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Give Kids a Smile Day February 6 at UCSF

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Mark Feb. 6 on your calendar: It's Give Kids a Smile Day here at UCSF.

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Women in Dentistry See Progress, Continued Challenges

CHICAGO, Illinois – When Dr. Harriet Seldin studied dentistry in 1978, she said it wasn’t uncommon for a patient to tell her she was the first woman dentist he or she has seen. “I look back at that time, and I’m amazed at how few of us there were,” said Dr. Seldin, of San Diego. “In my class, it was about 20 percent women, and that was considered very high.”

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USC Alumni Association Recognizes Ostrow Pioneer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

LOS ANGELES, California – Jack Lytle DDS '58, MD '65 was awarded the Alumni Service Award this week by the University of Southern California Alumni Association for his longtime contributions to USC dentistry.

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New Guidelines Set Standard for Restoration Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – New guidelines give practitioners and patients a framework for caring for dental restorations so that they last a lifetime.

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Rhett Berg: Persevering Through Past Challenges

SAN FRANCISCO, California – First-year dentistry student Rhett Berg has just embarked on his health care career, but he already has years of experience as a caregiver – often in extremely challenging situations.

Growing up in Roseburg, Ore., Berg struggled through a difficult childhood: his parents' divorce, an abusive stepfather and then an accident that left his stepfather severely disabled. Berg began caring for his mother and siblings early on, and worked fulltime through college to financially support his family.

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ADHA Teams with Other Oral Health Professionals to Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University has been awarded $747,689 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to identify opportunities for engaging oral health professionals (dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants) in reducing childhood obesity by using evidence-based recommendations and strategies. The project aligns with two RWJF goals: (1) to eliminate young children’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and (2) to ensure that children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight.

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Linda Centore: Crafting Sensitive Dentistry for Those Most in Need

SAN FRANCISCO, California – "This patient was threatening suicide over a bad tooth that the dentists told him had to come out. It was really a cry for help; he was between therapists. While the dentists are trained to keep patients healthy, the patients get to decide when they want to let go of a body part, and sometimes we need to give them time to digest bad news. Part of my role is to negotiate, based on patients' emotional health and their values, and find something that will work for them."

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Home Is where the Career Is

CHICO, California – Sometimes one's career path takes one far and wide. Sometimes it may be right under one's nose.

Or, in Loeta Robles' case, right across the street.

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Surgeon General Endorses Community Water Fluoridation

2015 Marks 70 Years of Community Water Fluoridation in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Dental Association (ADA) applauds U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., and his endorsement today of community water fluoridation. "Fluoride's effectiveness in preventing tooth decay extends throughout one's life," he said, "resulting in fewer – and less severe – cavities."

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Proto-Teeth Migrate Along The Developing Jaw

Research In Mice Suggests Other Developing Organs May Also Wander

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Smile! For the first time, researchers have captured on video how teeth find their way to the right spot in the jaw to give you that winning grin. The research, led by scientists at UC San Francisco, showed in mice that molar progenitor cells migrate to their final locations during development, rather than forming the teeth in place, as researchers had previously thought.

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