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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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'Smart' Retainer Keeps Patients (and Teeth) in Line

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Innovative research is underway at the UCSF School of Dentistry to produce a Bluetooth smart retainer for orthodontics patients. The goal of the SmartByte retainer is to increase the amount of time a patient wears the device, ultimately ensuring the best possible treatment outcome.

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ADA Health Policy Institute Releases Comprehensive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Oral Health Care System

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The American Dental Association Health Policy Institute (HPI) today published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report, "The Oral Health Care System: A State-by-State Analysis." The report includes data on all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the nation as a whole.

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USC Ostrow Dean Emeritus Harold Slavkin Named Gies Award Recipient

LOS ANGELES, California — Ostrow Dean Emeritus and Professor Harold Slavkin '61, DDS '65 has been named the 2016 Gies Award winner for Outstanding Vision by a Dental Educator.

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Native Sons' Gift to UCSF Craniofacial Center Continues Long Tradition

SAN FRANCISCO, California – For the 62nd consecutive year, the Charitable Foundation of the Native Sons of Golden West (NSGW) has made a significant donation to the UCSF Craniofacial Center. This year, the fraternal organization made an $85,000 donation, which will be used to cover the costs of services to patients not covered by insurance.

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ADA President and Hermey the Elf Announce New Holiday Campaign

Happy & Healthy Holiday Tips developed from summit in Santa's Castle

SANTA'S CASTLE – In a first of its kind summit, American Dental Association (ADA) President Carol Summerhays, D.D.S., traveled from California to meet with Hermey the Elf, D.D.G. in Santa's Castle to address poor dental health behaviors around the holidays. In a joint press conference following the meeting, Hermey and Dr. Summerhays announced their new campaign, Happy and Healthy Holiday Tips.

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Jennifer Perkins, DDS, MD, Joins UCSF Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Jennifer Perkins, DDS, MD, has joined UCSF's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Perkins graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2007 and the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 2011. She completed her residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at UCSF in 2013.

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Global Oral Health Symposium Set for April 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, California – The sixth annual UCSF School of Dentistry Global Oral Health Symposium will take place Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the UCSF Parnassus campus. This year's theme will be Oral Health Inequalities: From Measurement to Action.

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UCSF Medical Students Learn Oral Health Skills from Dental Students

SAN FRANCISCO, California – First-year UCSF medical students are learning to include oral health in their traditional Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (HEENT) examination from UCSF dental students. The new oral health module, screening exam and fluoride varnish application skills were taught by senior dental students as part of the core curriculum for the School of Medicine's Foundations of Patient Care course during October. Young children, older adults and those without dental insurance are more likely to see their physician than dentist, underlining the need for integrating oral health into patient-centered care.

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