Winter 2016

The D List

A smattering of dentistry tidbits to inform, amuse and amaze

November 8th

The date, in 2015, that marked the 120th anniversary of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Röntgen. The first dental radiograph was made in 1896, with an exposure of 25 minutes.


Number of Victorian-era dental business cards on display in the Virtual Dental Museum (, a project of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.


Average practice expenses in 2013 for an owner-dentist in private practice, including both general practitioners and specialists, according to the American Dental Association.


Year the National Association of Dental Faculties chose lilac as the academic color of dentistry.

$42.4 Million to $102.6 Million

The amount that could be saved each year in U.S. health-care costs if dentists screened patients for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute.

Obamas Host Indian Prime Minister Singh At The White House7 + 10

The teeth in President Obama’s mouth most likely to have gingival recession, according to a majority of periodontists quizzed by Brilliant Doctors Magazine. The magazine showed the dentists an unidentified, cropped photo of the president’s smile.



Percentage of patients who lie about how often they floss, according to a survey by the American Academy of Periodontology.

Top Stories

A Friend to the Finish

Bryan Lyons, D95, takes his place on Team Hoyt and in Boston Marathon history

Bringing Quidditch Down to Earth

Ethan Sturm, D17, is a wizard at promoting a sport inspired by fiction

Pain Relievers

When patients hurt, this team of specialists ends the anguish

The Ties that Bind

When newborns struggle to breast-feed, a simple surgery may be the answer

Editor's Picks

Filling the Gap

Scholarship will help Judyth Lee, D14, fulfill her dream of helping children

Got Connections?

Dental Central website promotes community engagement

The Decisions That Let Us Sleep At Night

The importance of earning, and keeping, our patients’ trust 

Hand and Glove

Silk proteins and an inkjet printer create an instant germ detector

His Mother’s Demons

A bittersweet memoir of growing up in the shadow of mental illness

Myth Busters

There’s a lot of dubious data about dental care out there. Our experts offer advice for helping your patients separate fact from fiction

All’s Fair

In a Bronx apartment, the Columbian Exposition of 1893 lives on