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School of Dental Medicine News

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Current Dental Medicine News

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.

Allesandro Retis leaning on dental examine chair at UNLV School of Dental Medicine.
People | July 24, 2018

UNLV dental students travel to South America to help those in need

Portrait of Fiona Britton
People | July 9, 2018

After moving from her native Ireland to Reno and then to Australia, Britton finally found her way to UNLV as a faculty member at the School of Dental Medicine.

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.

SheKnows
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?

Dental Medicine Experts

Karen P. West, dean of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, is a dentist whose work focuses population-based clinical studies, oral health promotion, oral cancer prevention, and biomedical research.
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Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

June 19, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) accepted an invitation to be a plenary speaker during the first International Academy of Periodontology Research Conference, which brought together a unique collection of key opinion and thought leaders in periodontal research. The three-day conference addressed contemporary aspects of periodontology, and was attended by...
June 19, 2019
Kenneth Izuora (Medicine), Gayle Allenback, Civon Gewelber, and Michael Neubauer (all Dental Medicine) presented the results from their research at the American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco earlier this month. They looked at factors that were associated with having a diagnosis of osteoporosis among hospitalized...
June 12, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Epidemiologic Evaluation of Nhanes for Environmental Factors and Periodontal Disease,” which appeared in the June issue of Nature Scientific Reports. The study’s findings indicated an array of environmental variables were different in periodontitis among smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers, with a subset...
June 7, 2019
Karl Kingsley, Cale Forgues, and Eric Mullins (all Dental) had their manuscript, "Effects of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) on Dental Pulp Stem Cells (DPSC)," published in the latest tissue of Current Research in Medicine. Forgues and Mullins both are dental students.
June 5, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) co-authored "Pain, Inflammation and Infection: A Daily Challenge in Every Clinical Practice; Role for Lasers?" that appears in the June issue of EC Dental Science. The study’s findings indicated that a diode laser is an effective analgesic, a powerful anti-inflammatory, that can be used to improve the quality of tissue...
May 24, 2019
Drs. Katherine Howard and Karl Kingsley (both Dental), along with Dr. Nimrat Dhillon, '19 Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, recently published their manuscript "Prevalence of Selenomonas noxia among Pediatric and Adult O" in the International Journal of Research and Reports in Dentistry.