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School of Dental Medicine News

As the only accredited dental school in Nevada, the School of Dental medicine provides world-class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents. With eight academic degree and advanced education certificate programs, students obtain the necessary skills to provide oral healthcare services to the community and make significant impacts to the field.

Current Dental Medicine News

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Campus News | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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Research | May 11, 2023

UNLV study pinpoints 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, provides new insights into the relationship between gut makeup and dementia.

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People | April 18, 2023

Dr. Christina Demopoulos, a 2023 Community Engagement Award winner, broadens the scope of Dental School's service-learning course.

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Campus News | April 4, 2023

At the community outreach event, 200 members of the School of Dental Medicine provided 226 preventive and restorative treatments to more than 100 kids from local communities.

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People | March 20, 2023

The pediatric dentist was once a difficult patient herself. Now she's committed to serving children, particularly those who are neuro-atypical.

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People | September 14, 2022

Dr. Evelyn Herrera understands the importance of providing underserved communities with accessible dental health care.

Dental Medicine In The News

Psychology Today
May 25, 2023

According to the World Health Organization, Alzheimer's is one of our most debilitating diseases. It effectively erases who you are, insinuating itself at first with annoyance, then anger, then fright, and finally silence. It can take 20 years to play out, exhausting caregivers, family, and friends.

The Health Standard Newswire
May 24, 2023

New research is showing that an abundance of certain specific types of gut bacteria could be associated with the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Trial Site News
May 14, 2023

A growing body of evidence suggests that an imbalance of the human gut microbiome is associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) via neuroinflammatory processes across the gut-brain axis. Now, researchers at the University of Las Vegas have identified 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, providing new insights into the relationship between the gut and dementia.

Asian News International
May 12, 2023

Specific types of gut bacteria and Alzheimer's disease are closely related.

Technology Networks
May 12, 2023

The UNLV team’s analysis found a significant correlation between 10 specific types of gut bacteria and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Science Blog
May 11, 2023

The UNLV team’s investigation found a big link between ten particular types of gut bacteria and the chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

June 2, 2023
Dr. Christina Demopoulos co-authored “Managing Dental Anxiety With Advanced Behavioral Techniques,” which published May 1 in the Decision in Dentistry journal, and May 16 in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. The article explored how using the principles of applied behavior analysis and functional behavior assessment can help allay patients’ dental…
June 2, 2023
Dr. Jyoti Mago and Dr. Sonal Shah (Dental Medicine) delivered a virtual oral presentation for the International Association of Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology (IADMFR) World Tour in May 2023. Their research, “Incidental Findings in the Paranasal Sinuses and Airway Regions and Their Potential Impacts on Dental Management: A CBCT Retrospective Study…
June 1, 2023
Dr. Maryam Tabrizi (Dental Medicine) organized and provided a continuing education course titled “Dentistry and Opioids” for community general dentists in response to opioid crisis in Nevada. The course provided a comprehensive outlook on clinical pain management for dentists, including: Focusing on history of opioids use, culture, the myth, and…
June 1, 2023
Jessica Immonen, Linh Nguyen (both Dental Medicine) and co-authors published the article "An Integrative Review of Remediation Practices for Health Profession Students and Clinicians" in the journal Nurse Education Today. Their findings demonstrated a statistically significant difference between medicine and nursing regarding remediation purpose,…
June 1, 2023
Dr. Sonal Shah (Dental) presented a poster titled "Rare Oral Pathologies in Two Immunocompromised Patients and Their Management Challenges" during the national, annual meeting of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. The presentation explored two cases. The first was a patient taking immunosuppressive medications for a kidney transplant, and…
June 1, 2023
Jessica Immonen (Dental), along with orthodontics resident Dr. Jeremy James, and second-year dental students Ceanna Robinson-Wiley, Megan Melocoton, Philip Friesen, and Yuxuan Ren, co-authored, "Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis Exacerbates with Restored Teeth: A Cadaveric Case Report," which published in the April issue of Open Access…