JOMS study: New treatment protocol created for children with arthritis affecting the jaw joints

ROSEMONT, Ill. – A new study presents a protocol emphasizing collaboration between healthcare disciplines to treat patients with jaw deformities caused by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), a serious form of arthritis affecting the jaw joints of children. The proposed algorithm suggests treatments based on factors such as progression of the deformity and skeletal maturity, according… Read more »

JOMS study: Survival rates decrease each year mouth cancer goes undiagnosed

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Survival rates decline every year for patients with undiagnosed gum cancer known as primary gingival squamous cell carcinoma, according to a new study. For each year diagnosis is delayed, the risk of disease-specific death rises by 2.5 percent, according to the study published in the May issue of the Journal of Oral and… Read more »

National organizations unite to promote facial safety in April

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Six national organizations are teaming up in April for National Facial Protection Month to promote the use of protective gear – such as mouth guards and helmets – to prevent dental and facial injuries resulting from sports and recreational activities. Founded in 2000 by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons… Read more »

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Self-exams, early detection can save lives

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Because early detection of oral cancer offers a greater chance of a cure, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is reminding the public during Oral Cancer Awareness Month of the importance of performing monthly self-exams. AAOMS promotes self-exams and screenings every April with the Oral Cancer Foundation, which predicts… Read more »

AAOMS advocates for federal legislation to provide insurance coverage for patients with congenital craniofacial anomalies

ROSEMONT, Ill. – All private group and individual health insurance plans would be required to cover medically necessary services resulting from birth defects under bipartisan federal legislation introduced Tuesday in both the House and Senate. The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act – advocated and advanced by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) was… Read more »

April is National Facial Protection Month Play It Smart the First Time – Wear Protective Gear and Prevent Injuries

Rosemont, Illinois – Some dental and facial injuries sustained in sports activities are preventable. April is National Facial Protection Month (NFPM) and five dental organizations have joined forces to educate the public to play it smart the first time by wearing mouth guards and other protective gear to prevent injuries. The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), the… Read more »

JOMS study: ‘Silent sleep apnea’ prevalent in patients with jaw deformity

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is recognized as a major cause of sleep disturbances and potentially life-threatening breathing disorders, and it is typically discovered in overweight patients. However, a new study finds OSA is often missed during an initial surgical consultation in those with certain jaw deformities, particularly if the patient is not… Read more »

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OMSs help save teeth of special needs patients

Cheryl Closs, a mother of four from West Islip, N.Y., wanted to save her daughter Bella’s two front teeth. They were badly decayed, and one dentist wanted to just pull them out. But Ms. Closs was having none of it. Read full article

OMS gifts life-changing treatment to program winner

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Hartford man has received a life-changing gift. It happened in January. Connor Vortherms received a $50,000 smile makeover from Siouxland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read full article

Dr. Bagby Promoted to Brigadier General

Brig. Gen. Shan K. Bagby, a native of Newark, is chief of the U.S. Army Dental Corps and its first African-American Army dental officer to be promoted to brigadier general. In one sense it was uneventful. But in another, a trip to the neighborhood health clinic helped shaped the course of his life. Shan K…. Read more »

Doctor and family honored for service with Mercy Ships

Dr. Gary Parker first volunteered aboard a Mercy Ships hospital ship thinking it would be a three-month journey. However, three months turned into 31 years, and Gary and his wife Susan, who he met on board, have devoted their lives to help those living without access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care. Read full… Read more »

Boy from Haiti receives life-saving surgery

When a 9-year-old boy with a fast-growing tumor needed help immediately, and a group of Good Samaritans stepped in to provide life-saving surgery. Jean Olivier needed help he couldn’t get in his native Haiti, and his father was at the end of his bank account. Read full article

OMS provides new set of teeth to veteran

Joining the military was always in Charles Martin’s plans. He graduated in the late 1960s around the time the U.S. military began conducting a draft to call eligible men to serve. The call from the U.S. Army came shortly after Martin began the process of committing himself to the U.S. Air Force, he recalled during… Read more »

Collaboration helped provide total jaw reconstruction for UAB professor

For Valerie Accetta, MFA, head of Musical Theatre and assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Theatre, wear and tear from 15 years of singing, chewing and conversation caused the cartilage in her jaw to completely deteriorate. By spring of 2016, a simple task like eating a slice of pizza was… Read more »

Hornbeck graduate perseveres, amid personal obstacles

A recent Hornbeck High School graduate has found her way through 19 surgeries, since birth, has managed to successfully complete high school, and earn scholarships. She is headed to college in the fall to pursue a career in the medical field. Read full article

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