Dentistry

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Back to school: How to encourage healthy dental habits away from home

School is just around the corner, which means backpacks and packed lunches await your children. Whether it’s their first year at school or they’re already climbing the ranks, you want to ensure they are making healthy choices when it comes to lunch. However, one aspect you may not have considered when it comes to lunch options is dental health.

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Fourth-year dental student Ethan Yang treats a patient at North Dallas Shared Ministries in June 2014.

Meeting the demand for patient-centered care with $5.4 million in grant funding

More than 5 million Texans live in dentally underserved areas, according to 2014 numbers from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Of those individuals, more than 1.5 million did not receive dental services the same year. What makes those figures even more staggering is that the needs of these vulnerable, underserved populations are not limited to dental care. Where oral health is lacking, there also may be unmet medical or psychosocial needs.

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Heart medications: What you may not know about side effects in the mouth

For individuals living with cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure and cholesterol, consistent use of heart medications can be a literal life saver, but they can also cause uncomfortable side effects in the mouth.

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You Asked: What is the difference (or lack thereof) between oral and genital herpes?

For a long time, the medical world made the distinction between oral herpes (HSV-1) and genital herpes (HSV-2), because it was thought that HSV-2 led to types of genital and oral cancers. Now we know that the human papilloma virus is the leading culprit for causing cancers specifically focused around the genitals and mouth, not herpes. However, HSV-1 and HSV-2 aren’t mutually exclusive; there is about a 20 percent crossover between the two types.

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Woman smiling playfully holding a piece of gum between her teeth.

Does gum cure bad breath?

Whether it is your morning coffee or garlic bread at lunch, one way or another, you might find yourself seeking a quick fix for bad breath more often than not. Your inclination may be to reach for gum, but Cherri L. Kading, assistant professor and clinic coordinator at Texas A&M Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, explains that may not always be the best option.

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Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) College of Dentistry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, collaborate on a lab activity during the monthlong enrichment program at TAMBCD in Dallas.

Enrichment program opens doors to international collaboration

Meet Hessa. There’s not a whole lot this young girl doesn’t do: She’s just as likely to cough or sneeze during appointments as she is to close her mouth in fatigue, hyperventilate, or simply complain of a hurting tooth. Her behaviors help second-year dental students feel more comfortable with practical skills and chairside manner before they begin seeing patients in clinic. There’s one more thing: Hessa is a robot.

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Dentist, surgeon begins new era in treating head and neck cancers

Dr. David Kang, assistant professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery, joined Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry as its first head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgeon.

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Dr. Given Kachepa

From dark past to bright future

Recent Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry graduate, Given Kachepa, was brought to the U.S. by traffickers under the rouse of earning money for his family by performing in a boys' choir. After facing years of adversity, Kachepa is now realizing his dream of becoming a dentist, with plans to one day return to his home in Zambia and open his town's first dental clinic.

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Sports drinks: Read before you swig

It can be tempting to turn to sports drinks. After all, many on store shelves today are sugar free and loaded with electrolytes, vitamins and protein, which makes them good for quenching thirst and — for those endurance athletes out there — adding that coveted energy boost. Unfortunately, they also have an ingredient that isn’t so readily marketed.

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