Denver Is A Nice Place To Move To

Moving to Denver is a lot easier if you have some advice on how to proceed. Here, you’re going to get some tips that will let you in on what it takes to move there and to enjoy where you live from then on.

A home in Denver is going to need to have the right amount of space for your family. If you are going to live by yourself, then you at least need enough space for your things and for furniture. One way to find out if you have enough space in the house is to look for a floor plan for it. When you are looking at a floor plan make sure that you understand that it might look different in person so you may want to go see it in person as well before making your choice on buying it.

You want to find out what the neighborhood is like that you were moving too. If it is a neighborhood that has a lot of problems, then you need to know that. One way to find out what a neighborhood is like is to find a local social media group that you can talk to. For instance, you may be able to find a Denver trade and sell type of page that you can join and then you can make a post about moving into the area and what you should know about the city. Helpful people will probably let you know whether or not you should live in certain parts of the city.

Once you move to Denver and find a home there that you love, you’ll enjoy your time there quite a bit. Just know what to look for in the different places that are available, and it should take you no time at all to figure out what fits you the best.

“Frozen” heats up Denver: Inside Disney’s multimillion-dollar quest to conquer Broadway

Patti Murin will portray Anna in Disney’s pre-Broadway musical "Frozen," coming to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on August 17. (Provided by the DCPA.)

Broadway singer and actress Patti Murin shares nearly everything about her work with her actor husband, Colin Donnell.

But not her latest project.

“I’ve been involved in this for a year and my husband doesn’t know a single thing about it,” Murin, 36, said of “Frozen: The Musical,” the stage adaptation of Disney’s 2013 hit animated movie. “It’s been such a closed process. And I mean closed. Nobody we love has been able to see it.”

Dozens of people working on the top-secret production have been camped inside the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex since May. Even before that, Disney executives had been considering “Frozen” for a stage musical, given the established pipeline for animated Disney features such as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin” to become Broadway (and later, nationally touring) productions.

When “Frozen: The Musical” debuts for the public at the Buell on Aug. 17, it could mark the launch of another theatrical production worth millions, or perhaps a billion, dollars for Disney, which plans to move the show to Broadway’s St. James Theatre in February.

But first, the “Frozen” team must work out countless kinks during the seven-week “pre-Broadway engagement” in Denver, a city in which Disney has learned to rely on the quantity and quality of theater-going audiences, plus skilled crews and facilities that mirror the production’s eventual home in New York City.

“We have about 150 people in Denver working on the show,” said Jack Eldon, vice president of domestic touring for Disney Theatrical Group. “That includes performers, technical crew, the creative team and all our designers. But we also need to make sure audiences there can sustain the number of performances that we need to revise some set pieces, and tweak things like the costumes and music.”

Landing “Frozen: The Musical” is a coup for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), which hosts the region’s biggest touring theater productions. But it’s not unprecedented. In 2007, DCPA also hosted the six-week, pre-Broadway run of the stage adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, selling a record 95,000 tickets. It has also served as the launchpad for the national-touring production of “The Lion King,” which has been seen by tens of millions since that road version opened in Denver 15 years ago.

“Frozen: The Musical” is just the latest example of the DCPA’s national influence and evolution into touring-show powerhouse, DCPA president Janice Siden told The Denver Post.

“Everywhere I go, our Broadway group is the envy of theater groups around the country,” added Martin Semple, DCPA chairman, who credited DCPA Broadway executive director John Ekeberg with keeping the Disney relationship strong. “Going to the Tonys with John and meeting all these people just confirmed the respect people have for us.”

The DCPA has driven ticket sales for its 2017-18 season by dangling “Frozen” in front of its more than 28,000 subscribers. It has every reason to expect that the broad, crossover appeal of a “Frozen” tryout will help this season surpass last year’s numbers.

As the largest nonprofit theater company in the country, the DCPA sold 685,375 tickets to its touring-Broadway and in-house theater company shows in fiscal 2016, generating $150 million in economic impact and attracting roughly 1.2 million visitors to downtown Denver, according to a DCPA report.

Despite employing the original, Oscar-winning creative team from the film version of “Frozen,” and big-name Broadway veterans — including Tony winners such as director Michael Grandage (“Red”), choreographer Rob Ashford (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and music supervisor Stephen Oremus (“Wicked,” “The Book of Mormon”) — Disney is leaving nothing to chance.

Past musical adaptations of the animated Disney films “The Little Mermaid” and “Tarzan” were high-profile flops, and “Frozen: The Musical” has already burned through a couple of directors, three choreographers, two set designers and a pair of Elsas, according to The New York Times.

But flesh-and-blood audiences will have the last word on this reportedly $25 million-$30 million production — not the first.

“The creators get so close to it (that) I promise you they will be shocked at least once in that first performance — for good or bad,” said Dennis Crowley, senior publicist at Disney Theatrical. “If it’s like every other musical ever written, the creators will find something they absolutely did not expect, either something they thought would be a knock-’em-dead moment that won’t, or a laugh they never saw coming.”

Crowley cited the example of “Aladdin: The Musical,” the pre-Broadway engagement of which involved major retooling in the show’s first 40 minutes after theater goers in Toronto failed to respond to voice-over narration, which diverged significantly from the film.

“Audiences said, ‘We don’t know these people. We don’t care about these people. Where’s the pretty girl in the midriff and the hot boy and the genie?’ So they cut all the narration, brought in the genie at the top of the show and,” Crowley said, snapping his fingers, “from the first New York performance it was a different show. And that’s not atypical.”

Disney Theatrical has built in at least three months of downtime between the end of the 46-show Denver run on Oct. 1 and its New York roll-out early next year, just in case it needs a new song, new sets or more. Already, a creative team that includes the married songwriters from the film, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, has expanded “Frozen” from a 102-minute movie to a roughly two-hour musical, with triple the number of songs and a cast of more than 40.

Like most film shooting schedules, the pre-Broadway engagement is a grueling sprint that squeezes the most out of everyone’s time and energy — even if it started in earnest more than a year ago with the film’s original co-director, Jennifer Lee, writing the script and rehearsing the show at Manhattan’s New 42nd Street Studios.

“Right now in (technical rehearsals) in Denver it’s pretty intense,” said Caissie Levy, a Broadway veteran who plays Princess Elsa in the musical. “We’re there for nine or 10 hours a day, popping in for wig fittings and slotting things in like that. The first month of previews we’ll rehearse all day, and there will be a lot of maintenance for Patti and me. A lot of justified massages, sleep and steam rooms.”

There’s plenty of pressure on Levy the role of Princess Elsa, which includes belting out the instantly familiar and Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” But there’s also opportunity in evolving an animated princess into a three-dimensional character.

It’s a tricky balance: “Frozen: The Musical” must mirror major aspects of the movie, because that’s what is selling tickets for the DCPA right now. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale “The Snow Queen,” “Frozen” has resonated with global audiences thanks to its empowering female characters, humor and melody-drenched songs.

But the musical version must also find its own voice. Merely mimicking the film risks alienating fans with a hokey copy of the original — no matter how eye-popping the sets, costumes and special effects are.

And the potential audience is huge: “Frozen” is the highest grossing animated film in history, with more than $1 billion in worldwide revenue. DCPA and Denver tourism officials are anticipating plenty of out-of-state visitors to attend this pre-Broadway run, since 8 percent of DCPA patrons came from out-of-state last year — versus about 4 percent 20 years ago. The percentage of out-of-state visitors increases into the double digits for touring Broadway shows like “Wicked” and “The Lion King,” the DCPA said, which gives officials a good idea of “Frozen’s” potential draw.

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The stakes and tension are high for all involved, even without considering the instantaneous reactions will be posted to social media for all — including curious New York audiences and critics — to see. For that and other reasons, the show will run for about a month in Denver before critics are allowed to officially review it on Sept. 14.

“We must be adrenaline junkies and masochists and overall crazy people to do this, because it’s so thrilling and so terrifying at the same time,” said Levy, 36, who has appeared in “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “Wicked,” “Hair” and other pillars of Broadway success.

“But we need to make sure everyone who’s seeing the show for the first and only time, who bought tickets when they went on sale months ago and are bringing all their kids in their ‘Frozen’ gear, or who got a babysitter and went out to dinner, are getting the show that they’re meant to get,” added Levy, whose 18-month-old son and (as often as he can make it) husband are joining her from New York.

The Denver Post got the first peek at the production, provided this reporter swore to secrecy about any sets, special effects or details that he witnessed.

Inside the Buell Theatre looked like more of a buzzing hive than an empty shell, with dozens of designers and technical staff camped out among the audience seats at tables filled with lamps, computer workstations, hardwired phones and rivers of overlapping wires — more like NASA’s Mission Control than a stereotypical row of producers critiquing from the front row.

Many of them were designers and their associates, including Tony winner Christopher Oram (sets and costumes), six-time Tony winner Natasha Katz (lighting) and Tony winner Finn Ross (projections).

But the final collaborator in the musical, as the cast and crew likes to say, will be Denver audiences. The creative team is hoping to make something that will run for years to come, if not decades — less a time capsule of ideas, more a vehicle for their continual delivery.

Still, no amount of preparation can predict what happens on opening night.

“That is the day that I always say to myself, ‘Why did I do this?’ Because you’re always terrified,” Murin said. “You could be as ready as you could possibly be and still be like, ‘Why did I choose this career?!’ ”

Levy, who already feels a sisterly bond with both Murin’s “hot-mess” Princess Anna character and the actress as a person, said Denver is an ideal place to get acclimated to the show and its audiences. But she won’t refuse off-stage help if she needs it.

“Self-care is super important,” she said. “I’m sure we’re going to get very chummy with that oxygen tank in the wings.”

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US Lags Far Behind in Banning Dental Health Hazard

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Example of mercury use in the healthcare sector. From left to right: Mercury Sphygmomanometer, Dental Amalgam and a Fever Thermometer. Credit: UNDP

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 2017 (IPS) – The United States is lagging far behind its Western allies – and perhaps most of the key developing countries – in refusing to act decisively to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry.

The 28-member European Union (EU), with an estimated population of over 510 million people, recently announced its decision to ban amalgam use in children under age 15, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. The ban comes into effect July 2018.

“In sharp contrast, the U.S. government has done nothing to protect these vulnerable populations from exposure to amalgam’s mercury,” says a petition filed by Consumers for Dental Choice (CDC), which has been vigorously campaigning for mercury-free dentistry, since its founding back in 1996.

In Norway and Sweden, dental amalgam is no longer in use, while it is being phased out in Japan, Finland and the Netherlands. In Mauritius and EU nations, it is banned from use on children. Denmark uses dental amalgam for only 5% of restorations and Germany for 10% of restorations.

In Bangladesh, it is to be phased out in 2018, and in India, there is a dental school requirement of eliminating amalgam in favour of alternatives.

In Nigeria, the government has printed and distributed consumer-information brochures while the government of Canada has recommended that all dentists stop its use in children and pregnant women — and those with kidney disorders.

Dental amalgam has been described as a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. And it is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper.

In its petition, addressed to the FDA Commissioner, CDC says the United States – one of the only developed nation with no warnings or restrictions on the use of dental amalgam in children – is the outlier.

“Why are other countries protecting their children while the FDA lets American children be exposed to dental mercury? In order to catch up with other developed nations, the Commissioner must amend FDA’s mercury amalgam rule,” says the lengthy petition replete with facts and figures—and worthy of a research project.

The petition presents its case citing several sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly-Identified Health Risks and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

According to the Wall Street Journal last week, FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb, in a sweeping regulatory overhaul of Big Tobacco, has cracked down on tobacco companies, demanding that all cigarettes should have such low levels of nicotine so they no longer are considered addictive.

But dental mercury apparently continues to get a free pass.

Charlie Brown, executive director of Consumers for Dental Choice, told IPS that with all the modern mercury-free dental fillings available today, it is inexcusable that FDA remains the world’s chief defender of implanting neurotoxic mercury in children’s mouths – mere centimeters from their developing brains.”

It’s time for FDA to catch up to the European Union and ban amalgam use in children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers,” he added.

Michael Bender, Director, Mercury Policy Project in Vermont, USA, told IPS: “During negotiations, the U.S. stated position was ‘to achieve the phase down, with the goal, the eventual phase out’ of dental amalgam. FDA should stop acting like a rogue agency and follow the US position.”

In its petition, CDC urges the Commissioner to take three key measures to stop amalgam use in children under age 15, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers:

Firstly, issue a safety communication warning dentists, parents, and dental consumers against amalgam use in children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.

Secondly, require manufacturers to distribute patient-labeling that includes warnings against amalgam use in children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.

Thirdly, develop and implement a public information campaign (including FDA’s website, social media, press releases, and a press conference) to warn dentists, dental associations, parents, and dental consumers against amalgam use in children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.

The petition also says the 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury requires nations to “phase down the use of dental amalgam.”

The U.S. government signed and accepted the Minamata Convention on 6 November 2013. FDA’s official support for “change towards use of dental amalgam” and its rejection of “any change away from use of dental amalgam” in its 2009 dental amalgam rule is contrary to the Minamata Convention’s requirement that parties “phase down the use of dental amalgam.”

FDA’s push for phasing up amalgam use has raised major concerns in the international community, says the petition.

The Convention enters into force – and becomes legally binding– on 16 August. On 18 May the 50thnation ratified, and with that threshold reached, the Convention enters into force in 90 days– namely, 16 August. Jamaica was the 71stnation to ratify the convention last week.

Asked for an FDA response, Stephanie Caccomo, Press Officer, Office of Media Affairs & Office of External Affairs, told IPS the FDA has neither promoted the use of dental amalgams nor supported an increase in their use.

FDA serves as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lead representative to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and takes very seriously the Convention’s objective of protecting human health from the possible adverse health effects of mercury exposure, she added.

“The U.S. actively supported the Convention throughout its development and the FDA continues to work closely with the U.S. Department of State on how the United States will implement the treaty obligations.”

She pointed out that the U.S. government is committed to complying with the Convention by taking at least two of the nine specific measures set forth in Part II of Annex A of the Convention with respect to dental amalgam.

Elaborating further, she said in an email message, that dental amalgam contains elemental mercury. It releases low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys.

“FDA has reviewed the best available scientific evidence to determine whether the low levels of mercury vapor associated with dental amalgam fillings are a cause for concern. Based on this evidence, FDA considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults and children ages 6 and above.”

The weight of credible scientific evidence reviewed by FDA does not establish an association between dental amalgam use and adverse health effects in the general population. Clinical studies in adults and children ages 6 and above have found no link between dental amalgam fillings and health problems, she noted.

“The developing neurological systems in fetuses and young children may be more sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor. Very limited to no clinical data is available regarding long-term health outcomes in pregnant women and their developing fetuses, and children under the age of six, including infants who are breastfed. Pregnant women and parents with children under six who are concerned about the absence of clinical data as to long-term health outcomes should talk to their dentist.”

However, the estimated amount of mercury in breast milk attributable to dental amalgam is low and falls well below general levels for oral intake that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe, she added.

“Despite the limited clinical information, FDA concludes that the existing risk information supports a finding that infants are not at risk for adverse health effects from the mercury in breast milk of women exposed to mercury vapor from dental amalgam.”

Some individuals have an allergy or sensitivity to mercury or the other components of dental amalgam (such as silver, copper, or tin). Dental amalgam might cause these individuals to develop oral lesions or other contact reactions.

“If you are allergic to any of the metals in dental amalgam, you should not get amalgam fillings. You can discuss other treatment options with your dentist,” she advised.

To the extent there are any potential risks to health generally associated with the use of dental amalgam, FDA issued a final rule and related guidance document establishing special regulatory controls to mitigate any such risks.

“Moreover, while FDA does not believe additional action is warranted at this time, FDA continues to evaluate the literature on dental amalgam and any other new information it receives in light of the 2010 advisory panel recommendations and will take further action on dental amalgam as warranted,” Caccomo added.

Asked for a response to the FDA statement, Charlie Brown said: “Consumers for Dental Choice’s petition demands that FDA carry out its duty to provide American children the same protection from amalgam’s mercury that the European Union does over there.”

He pointed out that FDA admits repeatedly that no evidence exist that amalgam’s mercury is safe for young children, yet FDA will not stop being the world’s most stubborn defender of implanting mercury into children’s mouths (and bodies).

“FDA must now fish or cut bait. With our petition in its lap, FDA must choose between, on the one hand, doing its duty as a federal agency, and, on the other hand, keeping in place its four-decade-long program of putting profits for pro-mercury dentists ahead of lives of American children,” he declared.

Meanwhile, Consumers for Dental Choice says its campaign goal for Mercury-Free Dentistry is to phase out the use of amalgam, a 50% mercury product — worldwide. The recently concluded draft mercury treaty requires each signing nation to phase down its use of amalgam, and it provides a road map how.

“We aim to: educate consumers about the use of mercury in dentistry so they can make informed decisions; stop dental mercury pollution; protect consumers – especially vulnerable populations such as children and the unborn – from exposure to dental mercury; empower dental workers – dental assistants and hygienists – to protect themselves from mercury in the workplace; and promote access to mercury-free alternatives to amalgam.

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UK College of Dentistry Selected to Develop and Pilot Digital Dentistry Curriculum

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 27, 2017) — Advanced digital technology is challenging the limits of what is possible in oral health, function and beauty. Beginning this fall, the UK College of Dentistry will join a select group of pilot institutions in launching the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) Digital Dentistry Curriculum.

According to the ACP, incorporating digital solutions into regular practice has lead to a steady increase in efficiency and ease of collaboration with laboratories for prosthodontists and restorative dentists nationwide. Despite this being the case, studies show that computer-aided design (CAD) and (CAM) manufacturing are being used in only 15 percent of dental practices in the United States, which is attributed to a lack of education and training on the applications and benefits of these technologies.

In response to these findings, the Digital Dentistry Curriculum Development Team was assembled in 2015. This task force, which included UK College of Dentistry Division Chief of Prosthodontics Dr. Richard Windhorn, was charged with developing a comprehensive plan for pre- and post-doctoral curriculum that incorporates CAD/CAM technology. The initiative quickly gained support from industry leaders including 3Shape, Glidewell, Planmeca and BioHorizons. Global medical supply distributor Henry Schein also committed $1.25 million towards advancing the curriculum. After one year of continuous effort, Windhorn and his team completed and published the ACP Digital Curriculum Development Framework-Content, which incorporates foundational knowledge, self-assessment, applied science and step-by-step protocol for CAD/CAM and implant planning.

"Training our DMD students in the new digital technology will prepare them for how dentistry will be practiced in the near future. It is paramount that they are equipped with knowledge of the latest practices, techniques and materials when they graduate. The bottom line is that they will be trained to deliver the best possible dental care for their patients in the most efficient manner,” Windhorn said.

UKCD joins four other dental programs as the top institutions selected to pilot the curriculum this fall. After gathering feedback from these schools, the curriculum development team plans to further enhance guides for faculty training and resource development before making the finalized curriculum open available to all institutions in 2018.

Founded in 1970, the American College of Prosthodontists is a not-for-profit organization created to represent the needs and interests of prosthodontists within organized dentistry, and to the public, by providing opportunities for dialogue, education, advancement, and improvement of all aspects of prosthodontics through meetings and educational courses, communications, publications, and other programs and activities. For more information visit www.prosthodontics.org.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

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Dentist faces charges after 4-year-old suffers brain damage

Navaeh Hall suffered severe brain damage during a routine trip to the dentist. (Fundraiser by Courissa Clark – GoFundMe)

A Texas dentist was indicted Monday over a 2016 incident that left a 4-year-old pediatric patient with permanent brain damage. Dr. Bethanial Jefferson is accused of intentionally and knowingly by omission causing serious bodily injury to a child by failing to seek and provide adequate medical attention, the Houston Press reported.

Courissa Clark brought her daughter, Nevaeh Hall, to Jefferson’s office at Diamond Dental in Houston, in January 2016 to have a tooth pulled. Clark said that Nevaeh was given too many sedatives and other drugs that caused a seizure and her oxygen levels to drop, Click 2 Houston reported.

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Jefferson allegedly placed Hall in a recovery room for hours before calling 911. The incident left Hall with severe brain damage that robbed her of her ability to walk, talk or see.

“To have a normal kid one day and then that’s taken away all of a sudden, it’s hard,” Clark told Click 2 Houston. “Her life was definitely taken away from her.”

Jefferson was suspended from practice by the Texas Board of Dental Examiners and on Tuesday, a judge issued a warrant for her arrest. The family’s attorney said an indictment should send a strong message to physicians across the country.

“It’s going to tell them, ‘You are going to be held accountable if you kill or maim our children,’” Jim Moriarty, who represented the family in a civil lawsuit, told Click 2 Houston.

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Broncos LB Brandon Marshall Says Colin Kaepernick Better Than Geno Smith

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall stood up for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Friday and expressed his belief that Kaepernick should be on a team. Marshall and Kaepernick were teammates in college.

In a TMZ Sports exclusive, Marshall spoke highly of Kaepernick and said he was better than several quarterbacks who are currently employed, including New York Giants backup Geno Smith.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Bridge2aid Receives £500 from the Smiling Dentist Proceeds

Bridge2aid received a £500 donation at The Dentistry Show from the proceeds of Alif Moosajee’s book,

The Smiling Dentist.

The book, written as a tool for patients to better understand dental treatments and for students to learn how to communicate treatment more effectively to patients, has now sold over 700 copies worldwide on Amazon, with all proceeds going to Bridge2aid.

‘I wrote this jargon-free guide to try and help patients to understand how to look after themselves better and also to gain an insight into what dentists can offer them, apart from just occlusal amalgams,’ Alif Moosajee said.

‘I have also had nice feedback from non clinical people who work in the industry who tell me they have gained a great insight from reading the book.

‘I really wanted to do something good with the book too, and saw an opportunity.

‘I thought if I could donate all of the proceeds to a worthwhile cause that would be a really nice thing to do.

‘I think that Bridge2aid does fantastic work and I’m delighted to be able to support them.’

To find out more about The Smiling Dentist and to order a copy visit www.smilingdentist.co.uk.

Seb moved to FMC at the start of 2014. He is the editor of dentistry.co.uk, assistant editor of Dentistry magazine and editor of Dentistry Scotland. Email: Seb.evans@fmc.co.uk Tel: 01923 851751

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10 Best Pediatric Dentistry Residency Programs in the United States

Wondering about the best pediatric dentistry residency programs in the United States? With job growth for pediatric dentists expected to increase by 20% between 2014 and 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has perhaps never been a better time for those considering a career in pedodontics. Add to these rosy forecasts the sizeable mean annual earnings associated with the profession (nearly $200,000), and you’ve got all of the trappings of a great career option. Beyond the job stability and financial incentives, however, those intent on becoming pediatric dentists can also delight in the knowledge that they’re providing a truly invaluable service to their community.

Pediatric dentists perform an integral service in encouraging the oral health of children, while also acting as a resource for parents. From the moment that a child’s first tooth comes in at around 6 months of age, it’s absolutely critical that they receive regular attention from a licensed professional to aid in the detection of early onset tooth decay, deter potentially harmful habits, such as thumb-sucking, and maintain a generally positive level oral health.

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Working with a team of skilled oral hygienists, pediatric dentists oversee the day-to-day activities of a pediatric office, while also conducting planning for more complex procedures. Responsibilities can include diagnosis of oral disease, interpretation of x-rays or other diagnostic tests, repairing damaged or decaying teeth, monitoring adolescent dental progress, and formulating treatment plans for various stages of oral disease, decay, or development.

Performing these functions requires a very specific set of skills apart from those gained in dental school. For one, pediatric dentists have to be able to effectively communicate with their staff–in order to effectively carry out treatment plans–and with parents, to provide updates on child health and give recommendations for specific at-home care that will promote healthy gums and dental development while preventing the onset of potentially dangerous diseases.

Dentists must also possess immense calm and patience, as working with children in a context that requires their stillness while poking and prodding around using sharp objects can provoke considerable anxiety and fidgeting in patients. The ability to placate unnerved children whilst methodically carrying out oral inspections can ensure that an office doesn’t get bogged down with a potential time-consuming child whose inconsolable nature makes carrying out the appointment exponentially more difficult.

Assuming you have all of these qualities–or believe yourself reasonably capable of acquiring them before you become a professional, the logical step that follows involves consideration of educational requirements. For those that hope to become pediatric dentists, the first step would be to attain an undergraduate degree whose area of focus is in the sciences–ideally with some coursework in psychology or child development. Volunteer work that involves working with children would also be helpful. From there, a post-graduate dental program would be the logical next step, in which a dental candidate can receive the necessary knowledge and hands-on training requisite for a post as a pediatric dentist. There are plenty of programs capable of providing such training, but for those keen on putting themselves in prime position for job placement after graduating from a two-year program, the best bet of doing so is through an esteemed dental school with a renowned pediatric dentistry program.

Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best pediatric dentistry residency programs in the United States, by accessing an exhaustive list that takes into account factors such as acceptance rate, mean GPA of admitted candidates, class size, and average DAT score of admitted students.

With all of that in mind, we present to you our list of best pediatric dentistry programs in the US. If you find this information interesting, you may also want to consider checking out a few supplemental articles regarding the Top 10 Pediatric Residency Programs In America, as well as the top Emergency Medicine Programs in America. That should be enough med school information to keep you busy for a bit. Enjoy the list and don’t forget to floss!

Getting our list underway is the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Renowned as one of the elite dental programs in the nation, UPENN’s school of dentistry enrolls an average of 120 students per year, which represents the 5.2% of the accepted applicant pool. Those students that are admitted tend to have a DAT score somewhere in the neighborhood of 21, and boast an average undergraduate GPA of just over 3.6. A 24-month program beginning July 1st of each year, UPENN’s pediatric dentistry residency program is offered jointly by PENN and the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. The program is heavily clinical in nature and enables residents to work with children that are healthy as well as those requiring special attention. With a program curriculum including case reviews, seminars, oral biochemistry, and clinical microbiology, students in UPENN’s School of Dental Medicine are assured a well-rounded experience featuring in-class and rotational learning.

The University of Florida- Gainesville College of Dentistry has earned a heralded reputation both domestically and internationally. Part and parcel to the school of dentistry’s great reputation is its renowned pediatric dentistry program. With an average class size of 93 students and acceptance rates just south of 7%, getting into Florida’s dentistry school is by no means a walk in the park. For those that are fortunate enough to be admitted, however, the school’s 25-month program offers an array of amenities, including access to all University of Florida Health Center Hospitals, the Acorn Rural Health Clinic, and the Florida School for Deaf and Blind. Beyond this, the school’s curriculum features courses in oral radiology, oral pathology, and biostatistics in the didactic curriculum, as well as hospital-based dental care in operating room settings, emergency dental care, and comprehensive preventative and restorative care as part of the clinical curriculum.

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The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is far and away the most selective of the programs featured on this list. Admitting a miniscule 0.7% of all comers, Colombia keeps its average class size to 80 students in any given year. Those that gain admission to the 24-month program enjoy a joint program that features clinical rotations at New York Presbyterian Hospital with access to the Children’s Hospital, Columbia Dental School, Columbia Medical School, and Columbia’s School of Public Health. Apart from this, residents are immersed in a curriculum that features seminars, conferences, rounds, and didactic learning that covers research methods, clinical epidemiology, histology, and behavior management. With a renowned faculty on hand at all times in tandem with a patient pool teeming with diversity, Columbia’s pediatric dentistry residency program is without question one of the best in the world.

Similar in competitiveness to Columbia is the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Admitting a mere 3.7% of applicants, Pitt’s average class size rarely surpasses 80 students in any given year. Members of the 2-year residency program enjoy a program that prepares them with the advanced diagnostic and clinical techniques necessary to provide dental care to children and adolescents. The program’s curriculum features a multifaceted approach revolving around clinical research and basic science. In addition to the expected didactic offerings, residents can participate in board reviews, seminars addressing craniofacial abnormalities, diagnosis and case presentation, and an array of other unique course offerings. In addition to a diverse curriculum, Pitt’s School of Dental Medicine also affords students access to the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Among all of the schools on our list, Washington’s School of Dentistry boasts the smallest average class size by far. Admitting just over 60 students per year, the University of Washington offers two unique program tracks that are 24 and 36 months in length, respectively. Like most other programs on this list, Washington’s Health Sciences School of Dentistry residency is a hospital-affiliated program featuring a partnership between the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the Department of Dentistry at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH). Located in the Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Washington’s pediatric program affords students access to a facility that boasts three operating rooms, 29 dental chairs, and an infant-toddler area. Those immersed in clinical rounds in the University’s pediatric dentistry program can expect to see roughly 30,000 patients per year.

At the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of average class size is NYU’s College of Dentistry. With an average of 360 students admitted per year, NYU’s is by far the largest dentistry program of any school featured on this list. This, however, does not take away from the quality of the classes by any stretch. In fact, it should be noted that of the 360 students admitted to NYU’s College of Dentistry, only 10 gain entrance to the pediatric dentistry program in a given year. That less than 4% that are fortunate enough to be admitted undergo a two-year program that features a curriculum intent upon providing its students with an analytical and critical perspective in the face of new information. First-year courses include but are not limited to child psychology, community practice, pediatric dentistry diagnostic seminars, and reviews of core techniques. Second-year students enjoy evidence-based studies, clinical sciences seminars, and literature reviews–among other course offerings. With an embarrassment of riches in the way of access to facilities, ranging from the Bellevue Hospital Center to the Rose F. Kennedy University Center, the select students able to earn a residency position at NYU’s College of Dentistry are sure to benefit from one of the most well-rounded pediatric dentistry programs in the nation.

At just under $5,000 per semester in in-state tuition fees, UNC represents one of the best values among all dental schools that offer a pediatric dentistry program. Class sizes are comparable to most other schools, with just over 80 students admitted to the program each year, and test scores and GPAs of newly-admitted students are both above-average at 21 and 3.61, respectively. Students in UNC’s pediatric dentistry program enjoy access to an array of facilities including all University of North Carolina Hospitals, the Gateway Educational Center at Greensboro, the Orange County Health Department, the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, and Cherokee Indian Hospital. Apart from this, UNC’s pediatric dentistry program features wide-ranging offerings, which include education and experience in sedation and anesthesia, research design, and statistics and dental education techniques.

Renowned for its excellent balance between clinical and didactic experience, mentored research experience offerings, and multidisciplinary approach to treatment of complex pediatric dentistry issues, the University of Michigan’s school of dentistry boasts one of the nation’s finest pediatric dentistry programs in the nation. The program’s curriculum features courses in pulp therapy, cephalometric analysis, general anesthesia for children and infants, child developmental psychology, and restorative material and techniques, among others. A 30-month program, which begins July 1st of every year, the University of Michigan Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Program relies heavily on hospital-based clinical rotations at the Mott Children’s Health Center in Flint, Michigan, in conjunction with 12 months of coursework and development of a research project. The program’s heralded faculty and innovative research methods afforded to residents make Michigan’s program one of the best pediatric dentistry residency programs in the United States.

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A 36-month program that features academic, clinical, and research-based components, San Francisco’s pediatric dentistry program places a heavy emphasis on basic sciences as they relate to dental care for children. Residents enrolled in the program are afforded access to the UCSF Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, the UCSF Ambulatory Surgery Center, the UCSF Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital at Oakland, and enjoy a learning experience which features a balanced offering of lectures and seminars. With UCSF’s renowned faculty overseeing all three facets of the postdoctoral program, residents are assured a unique experience in which they receive hands-on attention throughout the course of their time in the program.

With an average GPA of 3.66 among admitted students and an average DAT score of 22, UCLA’s dentistry program boasts what is arguably the most impressive class of any school featured on this list. Residents in this program fulfill 25 months of coursework, which includes core courses and mandatory instruction in anesthesia. UCLA’s pediatric dentistry program is notably academic in nature, preparing its students for a career as practicing dentists or as teachers of dentistry. In conjunction with the program’s academic component, however, students also carry out clinical rotations in the UCLA Health Sciences Center with additional access to the UCLA Venice Dental Center. With an exceptionally strong faculty and access to state of the art facilities, UCLA’s is unquestionably among the best pediatric dentistry residency programs in the United States.

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These Denver Students Are Helping to Lead the Way in Sustainable Housing

KUSA – The future is green! So are the houses being entered in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition.

Students from the University of Denver and the University of California at Berkley will be working out in the heat of the summer to complete their house for the competition in October.

A team of students from UC Berkley was chosen to compete in the decathlon back in 2015. They immediately got to work creating plans for a zero net energy house.

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“We started it as a supplement to our classwork to get a little practical, hands-on knowledge that we could use alongside the things we were learning in the classroom,” said Sam Burkin, President of the UC Berkley Decathlon Team.

After a year and a half of work, students were excited to begin construction, but weren’t quite sure where to start. A professor from DU’s Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management reached out to the UC Berkley team, suggesting an alliance.

“When he reached out we kind of realized that the University of Denver has the experience and the home field advantage of constructing here in Denver,” Burkin said.

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That home field advantage is key, considering students are expected to transport their 600 to 1000-square-foot homes from the building site to the competition site. This year the competition site is in Denver at 61st and Peña Station.

After the competition in October, the house will be transported again to its final destination.

Team UC Berkley has decided this destination will be in Richmond, California, a suburb just north of Berkley. A lot has already been chosen, with the help of the Richmond Community Foundation. The students hope the house will be sold to first time owners from the community.

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“We really wanted to make sure that our design could appeal to everybody,” said Burkin.

The house comes with four exterior walls and four flexible, mobile interior walls. This way residents can adjust the amount of rooms and the size of the rooms to fit their needs.

“We are hoping that people are taking a look at the concepts and the innovations that we’ve used within the home and are able to apply them,” Burkin said. “Whether it be the whole concept or just parts of it.”

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About 20 percent of the construction is finished, and the rest should be done by the end of August. This will give the team plenty of time to do final inspections, transport the house, and just have a little bit of fun with it before the competition in October.

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