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As fall begins, so do youth sports like football, baseball, softball and soccer — all of which can result in sport-related injuries to the mouth.

In older children and adults, sports injuries are common. Dentists estimate that between 13 and 39 percent of dental injuries occur while playing sports. Nearly 80 percent of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth, while damage to the tongue or cheek is common.

More than 5 million teeth are avulsed, displaced from their socket, each year, many during sports activities. This results in nearly $500 million spent on replacing these teeth each year. According to the CDC, sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year.

Find out how you can protect your smile while playing sports.

Community DayMore than 500 underserved and homeless people in the Birmingham area received teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions at no cost as part of the fourth annual UAB Dentistry Cares Community Day, which took place Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.

Organized by the UAB School of Dentistry, more than 300 volunteers took part in the charitable event, including partners from, Alabama Dental Association, The Foundry Dental Clinic, Cahaba Valley Health Care, and other local dentists, health agencies and companies.

“This is something that we decided to do because we realized there is so much need for dental care for low-income adults,” said Assistant Dean for Community Collaborations and Public Health Conan Davis, DMD. “It’s taken a good bit of effort behind the scenes to get this going, but we are so thankful to all of our partners who make this event successful.”

Read more in the UAB News.

Michael Reddy 2011 08Dr. Michael S. Reddy, Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry, is the 2016 recipient of the William J. Gies Annual Periodontology Award presented by the William J. Gies Foundation for the Advancement of Dentistry of the American Dental Education Association, Inc. (The ADEAGies Foundation). The award is conferred to those who have made significant contributions to periodontal literature and the advancement of dental education.

Dr. Reddy joined the UAB faculty in 1989 and has served in a variety of leadership positions. In 2012, he was named the eighth Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry. Under his leadership the School of Dentistry has become a national leader in clinical dentistry and progressive education.

Dr. Reddy is an internationally recognized master clinician in the area of periodontal therapy and dental implants. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontology and Editor of Clinical Advances in Periodontics and he serves as an examiner for the American Board of Periodontology. His research focuses on the interrelationships between oral infections and overall health and regenerative medicine approaches in the oral cavity. He has served as a scientist in multiple UAB research centers including the Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and the Center for Aging. He has had continuous NIH funding for more than 25 years and over 40 grants awarded as an investigator or co-investigator. His research and contributions to multiple areas within the disciplines supporting dental (and medical) research and extensions to patient care have been demonstrated by more than 200 publications, book chapters, abstracts/presentations, contracts and grants, and patents.

White CoatsThe University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry held its 18th Annual White Coat Ceremony for first-year dental students on Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Each of the 59 members of the Class of 2020 were presented with the traditional white coat adorned with the dentistry emblem as a gift from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry Alumni Association. The white coat is a symbol of entry into the dental profession and acceptance of professional responsibilities. It is also symbolic of the collegiality within healthcare and of being united with a common purpose and in mutual respect. Students also received a lapel pin with the school’s crest.

Richard N. Goodroe, DDS, chairman of the Hinman Dental Society Board of Trustees, delivered the keynote address. Gary Myers, DMD, MAGD, alumni association president, welcomed new students into the profession. Michael S. Reddy, DMD, DMSc, dean of the School of Dentistry, shared the tradition of the white coat. The Class of 2020 was joined by family, friends, alumni, faculty, and student colleagues for the event.

The ceremony compliments one of the new students’ first classes, Ethics in Dentistry, which focuses on moral reasoning, case analysis, resolving ethical dilemmas, and what it means to be an ethical dentist. The class kicks off a robust four-year ethics curriculum that includes coursework, case studies, self-reflections, and small group interactions with Alabama leaders in organized dentistry.

The ceremonial presentation of white coats to dental students is a common practice at dental schools throughout the nation. During the ceremony students recite and sign their names onto a code of ethics known as the Dentist’s Pledge affirming their acceptance of the responsibilities and principles of conduct therein.

Nico 5x7 lores 3234An occasional battle with bad breath is unfortunately an experience many share, and researchers estimate that more than 80 million Americans suffer from chronic halitosis.

Nico Geurs, DDS, the Dr. Tommy Weatherford/Dr. Kent Palcanis Endowed Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, says bad breath can result from the development of a biofilm of bacteria that emits a bad odor.

"Bacteria can organize on the tongue, teeth and mucosal surfaces," Geurs said. "An additional source can come from the throat, esophagus and stomach, and expired air from the lungs."  Read more in the UAB News.