Category: Goldman School of Dental Medicine

In human waste, scientists seek new treatments

February 9th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Eva Helmerhorst, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers 0 comments

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The Rich Earth Institute provides Southern Vermont’s farmers with a fertilizer that its director quips is made from “liquid gold.”…

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Too old for cavities? Think again, dentists say

February 8th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Alice Boghosian, a dentist in Niles, Ill., says she was working on an 87-year-old patient recently when she discovered a cavity and exclaimed, “You have got to be kidding me.”…

Expert quote:

“It’s as much a problem in seniors as it is in kids.”

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Dr. Raul Garcia Elected Vice President of AADR for 2015-2016

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Contact:  Mary Becotte, 617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – Dr. Raul Garcia, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), was elected to serve as Vice President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) for 2015-2016. Dr. Garcia will assume office at the conclusion of the March 11-14, 2015 AADR Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Garcia has been an active AADR member since he joined in 1977. He is the current North American Regional Counselor for the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network and has served on the Journal of Dental Research Editorial Board as well as the IADR/AADR Joint Publications Committee.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both Dr. Garcia and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine to make an impact on the evolving research policies and initiatives of this respected national dental association,” said Associate Dean for Research Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska.

Dr. Garcia’s major research interests focus on health services research and oral epidemiology. He is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of oral health disparities and developing interventions to eliminate them. Dr. Garcia is also dedicated to identifying the relationship of oral conditions to systemic disease and health-related quality of life. His research includes longitudinal studies of oral health in diverse populations and the analysis of treatment outcomes. The work has included randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and community-based participatory research. Studies encompass the areas of oral epidemiology, health services research, and health policy.

“Congratulations to Dr. Garcia on being elected to this prestigious position,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “The American Association for Dental Research is an important organization, and it is certainly exciting that a dedicated and experienced researcher like Dr. Garcia has been elected to its leadership.”

Dr. Garcia holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontology, and a Master of Medical Science in Oral Biology from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. He has held teaching appointments at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including a Career Development Award in Health Services Research from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, American Dental Association Meritorious Award in Geriatric Dental Health Care, and most recently the William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Vision in Dental Education from the American Dental Education Association.

The American Association for Dental Research is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research, a non-profit organization. The AADR has nearly 3,500 members nationwide. Its mission is: to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; to support and represent the oral health research community; and to facilitate the communication and application of research findings.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

There is More to Your Mouthwash Than a Minty Taste

January 12th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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People gargle mouthwash thinking it will get rid of bad breath, but that is the minty liquid’s least effective function…

Expert quote:

“Daily fluoride rinses work really well. It’s as good as getting two fluoride treatments.”

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Dr. Jonathan Shenkin Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award to Improve Oral Health in Belarus

January 12th, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2015

Contact:  Mary Becotte
Director, Communications & External Relations
Boston University Henry M. Goldman
School of Dental Medicine
617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced that Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry Jonathan Shenkin has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant.  The purpose of this grant is to develop curriculum and to teach and train pediatricians in Belarus about the oral health of young children ages six months to three years of age at the Belarusian State Medical University during the 2014–2015 academic year.

Dr. Shenkin will spend 14 days at the University engaged in a variety of activities including the development and delivering of a curriculum to help enhance the ability of physicians to improve the oral health literacy of parents and caregivers in Belarus. The ultimate programmatic goal is to reduce disease levels through enhanced prevention.

“On behalf of the entire GSDM community I congratulate Dr. Shenkin on becoming a Fulbright Scholar,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter.  He continued, “The outstanding quality of the faculty at GSDM has always been a hallmark of the education provided to our students and this honor raises the profile of our faculty even further. I am very proud that Dr. Shenkin continues to serve on our faculty while also serving patients in Maine and now, colleagues and patients in Belarus.”

Dr. Shenkin is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014-2015.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to work with my colleagues in Belarus in improving oral health for children through enhanced prevention,” said Shenkin, “Everyone has been incredibly hospitable throughout the process of developing this collaboration.”

Dr. Shenkin serves as first vice-president of the American Dental Association (ADA) and is well-known as an ADA spokesperson for pediatric dentistry topics. He regularly comments on public policy issues related to tobacco, unhealthy beverages, and a broad range of dental topics.

He is a past president of the Maine Dental Association and served as Chair of the Maine Dental Political Action Committee. He maintains private practices in pediatric dentistry in Augusta, and Waterville, Maine.

He is a member of the of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

He earned a DDS from Columbia University in New York. He also received an MPH and Certificate in Health Care Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He completed a dental public health residency at the National Institutes of Health.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

Tending to Unmet Dental Needs, a Root of Elder Hunger

January 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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For many homebound seniors, the biggest challenge to staving off hunger and getting needed nutrition isn’t having money to buy food or the physical or cognitive ability to prepare it…

Expert quote:

“It’s not sexy. Dental care for kids is what people are all worried about.”

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Long-in-the-Tooth Dental Advice

November 19th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Terry O’Brien, 73, a retired administrative assistant in Billerica, Mass., recently had to make a tough decision about her dental care…

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Boston University To Become First Seamlessly Integrated Digital Dental School in the Nation

November 4th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Mary Becotte
Director, Communications & External Relations Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) announced at the 2014 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas on October 11th that it has entered into an agreement with Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. that will help enable GSDM to become the first US dental school to transition entirely to seamlessly integrated digital dentistry.

One of the largest dental schools in the US, GSDM offers innovative educational, clinical, research, and community-based programs, including international initiatives. GSDM is committed to providing state-of-the-art technology to its students, faculty, and staff, and to fostering the understanding of advanced technology by practitioners in the community. In May 2013, an internal task force was established to determine the necessary facilities, equipment, and support required to create a seamless, all-inclusive digital patient record to facilitate comprehensive treatment planning and efficient delivery of oral health care at the highest level of quality using digital dental technologies.

The findings of that task force led GSDM to enter into an agreement with Sirona that will assist GSDM in becoming the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation. “Digital Dentistry is the wave of the future, and we are gratified to be collaborating with Sirona to make seamless digital dentistry a reality at Boston University,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter.

Once fully implemented, all patient data will feed into a comprehensive digital record. Intra-oral digital images, intra-oral exams, and digital scans of hard and soft tissues will then be accessible through a comprehensive record. Ancillary information such as photographs and CT, cone beam, cephalometric, panoramic, and facial scans will also be attached to the digital record. These data may be overlaid and interact to produce a complete digital representation of the patient, including 3-D renderings of the face. Students will then be able to engage in comprehensive treatment planning without the need for the physical presence of the patient, saving valuable patient time. Additionally, these data can be accessed remotely, allowing for consultation with experts around the globe.

This collaboration also includes digital technology that will be used in the Pre-clinical Simulation Learning Center, where dental students spend up to the first two years of their dental school education working on simulated patients. The use of digital preparation analysis software will allow the pre-clinical students to perform self-study and guided learning of tooth preparations. Pre-clinical training using CEREC and prepCheck software is an important part of the digital transition permitting students to fine tune their tooth preparation skills prior to entering the Patient Treatment Center. “We anticipate that our students will now enter the Patient Treatment Centers better prepared than in the past when this technology was not available,” said Dean Hutter, “Our vision is to be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. Transitioning to seamless digital dentistry will help us fulfill that vision.”

There will now be a sufficient number of CEREC systems so that every student will be expected to use the system routinely to develop a treatment plan and have the opportunity to deliver restorations in a single patient visit. We anticipate that incorporation of the Galileo cone beam system with CEREC intra-oral scan data (CAD/CAM) will allow for the creation of the “virtual patient”• and, thus, enable comprehensive treatment planning for endodontics, implants, orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, periodontics, restorative dentistry, and TMJ and airway disorders.

Recognized as a leading research institution among dental schools, GSDM will conduct an innovative program of comparative effectiveness research on digital dentistry in both clinical and educational outcomes. Through this research, GSDM expects to play a leading role in advancing evidence-based dentistry in the US and the world.

Since digital technology is not static and will continue to rapidly advance, GSDM will also participate in a progressive program of events to educate the dental community about digital dentistry, including continuing education courses and educational forums.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

Five Dental Choices For Retirees

October 19th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Investor's Business Daily, Judith Jones, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Susan Grossman has certainly been through the ringer with dental work. Over the past decade, she’s shelled out some $100,000 for bone replacements, teeth removals and cappings, and most recently, a bridge covering 10 teeth. And there’s still more necessary work ahead…

Expert quote:

“They may be anywhere from one-third to two-thirds of what you’d pay in a dentist’s office.”

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Sirona, Boston Univ. enter into unprecedented agreement on digital dentistry

October 10th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jeffrey Hutter, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Friday morning, Sirona Dental Systems and the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) announced an agreement that will enable GSDM to become the first all-digital dental school in the U.S….

Expert quote:

“This agreement will allow the school to take a leading role in the evolution of evidence-based dentistry.”

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