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ASL aids regional push for dental health


As part of its mission to improve the quality of life for those in Central Appalachia, Appalachian School of Law is sponsoring a Continuing Education course for dentists and hygienists in Somerset, Ky., Sept. 16 and 17. The official course provider is Bill Collins, DMD, Chairman of the Kentucky Remote Area Medical Corps (RAM) Chapter.

The CE Course is entitled "Dental Erosion: Developmentally Based Scoring System for Erosions Associated with Acidic Beverages. "The course will be given in conjunction with the RAM Clinic being held in Somerset the same weekend. The RAM Clinic will provide free medical, dental, and visual care for those in need.

The presenter will be Mohamed Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, a professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the Kornberg School of Dentistry-Temple University in Philadelphia. Prof. Bassiouny, the creator of the scoring system, has published articles in General Dentistry and the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry.

A research team comprised of ASL students and graduate students from the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health (CPH) has been working with Professor Bassiouny in regard to dental erosion and the consumption of certain beverages. The ASL-CPH team is led by ASL professor Priscilla Harris and the research is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The team's goal is to improve oral health in Central Appalachia by researching consumption and purchase patterns of certain beverages and to identify legal impacts. The ASL-CPH team will be conducting research at the Somerset RAM Clinic and also at the Grundy RAM Clinic in October.