Release date: 10-12-2010
Faculty Associare research highlighted: James Lalumandier, DDS, MPH
The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health refers to oral diseases as a “silent epidemic,” and tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children. This policy brief highlights Dr. Lalumandier’s research interests, which focus primarily on the preventive aspects of dentistry, including fluoridation, fluorides and sealants. He is the founder of the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program, an innovative clinical outreach program that seeks to prevent dental disease in children, while educating dental students about the importance of community service. The Healthy Smiles Sealant Program is a public-private partnership funded primarily by the Saint Luke’s Foundation. It is also made possible by donations from Case Western Reserve University and the efforts of dental students, hygiene students and volunteer dentists.