New York Dentistry

dentistFor the first time in nearly half a century, a new dental school is to be opened in the state of New York.  One of its main aims is to serve low-income rural and urban communities, in which many people cannot afford dental care.  According to president of New York Medical College – where the school will be housed – Dr. Alan Kadish:  “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.”

Over 100 students will start at the school this coming fall and will be taught at the newly renovated glass-and-steel Skyline Drive office building in Mount Pleasant.  The money required for making this school came from bonds, state education grants and donations and in the next few years it is anticipated that there will be up to 440 students taking part in the classes.

The dental school’s inaugural 110 students are expected to arrive this fall. They will take classes in a glass-and-steel Skyline Drive office building in Mount Pleasant that underwent a $20 million renovation during the past six months, said Kadish. Donations, bonds and $4 million in state education grants paid for the school, which is opening in a former IBM office building near New York Medical College’s campus in Valhalla. Enrollment in the dental school is likely to grow in coming years and reach its capacity at 440 students, Kadish said.

Meanwhile, NYU’s College of Dentistry was awarded a four year $1.6M NIDCR grant.  The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (part of the National Institutes of Health) donated this money to Professors Deepak Saxena, MS, PhD, and Xin Li, PhD in order “to study the biological and physiological effects of electronic cigarette aerosol mixtures on oral health.”  E-cigs and Vapes (electronic cigarettes and vaporizers) have become increasingly popular over the last few years but “the safety of aerosol mixtures emitted by these devices remains unknown.”   According to Lin, “Smoking is a major risk factor for periodontal diseases, immuno-suppression, and impairment of soft tissue and bone cell function. The prospective study we proposed to the NIDCR entails the enrollment of 120 subjects consisting of 40 nonsmokers, 40 subjects who regularly smoke cigarettes but do not use e-cigs, and 40 subjects who exclusively use e-cigs and study the effect of e-cig aerosol on periodontal health.”

Work on this has to be done and researchers will be collecting baseline saliva and subgingival plaque samples twice and following the latter collection, a comparison to the baseline samples will be done to determine if any dysbiosis in the oral microbiome has occurred.  At both collections, participators will be subject to oral exams too.