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Dental Medicine News and Stories


Community    Alumni    Students    Dental Medicine

CU Dental Commencement Speaker Brett Kessler, DDS, Recognized with Honorary Alumni Award

In his powerful commencement speech to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) Class of 2024, Brett Kessler, DDS, shared that he entered dental school with a substance abuse problem, and graduated with a worse substance abuse problem. “I went from rock bottom to living what I consider my best life possible. It’s possible for any and all of us.”

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 29, 2024
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Community    Alumni    Clinics

The Reality of Root Canals: Natural Teeth Are Worth Saving

Root canals often evoke fear, but preserving your natural tooth whenever possible is always preferable to extraction. Nothing looks, feels or functions quite like your natural teeth. Choosing to consult an endodontist for a conservative intervention to save your natural tooth is always advisable.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 22, 2024
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Community    Alumni    Students    Global Health

Spring Break with a Purpose: Dental Students Experience Oral Health Abroad

While some took to the slopes for spring break, six dental students from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) embarked on transformative service-learning trips to Brazil and Honduras. The school’s new Global Health Initiatives aim to teach students about oral health disparities, the burden of oral health diseases, and equity in access to dental care.  

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date March 29, 2024
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Staff Spotlight: Gabby Leilo, Clinic Coordinator

Gabby Leilo spent the first eight years of her life in Beirut, Lebanon. Her family immigrated to a small town in South Carolina in 1990. “Acclimating to a new culture meant embracing the unknown, which shaped me into someone more adaptable and open minded. It’s a journey I’m proud of,” she said. 

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Community    Alumni

CU Dental Couples Hit by Cuspids Arrow

Whether they met in middle school, dental school, through friends or online, these five couples share one common connection: the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM). This Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating the fillings they have for each other, and tooth be told, they are all mint to be.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Staff Spotlight: Abby Jaquez, CDA, EDDA, Diagnostic Procedure Technician

From Alaska to Aurora, Abby Jaquez, CDA, EDDA, is grateful her career has taken her to many places. One of the most memorable was working with a pediatric dentist in Barrow, Alaska, caring for Alaska Native children. She said, “the children were adorable, and the parents were so appreciative to receive dental care for their young ones. Plus, I received my polar bear patch by jumping into the Arctic Ocean. It was frigid!"  

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date January 09, 2024
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Staff Spotlight: Jaymil Patel, MBA, Director of IT Services

How do you keep hundreds of devices up and running so faculty, staff, residents and students can continue teaching, learning, studying, researching, sharing and providing patient care with almost zero SDM systems downtime for more than a decade? It starts with the network servers. It also takes a village—a dedicated team led by SDM Director of Infrastructure and Technology (IT) Services Jaymil Patel, MBA. 

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date December 04, 2023
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Staff Spotlight: Linda Perry, Administrative Assistant II

The first person you meet when you walk into the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) is Linda Perry. She’s the smiling face behind the first-floor information desk—and she’s the helpful voice when you call the main phone line too. “I genuinely love helping people,” she said. “That’s my thing.” She pondered for a moment, then added, “Maybe that’s why I joined the service.”

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date November 09, 2023
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Patient Care    Community

Halloween Candy Tips for Your Teeth

Have you ever wondered if some Halloween candy is better or worse for your teeth? The answer is a resounding “yes.” Whether you’re choosing what kind of sweets to hand out at home or curious if some candies should mysteriously disappear from your child’s trick-or-treat bag, here’s a basic run-down of what to avoid and some better options. 

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date October 24, 2023
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Innovation    Community    Faculty    Alumni    Students

Inaugural Awards Honor Outstanding Contributors at the CU School of Dental Medicine

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) introduced a set of 12 awards to recognize excellence among its faculty, staff, students, residents and alumni. During the ceremony, Dean Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS, expressed her gratitude and pride: "It is our people who make this school what it is today. Your enthusiasm and dedication drive all of our achievements and make the SDM a special, thriving community."

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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Research    Innovation    Community    Alumni    Students    Clinics

Future Focused at 50—Merging High Tech and Humanity

As with all forms of healthcare, dentistry is changing rapidly. Factors such as new technologies, higher-quality data and a wider adoption of person-centered care models make our healthcare systems more cost-effective while delivering better outcomes.

Author Robert Thurston-Lighty | Publish Date August 21, 2023
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Community    Alumni    Students

Serving Colorado Communities

When alumni and students are asked about the Advanced Clinical Training and Service (ACTS) program, many share that it was one of the most memorable experiences in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) curriculum at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM).

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date August 07, 2023
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CU Dental's First Applicant—Where Is He Now?

“As far back as my first filling I have wanted to be a dentist,” Robert Lembke wrote in a 1968 letter to then-dean of the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, Leslie R. Burrows, DDS, PhD. Lembke was 12 years old, in seventh grade and already looking to the future. The dental school wouldn’t open for another five years. 

Author Jaidaa Elbezry | Publish Date July 25, 2023
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Education    Community    Students   

Poverty Simulation Teaches Empathy and Person-Centered Care

“During the next hour, you’re going to be participating in a simulation of what it might be like to be part of a family with low-income trying to survive month to month.” Assistant Professor (C/T) Deidre Callanan, RDH, DC, MPH, introduced the afternoon’s interactive lesson. “This is not a game or a competition; rather it is a shared learning experience meant to educate and elevate patient care.” 

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date February 13, 2023
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Press Coverage    Community

Charcoal Toothpaste: Messy Mouthful or Whitening Wonder?

A fine, black powder emergency room physicians sometimes use for treating patients with overdoses, has entered the health and beauty world in the form of shampoos and soaps to deodorants and toothpaste.

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date November 17, 2022
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Community    Students    Public Health   

The Battle Against Isolation Continues: How CU Students Are Making an Impact

A dental student and a retired lawyer may seem like an unlikely pairing, but through the COVID-19 pandemic, John Gavel (DDS ’24) and Bill Nagel have shared countless conversations. They were introduced as part of an outreach program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: Connecting Older Adults and Students Through Interprofessional Telecare (COAST-IT).  

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date August 04, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Students

First-Year Dental Student Brings Composting to CU Anschutz Medical Campus

When Maiti Grabow (DDS ’25) moved to Colorado for dental school, she hoped that composting would be more accessible here than in her home state, Arizona. Unfortunately, she was surprised to learn that the city of Aurora does not provide public compost, trash or recycling – residents must use private services.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date June 06, 2022
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Community    COVID-19

Dental providers are on the frontline of healthcare

Teams at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine are part of the community of healthcare workers on the frontline during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Author SDM Comms | Publish Date May 11, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Students

Thimble Army helps workers on pandemic's frontlines

“Sew with love” is the slogan of the Thimble Army, a group of CU Dental students who have dedicated their free time away from remote learning to sewing masks for local healthcare workers.

Author SDM Comms | Publish Date April 14, 2020
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Community    Students

Former Olympian's Passion for Health Equity Changes Communities

Second-year dental student Dijana Elmejdoubi (DDS ’22) was ten years old when civil war tore through her home country of Bosnia ripping families apart and leaving her community shattered. But, instead of allowing her early life experience to defeat her, she overcame the darkness she had seen in the war and emerged with a deep appreciation for life and commitment to helping build community.

Author SDM Comms | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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ACTS Preceptor Spotlight: Megan Bright, DDS

The Advanced Clinical Training & Service (ACTS) Program is comprised of nearly 40 clinical sites across Colorado and a team of more than 70 community dental preceptors (experienced clinicians).


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date December 30, 2019
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Thanking our Heroes

John Berdeaux came up with a simple solution to his complex dental problem: chew a Chiclet and put it where his front tooth should be.

Author SDM Comms | Publish Date November 08, 2019
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School of Dental Medicine In the News

Metro Denver Dental Society

Denver's Dental Timeline

news outletMetro Denver Dental Society
Publish DateJuly 03, 2024

A look at the milestones that created the profession we know and love today.

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Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Colorado Launches Colorado Child Health Research Institute

news outletChildren's Hospital Colorado
Publish DateJune 19, 2024

Today, Children’s Hospital Colorado in partnership with University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz Medical Campus) announced the launch of the Colorado Child Health Research Institute, which creates a unique culture of research partnership to improve the lives of children everywhere.

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American Association of Endodontists

May is Save Your Tooth Month

news outletAmerican Association of Endodontists
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

Happy Save Your Tooth Month! Anyone who's ever felt debilitating tooth pain — from the toughest athlete to the everyday citizen — knows a bad toothache can be the difference between winning the game or falling behind.

Luckily, endodontists are the superheroes of saving teeth! They're specialist in pain management and root canal treatment, and they should be your go-to when tooth pain gets you down. To show them how much we appreciate their care and expertise, we're giving them an ENTIRE MONTH of recognition.

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CU Denver News

CU Denver | Anschutz Recognized as a Top Ten Public Urban Research Military Friendly School

news outletCU Denver News
Publish DateApril 07, 2024

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus are once again being recognized as a Military Friendly® School. Together, we are the only universities in Colorado to rank in the tier 2 research category, moving up to the no. 6 spot nationwide. We have been included in these rankings for over 10 years.

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