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Dental Students help survivors ‘Strut Their Smiles’ during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Actress Connie Stevens once said “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” Unfortunately, domestic and intimate partner violence have robbed many of their best accessory, often leaving them financially unable to replace them. In order to help restore beautiful, healthy smiles to the faces of women and children who have experienced violence, members of the American Association...

Mouth guards an important — and often forgotten — part of safety equipment for sports enthusiasts

Dr. Rodrigo Fuentealba Special to KyForward One piece of safety equipment often ignored when purchasing sporting goods is the mouth guard. Each year, more than five million teeth are avulsed (come out of the socket) due to trauma. The cost to treat an avulsed tooth, over a lifetime, can range from $5,000 to $20,000. Not only do mouth guards reduce the possibility of dental injuries, they reduce the...

Strut Your Smile event supports victims during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Smiling is one of the easiest ways to boost your mood and health. Among its many benefits, it helps lower stress by causing endorphins to be released and strengthens the immune system by encouraging the production of white blood cells. Victims of abuse are often robbed of their smiles, unable to afford to replace them. Members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) at the University...

UK doctors providing dental care in Appalachia rewarded with reduction of student loan debt

By Olivia McCoy Special to KyForward By supporting a region that desperately needs dental providers, two University of Kentucky College of Dentistry students will have their student loan debt significantly reduced. Drs. Candace Flora and Adam Tackett were each awarded $100,000 through the Appalachian Dental Loan Forgiveness Program. Started in 2015 through the bipartisan efforts of then Gov. Steve...

‘It’s given me my life back’: UK Orofacial Pain Clinic allows Chicago woman to keep up with her son again

By Olivia McCoy Special to KyForward After being treated for a crossbite in 1988 Mary Hennessy-Kukla joined the more than 100 million people in the United States who suffer with chronic pain. After adjusting her jaw and wiring her mouth closed for six weeks, Mary began to feel pain in the muscles in her face. Initially, the pain was mild but over time it continued to get more and more severe. In 2001,...

Dr. Nikki Stone: Leading UK’s Mobile Dental Program to serve the children of Eastern Kentucky

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward When Dr. Daria ‘Nikki’ Stone, associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, became the director of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program in Hazard, she realized she was finally in the right place at the right time; where her piece of the puzzle fit in the big picture. Growing up in Blackey, Kentucky, a tiny town in Letcher...