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Contour Magazine

February 2023 Issue

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Why dental patients don’t show up

There are many reasons patients may not make their dental appointment. These include lack of transportation, unable to miss work or school, not understanding the importance of care, a fear of the dentist, debilitating conditions, the cost of care or simply forgetting their appointment. This article suggests ways to help patients make their appointments a priority.

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Geriatric dentistry and the graying of America

By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 and older. That number will climb to one out of four Americans by 2060. As America ages, the importance of diagnosing, preventing and treating older adults’ dental problems will rise. But aging doesn’t have to mean tooth loss or poor oral health. Here, we explore the game-changing impact of geriatric dentistry.

Using coloring pages to promote oral health and diversity 

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry promotes oral health and diversity with coloring pages. Michigan’s Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry offers a kids’ coloring page project featuring Dr. Jessica Rickert, the first woman Native American dentist.

Technology shifts, issues and priorities in dental education

A glimpse of the complex, evolving use of dental technology from the perspective of one student.

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