– If you have used e-cigarettes for at least a year you may qualify –
The students and faculty at Roseman University College of Dental Medicine located in South Jordan, UT are conducting a study on the effects of vaping/e-cigarettes on gum health, funded by the Salt Lake County Tobacco Cessation Mini Grant. Those interested can contact 801-878-1428 so that a questionnaire can be conducted to determine if they are qualified for the study.
The study requires one-time clinical visit that lasts for 20 minutes. This is at no cost to the participants, and they will receive a Target gift card ($10 value) and a free dental cleaning voucher ($50 value). The community benefits from the results of the study, as the results could lead to new information and understanding on how gum disease affects the body.
For many years, scientists, manufacturers, and public health leaders have recommended the use of other products that would help to decline the use of cigarettes. Manufacturers aimed for e-cigarettes to provide a “safe and harmless means for and method of smoking.”
“Most are aware that traditional cigarettes cause harm and damage. But nobody really knows the effects of e-cigarettes. Especially because without a lot of regulations, the manufacturers are free to put whatever ingredients they want to cater to the demand of the people,” said Joanna Lee, Class of 2019 Doctor of Dental Medicine Candidate.
Sales of e-cigarettes have grown rapidly and become a part of popular culture. With all the different sorts of e-cigarettes on the market, it’s hard to measure the biologic effects, its long-term harmfulness, and total impact on public health.
“As vaping is getting more popular, it’s really important that we get the right information out to the public about the effects it has to our oral health. We want to make sure the public is using products that are safe and doing no harm,” said Victoria Nguyen, Class of 2019 Doctor of Dental Medicine Candidate.
About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Roseman University opened Utah’s first College of Dental Medicine, offering a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, at its South Jordan campus in August 2011. The College recently graduated 64 students from its inaugural class as doctors of dental medicine, and has enrolled 80 students in each subsequent year. Roseman University is a private, non-profit institution of higher education with campuses in South Jordan, Utah and Henderson and Summerlin, Nev. The University offers doctoral-level degrees in Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, and Medicine (currently in development), masters-level degrees in Business Administration (MBA), and bachelors-level degrees in Nursing. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). www.roseman.edu.
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