Oral Health America Releases State-By-State Analysis of Older Americans’ Oral Health

Posted on May 3, 2016

CHICAGO, May 3 – Oral Health is an important part of overall health and well-being, but there are huge gaps in oral health particularly for older Americans. Because by the year 2030, it is expected that more than 19% of the U.S. population–almost one out of every five Americans–is expected to be 65 years or older, we can make a real difference by opening up a much broader conversation about the complex issues surrounding the oral health of older Americans as well as the goals and responsibilities of communities in providing support and access. 

Oral Health America (OHA) has published a new report examining factors impacting the oral health of older Americans. A State of Decay, Vol. III is a state-by-state report of the oral health of its 65+ population and the success or failure of states to address those needs. It reveals that continued attention is needed to ensure that America’s increasing population of seniors age healthily and independently.

“Access to oral healthcare for older Americans is a matter of social justice, with those living in poverty suffering the most from the lack of publicly funded benefits needed to improve their oral and overall health,” said Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean of Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry and member of Oral Health America's Board of Directors.  

The report serves as a resource for states to address shortfalls in oral health status, dental benefits for low income adults and population-based prevention, all of which impact the oral health of older adults. It proposes concrete steps that can be taken to promote healthy aging and independence for this rapidly growing cohort of America’s population.

•   Because early detection is key to early intervention, we need to support the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2016 which covers oral health screenings using health promotion funds

•   Passing the RAISE Family Caregivers Act in the House of Representatives would improve education and training of caregivers on proper oral health maintenance 

•   One of the most critical challenges for seniors is paying for care, thus we need to advocate for financially viable publicly funded dental benefits through Medicaid and Medicare

•   Community Water Fluoridation has been shown to positively impact oral health at a population level, thus we need to sustain implementation efforts

•   To ensure that oral disease is prioritized along with other chronic diseases, we must include specific language to ensure inclusion of provisions for older adults in every state’s Oral Health Plan 

•   Finally, because information can drive policy and funding supports, we need to establish continuous surveillance of older adults’ oral health by requiring states to administer the Basic Screening Survey  

A State of Decay, Vol. III gives a rating of “Poor,” “Fair,” “Good,” or “Excellent” based on state level data analyzing five variables impacting older adult oral health: Edentulism (loss of all teeth), Adult Medicaid Dental Benefits, Community Water Fluoridation, Basic Screening Surveys and State Oral Health Plans.

Two states, Minnesota and North Dakota emerged as models and are profiled for best practices in the report. Both earned a Composite Score of “Excellent” with a 100% and 96% rating respectively.

OHA ranked each of the 50 states based on the overall health status among the older adult population as measured by an overall state score referred to as a Composite Score. In order, the 10 states with the highest Composite Scores are Minnesota, North Dakota, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, Colorado and Michigan. The states with the lowest Composite Scores are Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, New Jersey, Montana, Mississippi, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Tennessee with Alabama’s score being the least favorable. The final evaluations for all 50 states revealed that 76% of states earned a Composite Score of 50% or less out of 100 with 22% earning a Composite Score of “Fair” and 54% earning a Composite Score of “Poor.” Ten states received a Composite Score of “Good.”

 

The top findings of this report that elicit further scrutiny and action are: 

•   Tooth loss remains a signal of suboptimal oral health. Eight states had strikingly high rates of edentulism, with West Virginia notably having an older adult population that is 33.6% edentate

•   Fluoridated water presents an important opportunity for prevention. Five states (10%) still have 60% or more residents living in communities unprotected by fluoridated water. Hawaii (89.2%) and New Jersey (85.4%) have the highest rates of residents living without fluoridated water

•   Improving oral health coverage would improve outcomes Sixteen percent of states (8 states) provide either no dental benefit or emergency coverage only through adult Medicaid dental benefits. Four states (8%) cover the maximum possible dental services in Medicaid

•   We need strategic planning to address the oral health needs of older adults. Eighty-four percent (42 states) lack a State Oral Health Plan that mentions older adults, with 14 states lacking any type of State Oral Health Plan

•   We need more data about the oral health condition of older adults. Forty-six percent (23 states) have never completed a Basic Screening Survey, a surveillance of the oral health conditions of seniors in community and long-term-care settings of older adults and have no plan to do so 

“While many Americans face obstacles when it comes to oral health, older adults are at an increased risk due to challenges with accessing care,” said Dr. Dushanka Kleinman, a dentist and associate dean for research and academic affairs at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. “We have to develop solutions at the practice and policy level to address the barriers older Americans experience.”

Links to the latest volume of A State of Decay and earlier editions can be viewed on toothwisdom.org.

Early Bird Registration Open for Carestream Dental’s New Global Oral Health Summit

Posted on May 3, 2016

ATLANTA—What oral health care professionals learn in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas—in fact, they’re highly encouraged to take the insight they gain at the Global Oral Health Summit back to their practices.

The Summit, hosted by Carestream Dental, is 2016’s new comprehensive educational event that brings dental, orthodontic and OMS professionals together under one roof, Nov. 10-13, 2016, at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas. Practices are encouraged to register before June 1 for a savings of $400 per person.

The Global Oral Health Summit takes the place of Carestream Dental’s three separate Users' Meetings of the past and is open to all oral health care professionals, both doctors and staff. The mix of specialties—both Carestream Dental software and equipment users and non-users—only sweetens the pot.

“The new format and new location of the Global Oral Health Summit gives Carestream Dental the opportunity to go all in,” Mary Conditt, director of industry relations, Carestream Dental, said. “There will be enhanced training sessions, tremendous networking opportunities and some of the most influential industry speakers from all different specialties.”

The Summit opens with keynote speaker Laura Schwartz, former White House director of events. Schwartz created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. Today, as a professional speaker, international television commentator and author of “Eat, Drink and Succeed,” Schwartz shares the networking secrets that skyrocketed her onto the world stagealong with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years. 

Following the opening session, attendees can rake in the CE credits while attending educational sessions hosted by some of the oral health care industry’s most respected names. Speakers include Dr. Craig Misch of the Misch International Implant Institute; Dr. Tom Pitts of Ortho Classic; Dr. John Khademi; Dr.Ben Burris;Dr. Kanyon Keeney; Dr. David Little; and Dr. Mark Setter, to name just a few of the 20 scheduled clinical key opinion leaders.

As at past Users’ Meetings, the valuable training sessions that longtime users of Carestream Dental software have come to rely on still play a vital role at the Global Oral Health Summit. Different tracks are available to CS SoftDent, CS PracticeWorks, CS WinOMS and CS OrthoTrac users so that attendees can participate in the classes most relevant to them. Plus, new this year, “super users” of the software step into the role of trainer and share the tips and tricks they’ve picked up over the years that make their practices run so smoothly.

The Summitwill also host many different technology exhibitors, giving attendees the opportunity to break from educational sessions and explore the latest practice management solutions.

With the mix of specialists and their staff, plus the added excitement of the Vegas atmosphere, there’s a full house of networking and social events. From the welcome party to the cocktail hour to the doctor’s reception, attendees have plenty of opportunities for fun-filled evenings with new colleagues.  

For more information and to register, visit www.carestreamdental.com/globalsummit. Use #GOHS16 on Twitter and join the Global Oral Health Summit Facebook page to stay up-to-date with all the latest news.

For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, please call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com

 

High Percentage of Patients Prescribed Opioids Following Tooth Extraction

Posted on May 2, 2016

In a study published online by Journal of the American Medical Association, Brian T. Bateman, M.D., M.Sc., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and colleagues examined nationwide patterns of opioid prescribing following surgical tooth extraction.

Opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and often begins with a prescription for a pain medication. Dentists are among the leading prescribers of opioid analgesics, and surgical tooth extraction is one of the most frequently performed dental procedures. Surveys suggest that dental practitioners commonly prescribe opioids following this procedure, despite evidence that a combination of nonsteroidal medications and acetaminophen may provide more effective treatment for postextraction pain.

The researchers collected data from a national database of health claims drawn from Medicaid transactions for the years 2000-2010. All patients who underwent surgical dental extraction were included. The frequency of opioid prescriptions filled within 7 days of extraction was determined, as was the nature and amount of opioids dispensed.

The analysis included 2,757,273 patients. Within 7 days of extraction, 42% of patients filled a prescription for an opioid medication. The most commonly dispensed opioid was hydrocodone (78% of all prescriptions), followed by oxycodone (15%), propoxyphene (3.5%), and codeine (1.6%). Patients age 14 to 17 years had the highest proportion who filled opioid prescriptions (61%), followed by patients age 18 to 24 years.

There was great variability in the amount of opioids dispensed for a given procedure, with an approximately 3-fold difference between the 10th and 90th percentile in the oral morphine equivalents prescribed. “Although a limited supply of opioids may be required for some patients following tooth extraction, these data suggest that disproportionally large amounts of opioids are frequently prescribed given the expected intensity and duration of postextraction pain, particularly as nonopioid analgesics may be more effective in this setting,” the authors write.

“This common dental procedure may represent an important area of excessive opioid prescribing in the United States. As the nation implements programs to reduce excessive prescribing of opioid medications, it will be important to include dental care in these approaches.”

Note: Research reported in this publication was supported by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported.

Source: The JAMA Network. http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/high-percentage-of-patients-prescribed-opioids-following-tooth-extraction/

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Dental Leaders Advocate for Top Oral Health Executive

Posted on May 2, 2016

CHICAGO, April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), and the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) this week urged our nation's legislators to restore the position of chief dental officer with executive-level authority and resources to oversee the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) dental programs and oral health initiatives. Leaders from these four organizations convened on Capitol Hill to advocate that good oral health is an essential public health need, and the agency's current staffing structure fails to adequately support individuals across the country.

"HRSA needs the strong voice of a dentist to inform and lead our country's oral health agenda," said AGD President W. Mark Donald, DDS, MAGD. "Without this leader, the health of more than 3 million people served through HRSA programs, including many of the most vulnerable and underserved, is being left at risk, managed by administrators without formal training in oral health and dentistry. A dentist in the chief dental officer role would be able to draw from his or her practice expertise and clinical knowledge to best identify our country's oral health challenges, develop solutions in response, and ensure that each dollar spent is done so in a way that will result in better oral health outcomes."

The chief dental officer position was established in 2008; however, the role has never been granted a separate budget or line-item authority like similar appointments in agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indian Health Services, or National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Donald was joined by SCDA Vice President Jeffrey Hicks, DDS; AAPHD Executive Director Julie Frantsve-Hawley, RDH, Ph.D.; and AADR Director of Governmental Affairs Carolyn Mullen.

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CAP: May Is Zirconia Awareness Month

Posted on May 2, 2016

BOSTON, MA - CAP, provider of end-to-end solutions for dental laboratories, declared May 2016 as the inaugural Zirconia Awareness Month to fight the scourge of misinformation about zirconia in the market.

"The types of zirconia that are on the market are constantly proliferating and changing," says Bob Cohen, President of CAP. "Many of our partner labs contact us to make sense of these new and different products, so we're responding with a host of educational initiatives that we've set up for this month."

While education has always been core to the CAP mission to help laboratories thrive, this special focus on zirconia consists of a variety of tools, such as videos, blogs, webinars, and eBooks.

"Our educational focus this month will be on selecting the right zirconia, mill, sintering furnace, tools, and how to achieve best-in-class post-processing - the entire end-to-end process to produce a superior result that doctors and patients alike will love," Cohen says.

To take advantage of this complimentary education, laboratories can join CAP's contact list at http://cap-us.com/sign-up/.

Are Physicians Prescribing Unnecessary Antibiotics for Toothache?

Posted on April 29, 2016

Over half of all patients who visited their general physician (GP) with a dental problem in the last 10 years were not offered a long-term treatment for their pain and were instead prescribed antibiotics, often unnecessarily, new research has found.

In a 10-year retrospective study published in the British Journal of General Practice, a team of experts from Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board examined dental consultations in UK general practice and the resultant number of antibiotics prescriptions.

The study found many patients are visiting their GPs rather than their dentists, and that over half of these consultations resulted in antibiotic prescribing, which is likely to be unhelpful, and potentially harmful.

"Most dental problems cannot be comprehensively managed by a GP. This places an additional burden on already busy GPs when patients should be visiting a dentist," said Dr Anwen Cope, a qualified dentist and speciality trainee in Dental Public Health at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, who completed the research alongside colleagues from the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine at Cardiff University.

"The best treatment for severe toothache remains an operative intervention like an extraction or root canal treatment. These treatments can only be undertaken by a dentist. Therefore, we would always encourage patients to see a dentist, rather than a GP, when experiencing dental problems."

The most alarming finding was the number of unnecessary prescriptions of antibiotics over the last 10 years.

The study found over half of patients in the study who consulted their GP with a dental problem were prescribed an antibiotic. This raises serious concerns about the UK's long-term dental health and the potential contribution to antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic drug resistance, which occurs when bacterial infections no longer respond to antibiotics, is a serious problem, and the use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to resistance.

Dr Cope added, "The widespread use of antibiotics in the management of tooth-related complaints in general practice is concerning. Despite antibiotics not providing a definitive treatment for dental problems we found over half of consultations for dental problems resulted in prescription of an antibiotic. This presents a number of problems. It means patients are not getting a long-term resolution for their dental problem, and they may even remain in pain for longer. Prescribing antibiotics also carries a risk of adverse reaction and is likely to increase the number of medical consultations for dental conditions further down the line. More worryingly is the potential impact on the rates of antibacterial resistance. Antibiotics save lives, and therefore it's important we use them carefully and only when they are really required. Improving antibiotic prescribing for dental problems is an important step in ensuring antibiotics will still be available in the years to come."

This research did not identify the reasons why patients were consulting with a GP rather than a dentist, and it may be that GPs are sometimes treating patients who report being unable to get a timely appointment with a dentist.

Nevertheless, the team hope the study will promote more appropriate consulting for dental problems, and a reduction in antibiotic prescribing by GPs for patients with dental problems.

Dr Cope added, "The messages from our study are simple: GPs should avoid routinely prescribing antibiotics when patients present with dental problems, and more work is needed to identify how patients experiencing dental problems can be best directed to emergency dental services. Understanding the drivers of antibiotic prescribing for oral health problems will help inform educational interventions for GPs to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care for their dental conditions."

Source: EurekAlerts. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/cu-og033016.php.

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GC America Hosts CE Courses

Posted on April 29, 2016

GC America Inc. held Continuing Education courses this month featuring Al Hodges, CDT, and Eugene Royzengurt, both members of the Dental Technicians Guild.

The events took place at GC America Inc.'s Education Center in Alsip, Illinois.

For information on GC's upcoming courses, visit http://www.gcamerica.com/lab/education/training_center.php.

Easy Cleanup for All Your Cementation Needs

Posted on April 29, 2016

Milford, DE, April 28, 2016.DENTSPLY Sirona introduces the new Calibra® family of definitive cements. Whatever your cementation needs, you can now count on easy cleanup, simple selection, and successful results.

Cement cleanup is no simple task. Improper cleanup of excess cement can increase the chances of crown failure.1 Thorough cleanup is essential, as 21% of crown failures are due to secondary caries, due in part, to excess resin cement.2 It’s no wonder 97% of dentists say cleaning up excess cement is important to ensure health of the gingiva.3

That's why the Calibra® family of cements has simplified cleanup of excess cement. Benefit from the speed of tack curing without the stress of over-curing with a tack cure initiation phase of up to 10 seconds. And an extended 45-second gel phase window4 means you have all the time you need to thoroughly remove excess cement without rushing.

Cement cleanup isn’t the only issue dentists have to tackle. Choosing the right cement for your procedure has never been simple… until now. The Calibra® family of definitive cements has made it easier than ever to choose the perfect cement for every restorative procedure:

·       Calibra Universal cement is the easy, universal choice, perfect for nearly any indication5 with no separate bonding agent

·       Calibra Ceram, the maximum strength adhesive cement with immediate and long-term bonding for all-ceramics and CAD/CAM restorations

·       Calibra Veneer6, offering 12 years of clinical performance and virtually unlimited cleanup time

For easy cleanup and simple selection, count on the Calibra® family of definitive cements. Visit www.calibracement.comto learn more or request a free sample.

1 Mitchell CA, Pintado MR, Geary L, Douglas WH Retention of adhesive cement on the tooth surface after crown cementation. J Prosthet Dent 1999; 81: 668-677. 


2 The Key Group, Inc.: 2015 Dental Omnibus: Quarter 1 Voice of Customer Reports. 


3Morphology and Bacterial Colonisation of Tooth/Ceramic Restoration Interface and Different Excess Removal Techniques, Journal of Dentistry 40 (2012) 742-749 


4 10-second tack cure equals five-seconds wave cure per surface (buccal, lingual). For excess cement cleanup, monowave output LED lights with a single peak output around 470nm. High power, dual or broad spectrum lights may cause premature hardening of excess cement. Check curing light effect on mixed cement in the laboratory prior clinical use. Light curing mixed cement after one minute, or continuously for more than 10 seconds, at any time, will cause cement to adhesively set.

5 Cementation of ceramic, porcelain and composite inlays/onlays and crowns; all metal crowns, bridges, inlays/onlays including precious, semi-precious and non-precious metals; PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns and bridges; prefabricated and cast posts.

6Calibra Veneer cement has virtually unlimited cleanup time.

 

Align Technology and 3Shape Announce New Workflow Integration

Posted on April 29, 2016

Align Technology and 3Shape Announce New Workflow Integration Including Trios Scanner Interoperability with the Invisalign Case Submission Process

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK and SAN JOSE, CA -- Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and 3Shape announced that 3Shape’s TRIOS® Standard, TRIOS Color and TRIOS 3 scanners will be able to be used for Invisalign® case submissions upon completion of the final validation process expected in Q4 this year. This will enable Invisalign providers with a 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner and TRIOS software upgrade 1.3.4.5, or higher, to submit a full arch digital impression in place of a traditional PVS impression as part of the Invisalign case submission process. The Companies also announced a collaborative agreement to enhance the existing STL export workflow with iTero® scanners and laboratory partners using 3Shape Dental System™ Software which will enable improved consistency for customers using the workflow.  

Align Technology supports an open systems approach to digital impressions and continues to work with intraoral scanning companies interested in developing interoperability for use with Invisalign treatment. 3Shape TRIOS customers who are interested in becoming an Invisalign trained provider can find further information on training courses at http://provider.invisalign.com for North America and www.invisalign.eu for International regions.

"We are excited to expand our collaboration with 3Shape to provide both Invisalign and iTero customers with improved digital treatment workflows," said Raphael Pascaud, Align Technology Chief Marketing, Portfolio, and Business Development Officer.   

 “We are very excited about the cooperation with Align Technology. Both companies seek to provide the best treatment opportunities for patients,” says Allan Junge Hyldal, Vice President, 3Shape Orthodontics. “By working together to make Invisalign treatment available for TRIOS users, we take a collective step forward in expanding treatment choices for patients and doctors.”

3Shape TRIOS customers can find further information at www.3shape.com/Invisalign or may contact their sales representative or local distributor for more information about 3Shape TRIOS connectivity for Invisalign case submission which is expected to be available in Q4.

 

First New Dental School to Open in New York State in Nearly 50 Years

Posted on April 27, 2016

VALHALLA, NY, April 19, 2016 -- New York State's first new dental school in nearly 50 years is set to open this fall, Alan Kadish, MD, president of Touro College and University System (TCUS) announced today. Touro, one of the leading educators of health care professionals in New York State, received final state approval and will establish the Touro College of Dental Medicine at its New York Medical College (NYMC) campus in Valhalla, New York.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College joins the Touro School of Health Sciences, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (with campuses in Harlem and Middletown, NY), Touro College of Pharmacy, and New York Medical College in New York State. These institutions collectively graduate more than 2,000 health care professionals every year.

"As New York State's first new dental school in nearly half a century and the only dental school in the Hudson Valley, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will fill a void in dental education and improve access to oral health care, particularly in underserved rural and urban communities throughout the region," said Dr. Kadish. "The school will address the existing shortage of training options for dentists in New York State and create a pipeline for the next generation of dental professionals, while also seeing to the immediate needs of the community through its dental clinic. We look forward to welcoming our first class and the clinic's first patients thereafter, and to further strengthening the regional health care system for generations to come."

The school is intended to improve the oral health care delivery network in New York State, where the population has grown by 4.5 million people since 1968 when the last school of dentistry opened.

"With dental care as the foothold of good overall health care, it is important that this area of professional health care education continues to grow," continued Dr. Kadish. "Fortunately, the dental school's location on the New York Medical College campus will create invaluable opportunities for inter-disciplinary training."

With the goal of bolstering dental education and improving access to oral health care throughout New York's Hudson Valley region and beyond, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will include a four-year pre-doctoral program for students, a continuing education program for practicing dentists, and a 132-chair community dental clinic focused on providing patients in underserved communities in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx with affordable and quality treatment.

In the school's inaugural year, set to begin in the fall of 2016, anticipated enrollment is 110 students. When at full capacity, the school will include approximately 440 students and offer basic science coursework taught by the medical school faculty as well as state-of- the-art digital dental clinical capabilities.

The Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will also conduct a range of research efforts including: research focused on reducing the cost of effective care; population outcomes-based research concentrated on interventions; and translational research that harnesses scientific discoveries to produce new devices and treatment options for patients.

"The dental school's location within the NYMC campus gives the school and its students a competitive edge," said Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, NYMC chancellor and CEO and Touro College and University System provost for Biomedical Affairs. "Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will reap both the benefits of a new school, including state-of-the-art facilities and leading educational innovations, and those of an established institution, including NYMC's expert faculty, long-standing and celebrated research program, and strong network of affiliated hospitals."

Touro has appointed Jay P. Goldsmith, DMD, as the founding dean of the dental school. Dr. Goldsmith was formerly a professor, program director, and deputy chief in NYMC's Department of Dental Medicine. In addition to his experience in the academic world, Dr. Goldsmith is a leading dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon with more than 50 years of experience, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, and founding fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as past president of the New York Academy of Dentistry.

"Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will enjoy the advantages of this extensive medical education network and enhanced inter-professional connections as they benefit from world-class faculty and facilities, as well as being part of an historic initiative in dental education," said Dr. Goldsmith, dean of Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC

Edward F. Farkas, DDS, has been named senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chairman of dentistry. Dr. Farkas, a 1985 graduate of NYU, has been practicing general dentistry in New York City for over 30 years, and has been involved with the founding of the dental school from the outset.

"The mission of the TCDM at NYMC is to graduate outstanding dental professionals who will utilize a complex knowledge base and sophisticated perceptual skills and deliver excellent health care service to their diverse communities with integrity, compassion, and empathy. The school is dedicated to conducting important educational and clinical research, while providing excellent dental health services to the public," said Farkas.

Ronnie Myers, DDS, has been named senior associate dean for academic and administrative affairs. Previously he served as vice dean for administration at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Salomon Amar, DDS, PhD, has been named provost for biomedical research at TCUS, professor of molecular biology at NYMC, and professor of dentistry at TCDM.

"As one who has been involved in dental education for thirty-four years, I was moved by Touro's charge to merge education with a compassionate approach to patient care and to view health care delivery as a responsibility. I envision the development of an educational program that will arm our diverse student body with the tools necessary to provide primary care to those most at risk. To that end, developing a program from the ground up is an opportunity of a life time," said Dr. Myers.

In addition to NYMC and the new dental school, Touro's medical programs include three schools of osteopathic medicine with campuses in Harlem and Middletown, New York; Vallejo, California; and Henderson, Nevada, a school of pharmacy in New York, New York, and a school of health sciences with campuses in New York and Bay Shore, New York.

The Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/news/.

New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 16,000 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers advanced degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Practice. The College manages more than $32.6 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, kidney disease, the neurosciences, disaster medicine, and vaccine development. With a network of affiliated hospitals that includes large urban medical centers, small suburban clinics and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities throughout the tristate region for medical students, residents, and other health providers. For more information, visit www.nymc.edu.

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