Oral Health Group

New Grant Program Makes Dental Hygiene Part of Hospital Care

August 9, 2022
by University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

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Cyndee Stull, DHSc, director of the Division of Dental Hygiene, takes the connection between oral and systemic health seriously. That connection informs everything she does, and it’s the inspiration behind a project being funded by Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

Stull’s research and teaching have long focused on the role of oral health in systemic diseases. While teaching courses to that effect, she discovered how oral health care can decline significantly after only a few days of hospitalization, and how that can impact patient outcomes. As she realized how much there was for her and her students to learn, she connected with a medical school colleague who had similar interests, and a desire for his students to learn more about oral health.

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