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Current Dental Medicine News

Christine Ancajas standing in a dentist office.
People | August 5, 2019

Her childhood experiences with dental problems fueled her career interests.

Exterior of UNLV School of Dental Medicine Building
People | July 17, 2019

García is an accomplished researcher, teacher, and administrator whose leadership and advocacy have been recognized nationally; she begins at UNLV Sept. 1.

woman working on wax model of skull
Campus News | March 26, 2019

UNLV dental students build up models rather than dissect cadavers to learn the physical landmarks of the jaw.

Dr. Neamat Hassan poses in front of student Jared Link, who is conducting research.
People | February 11, 2019

After traveling the world to pursue and complete her education, she says she came to UNLV because of its wonderful diversity and strong research agenda.

Ashley Hoban
People | October 11, 2018

Dr. Ashley Hoban, School of Dental Medicine Alumna of the Year, keeps kids smiling.

Research | August 24, 2018

A visiting professor and international researcher involves UNLV dental students in studies that address new methods for treating cavities among children.

Dental Medicine In The News

Dentistry Today
April 5, 2019

Dental students typically dissect cadavers to learn about human anatomy. The University of Las Vegas Nevada School of Dental Medicine, however, uses a different approach. The second-year students in Clinically Oriented Anatomy use colored dental wax and thread to build anatomically correct models of the skull over the seven-week course.

Dentistry Today
March 19, 2019

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine to support its Saturday Morning Community Clinics, which provide care to underinsured and uninsured populations throughout Southern Nevada. 

DOCS Education
January 16, 2019

This story – a somebody-said-something-they-shouldn't-have story – went viral overnight and led to the cancellation of two days of dental appointments for a Rochester, NY practice, and nationwide bad press.

Conjour Magazine
October 25, 2018

Dr. Tina Brandon Abbatangelo works to improve the oral health of captive exotic animals across America. This has boosted her concern over the exotic pet trade, particularly in her home state of Nevada where there are no specific laws surrounding the practice. She wrote about her experiences within, and views on, the industry for Conjour.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 23, 2018

Karen West, dean of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, submitted her resignation in early October.

October 1, 2018

Look, we know sugar — especially the refined sugar in candy — isn't good for us. And sure, we try to avoid it whenever possible... but what about Halloween? Is it really that bad to let kids indulge like this once a year?

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Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

August 21, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) accepted an invitation to speak during the first Bernhard Gottlieb Conference: Periodontal Homeostasis in Disease and Regeneration hosted by Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. He presented findings from his study "The Exposome and Periodontal Homeostasis in Aging," which included contributions from Linh Nguyen...
August 13, 2019
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) accepted an invitation to present an integrated approach for promoting the HPV vaccine in a health care setting during the annual Texas Oral Health Conference in Austin. After the presentation, she received invitations to discuss the same topic during two national webinars. Demopoulos has been researching the...
August 9, 2019
Dr. Benjamin Barborka and Dr. Ronald Lemon (both Dental) accepted invitations to speak during the Dentsply Sirona’s Endodontic Opinion Leaders Forum, which annually hosts some of the best endodontic educators and clinicians in the world. They were two of six speakers chosen from 25 applicants, and addressed the future of the endodontic specialty....
August 5, 2019
Dr. Rachelle Davidowitz (Dental) recently published her manuscript "Salivary Screening for Selenomonas Noxia in the Oral Cavity of Pediatric Patients" with Dr. Katherine Howard and Dr. Karl Kingsley (both Dental) in the inaugural issue of Current Dental Research Journal. Davidowitz is a pediatric dental resident.
July 25, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Biological Response to Peri-Implantitis Treatment,” which investigated biological markers of peri-implantitis (PIP) in crevicular fluid before and after surgical and antimicrobial therapy. The researchers concluded that elevated concentrations of interleukin-1β in peri-implant crevicular fluid (PICF) were...
July 1, 2019
Dr. James Mah (Dental) authored “Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT) in Two Hyperdivergent Patients,” which appeared in the June issue of the Journal of Aligner Orthodontics. His study presented complex clinical cases in which clear orthodontic aligners can be used with excellent results. The cases support the general notion that patients with increased...