When dental student Mohita Sharma, BDS, (ISP ’23), noticed her patient’s heart rate was higher than usual, neither of them expected it would save his life.
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When Lise Gresock, 88, came to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM), she was hesitant and nervous. For decades, she had not had a great experience going to the dentist. While Gresock liked her previous dentist, she wanted a more conservative treatment option. When she met the CU Dental team of Sarah Dirks, DDS, and Elena Ciobanu, DDS (ISP ’22), BDS, Gresock was immediately at ease.
“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.
Ronnie Chavez, a Navy veteran and former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy, has had dental problems his entire life. Even as a child, he was ridiculed for his teeth. “Kids can be ruthless,” he said. Not only that, but his childhood dentist was stern and unfriendly.
A visit to the dentist can leave you with a case of sensory overload, but the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is calming patients’ fears with the help of a new dental therapy dog. Lucy, a five-year-old golden retriever, roams the clinic halls—easing patient’s anxiety and providing them comfort during routine cleanings and procedures.
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.
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.
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."
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.