cavity and initiate and sustain infection. Read more.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College Health Hosts 2nd Annual Give Kids A Smile! Event

On February 6th, Touro Dental Health, the 81-chair dental practice of Touro College of Dental Medicine, hosted its second annual Give Kids A Smile! (GKAS) event in partnership with the Ninth District Dental Associate.  TCDM students, faculty, and volunteer dentists from the community came together to provide free dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride, and orthodontics consultations, as well as oral health education to nearly 50 children from across the region .   Read more.

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Brought Back-to-Back Smiles to Long Island Children

Members of the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine community volunteered at back-to-back Give Kids A Smile events in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in support of expanding access to oral health care for local children.   Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine students and faculty kicked off National Children's Dental Health month by attending Give Kids A Smile events organized by local dental organizations, Nassau County Dental Society and Suffolk County Dental Society.  Read more.

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine's "Give Kids A Smile Day" Adds Free Vision Care to New Focus on Overall Health

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host its 18th annual Give Kids A Smile Day, a national program dedicated to raising awareness about the prevalence of untreated dental disease and teaching children good dental health habits.   Read more.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College: First Vendor Fair Hosted

Last month, Touro College of Dental Medicine hosted its first Vendor Fair, presented by the school's American Student Dental Association (ASDA) chapter.  Students were invited to meet and speak with a variety of representatives from the field of dentistry, providing an opportunity to expand their dental education while getting a little swag in the process.  Read more.

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine: Dr. Andrew G. Schwartz Honored as National Teaching Award Recipient by Dental Honor Society OKU

National dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon's (OKU) Stephen H. Leeper Award for Teaching Excellence is presented each year to dental educators who have displayed exemplary standards in dental pedagogy while demonstrating vision and advancement in dental education.   Read more.

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