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September 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 5

Clarksville Pediatric Becomes C-MC "Green-Certified" Business


AAPD District III Trustee Dr. K. Jean Beauchamps practice, Clarksville Pediatric Dentistry, was recently named a GreenCertified business by the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certified Business Program.

According to an article in Business & Heritage Clarksville:

A few examples of [Clarksville Pediatric Dentistrys] initiatives include increasing their recycling by 25 percent, adding all recyclable items to be recycled. They have also reduced waste by cutting all paper notifications that were sent via mail by 75 percent and using email notifications instead. By reducing waste and increasing their recycling, their office is using 192 fewer garbage bags per month.

Clarksville Pediatric Dentistry already occupies an energy efficient building, but still managed to reduce their energy usage by using zone settings on thermostats and turning off power strips in the evenings. Almost 90 percent of employees participated in household hazardous waste day and employees who did not recycle have started recycling since the Green Certification program.

The AAPD congratulates Beauchamp on the environmentally friendly changes and the certification.

2012 IADR Lion Dental Research Award

Shantanu Lal, D.D.S. received the 2012 International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Lion Dental Research award for "outstanding and innovative research in basic dental science for the improvement of public dental health". The award was presented at the IADR meeting in Brazil and highlights the collaboration between the Center for Womens Health, Division of Cardiology and the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the Columbia University Medical Center.

The study examined 200 mother-child pairs and concluded that bleeding gums are associated with overweight and obesity, especially in mothers. Moreover, misperception of oral health and bodyweight is more common among both women and children as BMI increases.

Dr. Lal, lead author and Director for Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia Universitys College of Dental Medicine, sees an opportunity for "creative, strategies and collaborations" to overcome the obesity epidemic in various healthcare settings including the dental clinic. The research findings and abstract entitled, "Increased Gingival Bleeding Reported by Mothers At-Risk for Cardiovascular Disease" will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR).

UCLA Dental Mission Planned for China

For the students at UCLA School of Dentistry, one of their main goals is to not only learn how to become dental practitioners of the future, but also to figure out how to use their education to impact and help people around them. This mission has eagerly been taken up by 10 UCLA dental students, ranging from their first to third year in school, and two local dentists who are all fervently planning a week-long dental mission trip in Yanji, China. This will be the third consecutive year that the UCLA Chinese Dental Student Association (CDSA) has planned this trip. Their goal: to bring dental care to an orphanage that relies on volunteers and change the way people view oral health.

The House of Love currently serves around 80 to 100 children whose ages range from newborn to 18 years old. The orphanage is run by one mother and one father and receives very limited funding from the Chinese government. Furthermore, the surrounding community is severely underserved in oral healthcare and lacks easy access to dental treatment. For the majority of people in the community, the House of Love represents their only source of care.

For the past three years, UCLA dental students and volunteer dentists have provided basic oral care for this community. Their focus at the orphanage has been on restorative services, including composites, scaling and root planning, sealants, prophys, topical fluoride applications, extractions, and oral hygiene instruction. This service has been instrumental in providing oral care and also teaching younger children the value of dental hygiene. For many of the people of Yanji, dental care is often neglected and the connection between oral and systemic health is lost. UCLA students have been able to impact this community by showing how proper oral care can greatly improve overall health and well-being.

This Sept. 2 – 10, these 10 UCLA dental students and two dentists will continue the CDSA Dental Mission Trip in Yanji China and continue to provide oral care to the orphans of the House of Love. They will rely on donations of dental supplies from several dental companies and guidance from accompanying dentists to continue their mission.

For more information, contact Ray Rebong at (650) 255-5256 or ray.rebong@gmail.com.