Dentistry

Laura Gene Utt, clinical assistant professor at TAMBCD's Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, pictured in the college's third-floor general dentistry clinic.

Emphasis on personalized care: Calming anxieties benefits dental patients and providers alike

An unspoken interaction takes place at the start of nearly every dental appointment. The dental hygienist or assistant brings the patient to the chair, and before it has reclined has already assessed if the patient is feeling talkative, tired or even anxious. In many cases, no words are needed for this exchange.

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Two TAMBCD dental students perform a dental procedure on young patient in zebra-printed sunglasses.

TAMBCD reducing tooth decay one sealant at a time

Dental sealants have been compared to vaccinations because they guard against a common dental culprit known as a cavity. Because the cost of placing dental sealants is much less than treating tooth decay once it develops, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry provides extensive dental sealant outreach initiatives to ensure children receive this layer of protection.

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A holiday feast that’s good for your teeth

There’s another thing to be grateful for this Thanksgiving: Many elements of the traditional Turkey Day fare nourish your health and smile.

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Q&A: Navigating the mires of social media

Leigh Ann Wyatt watches an interesting transformation take place each fall. In her role as assistant professor and preclinical dental hygiene course director in the Caruth School of Dental

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Restoration in progress

Eyes, ears, noses, even faces: Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry center restores what’s missing

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Chords of healing

When Ashley Smith, a third-year dental student at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, isn't treating patients in the clinic, she can be found at the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center next door to the college, playing piano for patients and their families as part of the hospital's Healing Arts Program.

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Dark chocolate: subtle trick or ideal treat?

This Halloween, a little dark chocolate might not be frightful when coupled with moderation and good oral hygiene.

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Addressing disease hazards in the dental setting

There are myriad factors dentists take into consideration in order to create a safe and sterile environment for patients, from the cleanliness of office surface areas to the water used for rinsing and the methods of instrument cleaning.

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Q&A: Unraveling the mysteries of salivary dysfunction

Patients often suffer a long time before coming to see Dr. Ibtisam Al-Hashimi, director of the Salivary Dysfunction Clinic at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. The clinic is uniquely positioned as a hub to treat patients with salivary dysfunction and by default, Sjögren’s syndrome, a little-understood but extremely prevalent autoimmune condition.

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