Dental Hygiene students presented recent research, and faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the School of Dental Medicine were invited to support and review their topics. More than 30 alumni and friends attended the event which offered two free continuing education credits to those in attendance. Dental Hygiene Program faculty served as advisors for each student group. Students were tasked with presenting ongoing research in relation to dental hygiene practices. Lauren Carothers' and Kate Snyder's presentation, "The Effects of Celiac Disease on the Oral Cavity," was recognized as the first place winner. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming gluten. Research has identified the occurrence of certain enamel defects as a symptom of the disease. Second place went to Johanna Walters' and Megan Jones' project titled "Bye Bye Biofilm" and third place was awarded to "Lack of Dental Access Care in the Appalachian Region" by Morgan Gedman and Lindsay Zamites. Samantha Dudkiewicz and Jen Debski received Honorable Mention for their project “Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy: Use It and Improve It”.
Lauren Carothers and Kate Snyder, who received first place for their presentation, "The Effects of Celiac Disease on the Oral Cavity," discuss their research with Dr. Thottala Jayaraman.