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dental medicine Accomplishments

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.

Feb 9, 2017
Dr. Wendy Woodall (Dental) has been appointed as a member of the inaugural 12-person review committee of site visitors for the Dental Therapy Accreditation Board. The board, which reports to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, reviews three-year academic dental therapy programs and recommends accreditation consideration to the commission.

Feb 3, 2017
Marcia Ditmyer (Dental Medicine) authored a chapter titled “Logic Modeling for Planning, Implementing, Evaluating, and Communicating Results From an Organizational Oral-Health Literacy Project“ that appears in the current issue of SAGE Research Methods Cases. The publication, which appeared online Jan. 27, provides cases for educators who teach research to use in their curriculums.

Jan 19, 2017
Karen West (Dental Medicine) co-authored “Which Way to Lean? A National Study of Women Dental Faculty Members’ Career Aspirations and Choices,” which appeared in the December issue of the Journal of Dental Education. The article explored factors and perceived barriers for why administrative/leadership positions were or were not sought, and was named one of the journal’s top ten published articles during 2016.   

Jan 18, 2017
William Davenport (Dental Medicine) served as an accreditation consultant to the University of Nuevo Leon School of Dentistry (UANL), located in Monterrey, Mexico. During the visit, he presented information about competency-based education and how to develop rubrics for competency assessment. UANL, the third largest dental school in Mexico, is seeking international accreditation available through the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This is the second consultation visit between UANL and the School of Dental Medicine since February 2016.