Eastman Institute for Oral Health

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  • The Institute provided care for patients at 180,000 visits. Many of these patients have special needs and complex medical conditions.
  • The SMILEmobile conducted more than 8,000 patient care visits by traveling to schools and day care centers throughout the region.  Also, a new SMILEmobile was outfitted specifically to treat patients with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities, as well as other medically challenging conditions.
  • A  new Complex Care Unit—where students are trained to treat patients with special needs—began helping adults with difficult childhood conditions receive primary medical care and specialty services, including dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, and most dental procedures.
  • Teledentistry continued to expand, allowing the Institute to extend its reach and better serve patients who have difficulty traveling to us for care.
  • Research led to breakthrough discoveries in oral infectious diseases, salivary gland biology, craniofacial development, and community-based disease prevention. The institute also conducted the first-ever scientific study to show that e-cigarettes cause damage to gum tissue.

Bullet points highlight impact made in 2016