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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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Innovation    Education

Me and My Avatar—A New Frontier in Dental Simulation

Imagine having the opportunity to join a multi-dentist practice during your first days in dental school. Imagine that within that practice, you are able to establish a long-term relationship with a patient whose evolving case and progress is your responsibility throughout your entire dental education. Now imagine that your patient is an avatar with a complex mixture of social, medical and dental histories and challenges that develop in response to your treatment decisions.

Author Robert Thurston-Lighty | Publish Date July 19, 2023
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Innovation    Faculty    Students

CU School of Dental Medicine Hosts First-Ever Haptics Competition to Elevate Students’ Skills

Students at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) are immersed in a collaborative environment where faculty, staff and peers are incredibly supportive, and everyone wants to see you succeed... but a little competition never hurt anyone.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date June 23, 2023
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CU Dental Top Stories of 2022

From groundbreaking research to composting on campus, here are some of our favorite stories from 2022.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date December 15, 2022
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Innovation    Patient Care    Education    Students    Clinics

CU Dental Student’s Innovative Treatment Plan Advances Dental Education

“You don't realize how important your back teeth are until they’re not there,” said fourth-year dental student Minh-Tom Van (DDS '23) as he reflected on a recent case. His patient had been experiencing pain in his back molars, unable to chew or eat properly for eight months. While this is not an unusual situation, Van was inspired by a faculty member to present an exceptional idea for treatment.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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CU Dental Senior Associate Dean Awarded Prestigious ELAM Program Fellowship

Aurora, Colo. (June 27, 2022) – The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) Program announced its 2022-2023 class of fellows, featuring University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Tracy de Peralta, DMD, PhD, MClinEd.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date June 27, 2022
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Innovation    Faculty    Students

CU School of Dental Medicine Recognized as an Apple Distinguished School

Digital Education at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) blends the sustainable, best-practice use of existing tools and workflows while bringing in the latest innovative technology to amplify education from all sides. Supported by the faculty and the CU SDM leadership team, Apple products have been incorporated as a significant element of our learning culture to meet students and faculty where they are and beyond.

Author SDM Comms | Publish Date January 26, 2022
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The Community of Dentistry

news outletMetro Denver Dental Society
Publish DateSeptember 20, 2023

By: Amisha Singh, DDS '15,  CU School of Dental Medicine assistant professor and director of diversity programming 

Community. When you read this word, what do you think about? Some of us imagine our families, the hands of our loved ones, the eyes of our children. Some of us think about the people in our neighborhood, the smiles of old acquaintances, the sounds of the homes we grew up in. Some of us think about our peers, the people we work with, the team that helps us grow in our professional lives.

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Dental Issues Plague America's Nursing Home Residents

news outletUS News
Publish DateSeptember 15, 2023

Good oral health is one of the keys to healthy aging, but a sobering new study shows that many U.S. nursing home residents have significant dental issues. Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH, wrote an editorial accompanying the JAMA Network Open study. 

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The Absence of Dental Care in Medicare and Health Inequities

news outletJAMA Network
Publish DateSeptember 12, 2023

Author Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH, wrote this editorial to accompany a recent study from the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) Network Open. He said, "...the prevalence of untreated oral diseases has remained high among older adults, with substantial disparities persisting, especially among older adults living in poverty." 

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Sustainable Oral Health Podcast

news outletSDM Comms
Publish DateAugust 18, 2023

Welcome to "Sustainable Oral Health," the podcast dedicated to exploring the intersection of oral health and environmental sustainability. Join us as we dive into discussions with leading experts in dentistry, healthcare and sustainability to uncover innovative practices and approaches that promote both a healthy smile and a healthier planet. 

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