Academic Health Center
Stay Connected
expert-perspectives

Could sports mouthguards improve athletic performance?

Want to throw a football more accurately? Wear a mouthguard.

Emerging evidence shows these gummy, plastic-like appliances are linked to a host of benefits, like better reaction time, less lactic acid buildup, enhanced power outputimproved breathing and superior marksmanship.

Read more
news-and-notes

Accreditation of dental therapy will set national standards

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the sole group tasked by the U.S. Department of Education with accrediting dental education and dental-related programs, voted to accredit dental therapy education in the U.S. (Background on dental therapy)

Currently, dental therapists are approved and licensed to practice in MaineMinnesota and Alaskan tribal communities, but their education programs are not accredited. Minnesota was the first state to license dental therapists (in 2011), and the University of Minnesota is the only dental school to educate dental therapists.

Read more
news-and-notes

A dentist’s role in oral cancer treatment

Open wide!

Each trip to the dentist helps spot and treat cavities, clean teeth, provide preventative treatments like sealants, and seek out signs of gum disease. But many don’t realize it is a cancer screening, too.

“A routine dental exam is vital for maintaining good oral health, and it’s also the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages,” says Mark Roettger, D.D.S., Clinic Director of the University of Minnesota Dental Clinic. “Dentists have the primary role in oral cancer detection because we work most closely with the mouth, and inspect it most thoroughly.”

Read more
expert-perspectives

Expert Perspective: U.S. lowers recommended fluoride in tap water

The U.S. will lower nationwide recommendations for fluoride in tap water, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week. The pre-established range of 0.7-1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water has been replaced with a national standard of 0.7 milligrams per liter.

Read more
beyond-minnesota

Improving dental therapy education in Rwanda

When the U.S.-based Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH), was tasked with rebuilding Rwanda’s only dentistry school, leaders faced a dilemma.

Dental therapists had practiced in Rwanda for several years, but their education wasn’t viewed as quite up-to-standard. HRH wanted to improve the education of dental therapy students to provide higher quality care in a clinical setting. But they didn’t have any experience with dental therapy.

They sought out Karl Self, D.D.S, Director of Dental Therapy at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry – the only dental school in the United States to train dental therapists.

Read more
outreach

UMN School of Dentistry students provide kids free dental care

More than 150 kids received free comprehensive dental care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s dental clinic earlier this month on Give Kids a Smile Day.

Read more