Bulletin of Dental Education

Dentistry In the News - October 2011

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 University of Kentucky Partners with Two Appalachian Schools 

Three universities have planned to work together to fill in the gaps in dental care in eastern Kentucky. The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is partnering with Morehead State University and the University of Pikeville as part of the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Partnership Plan. The goal of the partnership is to encourage more home-grown students to pursue a career in dentistry and then return to eastern Kentucky. A grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, as well as financial support from all three schools, will back this effort.

 UNMC Students Work with Health Professionals Across Nebraska 

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) students are working with health professionals throughout Nebraska as part of their education requirements. The student rotations are part of the UNMC Rural Health Education Network (RHEN), a program developed to help address the shortage of health professionals in rural Nebraska. Students from the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, and the School of Allied Health Professions are participating in the RHEN program. The program was designed to expose students to a rural health setting and encourage them to return to a rural area once they complete their education.

 Dental Museum Opens In Nebraska 

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has opened a dental museum featuring a collection of foot-powered drills, wartime dental chairs, and x-ray machines. The UNMC College of Dentistry opens the museum one week a year and the collection is curated by oral biology professor Dr. Stan Harn. Items such as antique dental cabinets, toothbrushes made with cow bones and pig bristles, turnkeys, and masticators have been collected by Dr. Harn over the past 35 years. The museum is anticipated by students each year and has proved to be a great way to show current students and alumni just how much the dental profession has changed.

 ‘Dental Day’ at The Wildcat Sanctuary  

‘Dental Day’ at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota required a team of brave and strong dentists to pull the tooth of a 200 pound jaguar and perform a root canal on a 100 pound cougar. The team of five veterinary dentists from the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation donated their services for the day. Two root canals, several extractions, an odontoplasty, and full sets of X-rays were performed on jaguars, cougars, a Eurasian lynx, and a Bengal cat were safely performed by the dental team. The highlight of the day was ensuring that jaguar Diable Guapo had teeth to match his name, meaning ‘handsome devil.’

 Minnesota Dental Association Launches Education Campaign 

The Minnesota Dental Association has launched an education campaign designed to help patients understand the connection between oral health and overall health. The “Healthy Gums, Healthy You” campaign explains how a healthy mouth can be linked a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. The campaign includes an online risk assessment tool to help individuals evaluate their risk. The Minnesota Dental Association is a voice of dentistry in Minnesota, representing 80 percent of practicing dentists. Learn more and use the risk assessment tool at www.mndental.org.

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