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On February 10, 2018, more than 450 volunteers - including dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students and faculty, staff and residents from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as well as outside licensed providers, pre-dent and interprofessional students - helped 197 kids at Give Kids a Smile.
The annual volunteer-run event helps connect children in need to the health care system and to the U-M Dental Clinics as their dental home.
At a time when bacteria are increasingly developing an ability to stand up to antibiotics, U-M School of Dentistry scientists have developed an antimicrobial peptide that kills drug resistant bacteria without causing new resistance behaviors. The new peptide is even effective against bacterial biofilms, a sticky mass of bacteria that are difficult to kill with traditional antibiotics. Bacterial biofilms are responsible for dental plaque and have been estimated to affect 80% of bacterial infections in the body.
The Big Ten Network (BTN) visited the School of Dentistry in November 2017 and filmed aboard the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic as part of its video story about research, outreach projects and "cool things" happening on the University of Minnesota campus. The video was broadcast on-air and is posted on the BTN website.
In a new study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, an interdisciplinary team of University of Minnesota researchers found some bacteria that absorb and accumulate phosphate from saliva may play a role in tooth decay.
Chad Lowell Wagner, second-year University of Minnesota School of Dentistry student, presented a poster titled “Effect of an Opioid Prescribing Protocol on Provider Prescribing Behavior” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 21-24, 2018. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.
Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS, a tenured faculty member in the Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, has been named dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for a fixed term beginning March 26, 2018, and continuing to December 31, 2019. He previously served as interim dean following the departure of Leon Assael, DMD, who retired from his position as dean in August 2016.
The Mobile Dental Clinic, a successful collaboration between the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and UCare, serves underserved public program patients throughout Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Foundation's Legacy magazine recently featured the Mobile Dental Clinic and how a $1-million gift from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation helped get the mobile clinic back on the road. The story also includes a video taking viewers inside the Mobile Dental Clinic.
There were smiles – oh, and a few tears. But by day's end, 197 children were in good spirits after receiving free dental care at the University of Minnesota Dental Clinics on February 10. The student-organized Saturday clinic was part of Give Kids a Smile (GKAS).
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry will provide free services for children from low-income families who do not have access to dental care. Appointments are available on February 10, 2018 at Moos Tower on 515 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN.
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry welcomes the UMN PASS Class of 2020. The class of 16 students with dental degrees represents seven countries: Armenia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) is a 29-month program for graudates of dental schools outside the United States and Canada who seek to practice dentistry in the U.S.