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Dentistry in the News - January 2011

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Children's Exposure to Radiation

A front-page November 22, 2010, New York Times article raised concerns about children's exposure to radiation during oral examinations. ADEA member Dr. John B. Ludlow, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the experts on dental radiation quoted in the article.

There is not yet scientific data to prove that volumetric imaging produces better results, Dr. Ludlow observed. "Until we have that data, and it's going to take time, we just need to use common sense, good judgment," he said. "And part of that good judgment is recognizing that the youngest are more sensitive to radiation than adults."

The full article can be found here.

ADEA Member Featured in Televised Documentary

Dr. Rosa Chaviano-Moran, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Acting Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, appeared on the New Jersey Network show Salud Sin Barreras/Health without Barriers. This health awareness documentary focused on health issues facing the Hispanic/Latino community. The show was hosted by John Quinones, co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine PrimeTime and sole anchor of the PrimeTime series What Would You Do?

Dr. Chaviano-Moran discussed the barriers Hispanics/Latinos face when trying to get oral health care, including illegitimate dentists who lure unsuspecting patients to their "offices" and the need to recruit dental students from populations that are underrepresented in dentistry. The show can now be viewed at www.njn.net/televisiion/specials/saludsinbarreras.

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