Dr. A. Jeffrey Wood, Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, was featured in the "Healthwatch" news segment for KPIX-TV, a CBS affiliate in San Francisco. The segment discussed the documented case of a 35-year-old pregnant woman with gingivitis, and subsequently a mild upper respiratory infection. The infection and bacteria made their way to the placenta and killed the fetus. "People aren't truly healthy unless they also have healthy mouths," said Dr. Wood. Watch the video.
A new novel set in Chicago's Skid Row in the 1960s provides a look at the life of an idealistic dental professional running a practice in a low-income area. Murder on Skid Row is Charlene Wexler's first novel; she is married to dentist Dr. Sam Wexler.
The Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana covered the first tooth implant that will store a person's medical history. Called I-Denti-Fied, the implant is the size of a grain of rice and links a unique identification number to the medical history. The information can't be stolen because it isn't in the chip, and the code can only be read by a special "reader," produced by the same company, aimed at the client's mouth. "It takes dentistry out of the post-mortem era and brings it into the lifesaving era," inventor Dr. Kevin Brunski suggested.
In honor of Children's Dental Health Month, DrBicuspid.com offers a series of articles and how-to videos demonstrating ways to work with children during clinical visits. Topics include "When dentists fear children," "Tell, show, do," and "Dentistry for cry babies." The coverage emphasizes the goal of keeping children and parents calm during dental assessments and any procedures performed. The materials can be accessed at www.DrBicuspid.com with free registration.