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dental medicine Accomplishments

Apr 17, 2017
Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Springs Preserve Foundation. The board of directors comprises business and community leaders who are committed to the Springs Preserve's long term health and viability.

Apr 7, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) has been appointed to the editorial board of Nature, Scientific Reports. The editorial board manages the peer review process, and makes final decisions on whether papers should be accepted. The board comprises experts from all major fields within the clinical, biological, chemical, physical, and earth sciences, to ensure that each submission is handled by a specialist with an active research career. Lynch also published a clinical trial in this prestigious journal Nature, Scientific Reports in June, titled "Ozone Treatment of Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis: A Double Blinded study." This research showed that application of ozone on recurrent aphthous stomatitis lesions for 60 seconds reduced pain levels and enhanced ulcers healing by reducing ulcers size and duration.     Ozone     

Mar 31, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) this week was installed as president of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Research Group at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research in San Francisco. He was elected by his peers. At the meeting he served as group program chair, refereeing submissions as well as structuring scientific sessions. He also was chairperson of a scientific session and chairperson of the annual business meeting and was elected and attended the annual International Association for Dental Research Council meeting. Additionally, he presented a "lunch and learn" session as well as a presentation on one of his clinical trials, "Ozone Treatment of Symptomatic, Deep, Almost Cariously Exposed Lesions." He also was elected to attend the 2018 Council of the International Association for Dental Research, which he will attend as the president of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Research Group. 

Mar 29, 2017
Connie Mobley (Dental) presented “Linking Nutrition and Dentistry: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for a Common Cause” during the International Association for Dental Research annual meeting. She has spoken about dental nutrition at multiple annual meetings for the international and national associations during the past 20 years. The International Association for Dental Research is a nonprofit organization with nearly 11,000 individual members dedicated to advancing research and increasing knowledge that improves oral health worldwide; supporting and representing the oral health research community; and facilitating the communication and application of research findings.

Mar 21, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) has recently published a research paper in the International Dental Journal investigating the influence of time and different tooth widths on masticatory efficiency and muscular activity in dentures. A reduction of the occlusal table width in these teeth resulted in decreased masticatory efficiency two months after denture fabrication, but there was no significant difference in muscular activity between narrow and wide teeth. However, after four months, the masticatory efficiency of the participants with narrower teeth improved without any changes in muscular activity. 

Mar 9, 2017
Joshua Polanski, Karl Kingsley, Nicolette Rizutto, and Matthew Vial (all Dental School) recently published the manuscript "Clinical Significance and Utility of Neck Circumference Measurement in the Dental Clinic Setting" in the Journal of Medical Discovery.

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Mar 6, 2017
Edward Lynch's (Dental) recent paper Spatial distribution mapping of drinking water fluoride levels in Karnataka, India: fluoride-related health effects published in Perspectives in Public Health estimated the concentration of fluoride in drinking water through different zones of 29 districts of Karnataka, India. The research paper presented an updated fluoride concentration intensity map (in relation to temperature and rainfall) and evaluated the data in the context of fluoride-related health effects such as fluorosis, muscle-bone and kidney diseases. The map shows the level of fluoride at a glance, and quickly identifies the fluoride deficit and excess areas of the state. However, Pavagada, which has a high concentration of fluoride in its drinking water, is a concern and needs intervention, like providing treatment, particularly better tertiary care of extreme cases, and establishing primary and secondary prevention of the suffering population. The paper calls for a collaborative approach and support from governmental and non-governmental agencies. A disturbing fact is that 95 percent of children are suffering from dental fluorosis. Many of the de-fluoridation plants (more than 50 percent) were not working properly. Severe dental fluorois is an indicator of systemic fluorosis, which may affect the kidneys, bones, and muscles. This paper has already been reported in numerous national newspapers and media around the world including four reports in the Times of India, as well as the Deccan Herald and NewsWits.    

Feb 23, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) recently published a research paper titled “Effect of Different Thermo-light Polymerization on Flexural Strength of Two Glass Ionomer Cements and a Glass Carbomer Cement”. (J Prosthet Dent.  E-pub ahead of print). This novel “thermo-light polymerization” work proved that simple polymerization lights can be used for heating the more biocompatible filling materials glass ionomer cements (GICs) or glass carbomers to dramatically improve their mechanical properties. This should improve their longevity in the oral cavity as well as allowing these materials to be used more frequently instead of less biocompatible alternatives. In addition, this novel process can speed up the setting time thereby saving time and costs for these procedures.

Feb 16, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) has been elected by his peers in the Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research as the incoming president of this prestigious international organization. His presidency will commence at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research in San Francisco in March.