Dental Medicine

Penn Dental Medicine serves Afghani refugees with pop-up clinic

Responding to an immediate need for dental care in the community, Penn Dental Medicine students and faculty created a pop-up clinic for more than 60 Afghani refugees awaiting permanent placement in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

From Penn Dental Medicine

Smart dental implants

Geelsu Hwang of the School of Dental Medicine and colleagues are developing a smart dental implant that resists bacterial growth and generates its own electricity through chewing and brushing to power a tissue-rejuvenating light.

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In the News

What your tongue says about your health

Dental School of Medicine dean Mark Wolff explained what the tongue can reveal about a person’s health, such as vitamin deficiencies. “So many nutrient-bound conditions just pop right out on the tongue,” he said.


Ashley Graham reveals her ‘cracked tooth’ on Instagram—Here’s what to know

Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine spoke about the increased popularity of dental veneers. "Sometimes, the shape of the teeth and the cosmetics of teeth are so bad that there's just no way to do anything about it without literally covering the tooth," he said. "A porcelain veneer can cover the tooth without actually doing a lot of damage to the tooth."


7 superfoods for your teeth

Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine said low-sugar, high-fiber diets can help protect teeth and gums. “You’re not just feeding yourself—you’re feeding all the good and bad bacteria that live in your mouth,” he said.


LA Times

Adding dental coverage to Medicare makes a lot of sense—except to dentists

Allison Hoffman of the Carey Law School is quoted on how the current dental insurance system is unsustainable.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn finds a surprising benefit to wisdom tooth surgery: better taste

Research by Richard Doty of the Perelman School of Medicine and Dane Kim, a student in the School of Dental Medicine, found that people who have had wisdom teeth removed had a slightly stronger sense of taste over time. Earlier studies have focused on the temporary loss of taste associated with the procedure.


A dental student on TikTok says she knows if someone is pregnant by looking in their mouth—is this possible?

Mark Wolff, dean of the School of Dental Medicine, said it’s “an overstatement” to say doctors can tell if someone is pregnant by examining their gums, as purported in a viral TikTok video. However, he said, even those “that take really good care of their mouth” can develop sudden gingivitis during pregnancy.