American Association of Public Health Dentistry Student Chapter Hosts Kickoff Event

The UMKC School of Dentistry American Association of Public Health Dentistry Student Chapter hosted it’s kickoff event with a Lunch and Learn sponsored by Missouri Coalition of Oral Health and guest speaker Dr. Nathan Suter discussing Teledentistry. The AAPHD Student Chapter is being lead by Olga Shakhnovich and Rachel Carpino. The attendance, presentation, and lunch were all fantastic!  See photos.

Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduates

The following 5 students completed the requirements for the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences MS degree. Congratulations!
Thesis Projects:
Dr. Andrew Eichholz- Esthetic Smile Preferences of Dental Professionals
Dr. Mark Greenburg- The Use of Digital Study Models and Perceptions Towards Existing Digital Model Software
Dr. Kelcey Loveland- Coated and Uncoated Nickel-Titanium Archwires: Mechanical Property and Surface Topography Response to a Simulated Oral Environment With and Without Bracket-Related Load Deflection Induced Stress
Dr. Jessica Scully- Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of Mandibular Overdentures Supported by Mini-Implants
Dr. Stephen Harrison- Effects of Alpha-Tocopherol Antioxidant on the Bonding Properties of Resin Adhesive to Dentin Bleached with Sodium Perborate
Photos from their thesis defenses.

Let There Be Free Ice Cream For Everyone!

Thanks to the enterprising efforts of the school’s Dental Class of 2020 and Dental Hygiene Classes of 2018 and 2019, the school was generously awarded FREE ice cream by Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, Friday November 17th.  The students collectively participated in a social media contest conducted by Betty Rea’s, resulting in a two hour visit by their mobile ice cream truck and free treats for the entire school. Enjoy photos from the “sweet” visit!

School of Dentistry Students and Faculty Volunteer for Team Smiles

Team Smiles hosted its 11th annual event in collaboration with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, October 20, 2017. The event was held at Arrowhead Stadium and treated 300+ children ranging in age from 5 to 15.Thirteen junior /senior dental students along with 6 AEGD students participated in the event providing restorative care as well as screening and radiology. Faculty included Dr. Becky Smith, Dr. Eileen Cocjin, Dr. Micheal McCunniff, Dr. Jodi Lee and Dr. Jerry Ogilvie. A number of retired players as well as Dustin Colquitt, punter for the Chiefs also participated. Enjoy photos from the event.

UMKC Pre-Dental Society Hosts Annual Pre-Dental Symposium

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the UMKC Pre-dental Society hosted the 3rd Annual Pre-dental Symposium at the UMKC School of Dentistry. Over 120 pre-dental students from Missouri to California participated in an engaging day of dental activities. Events included presentations from UMKC Faculty, Dental Students from UMKC School of Dentistry and A.T. Still University, as well as hands-on activities including suturing pig ears, and drilling on artificial teeth.  Photos from the event can be found here.

Dental Research Explorer Post Meets

The Dental Research Explorer Post meeting, held October 4th, represented the third in a series of eight sessions that are targeted at local high school and college students who have an interest in dentistry. The Explorer Post provides prospective dental students with exposure to individuals in the dental profession and invaluable hands-on- experience.

Shankar Rengasamy, DDS, who served as this session’s guest speaker, presented a PowerPoint lecture and engaged the members in a question an answer period on his specialty, Orthodontics. The second hour of the meeting was managed by members of the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association. President Brandon Jackson and vice president Arianna Jackson facilitated a drilling exercise with the Dental Research Explorer members. UMKC faculty members, Jack Nelson, DDS, and Lance Godley, DDS, were also on-hand to assist with the hands-on project.  Find meeting photos here.