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Dental Medicine News and Stories



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    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

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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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

Pharmacy Fika

Does Teamwork Make the Dream Work in Health Professions Education?

news outletPharmacy Fika
Publish DateNovember 07, 2023

During the episode we speak with Lindsey J. Yates, DDS - Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine and Assistant Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - about the benefits and challenges of interprofessional education.  There are lots of natural connections and topics that faculty, practitioners, and students could explore together... but often, the incentives are misaligned.  

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American Dental Association (ADA)

Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry Honored at the American Dental Association's SmileCon™ 2023

news outletAmerican Dental Association (ADA)
Publish DateOctober 08, 2023

CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2023 — The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) today announced the winners of the annual Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Faculty & Practice Awards. The awards, which are supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate, are presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance EBD. The winners will be recognized at the ADA Science & Research Institute’s (ADASRI) Science Social event at SmileCon™ 2023 in Orlando, Fla.

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Denver 7

Cancer Survivor Running Half Marathon

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateOctober 06, 2023

Denver7 News interviewed CU School of Dental Medicine student Mohita Sharma as she prepares for her first half marathon in Boulder this Sunday. Sharma, a dentist from India, is passionate about helping people understand how regular dental checkups can catch medical issues, just as she was able to catch hers early. Thankfully she has been in remission almost three years now. 

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American Dental Association (ADA)

Diversifying Dental Schools

news outletAmerican Dental Association (ADA)
Publish DateOctober 04, 2023

Dental schools are more diverse than they have ever been, but there is still work to do before the dental workforce reflects the diversity of the overall U.S. population. Here, the American Dental Association (ADA) takes a closer look at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, which have made strides in diversifying their student bodies.

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