AAOMS News

JOMS study: Children at risk for dog bites in eye area

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Children are twice as likely as adults to experience a dog bite in the eye area, and public health measures should warn against children being at eye level with dogs, even those that are familiar and under adult supervision, according to a new study. The most frequently injured area in adults and… Read more »

Grants awarded to oral and maxillofacial surgeons for volunteer service

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation are supporting the volunteer service of four oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) through the joint Global Outreach Program. For the fifth consecutive year, AAOMS and the Foundation are presenting $2,500 grants to four doctors to help fund… Read more »

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 »

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Changing Lives

OMS delivers pro bono care in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Dr. Daniel Quon has been an oral surgeon in Jackson for over 30 years. “Growing up in the family business, I knew that in order for you to gain something, you have to give back,” Quon said. “And being in the field of dentistry, we have a special gift that we… Read more »

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 »

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