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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
 

Frontier Center

Catalyzing changes and creating collaborations between dentistry, primary care and pharmacy to enhance patient care


The Frontier Center, established by a generous donation from the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of oral health and the connections between dental health and overall health by encouraging interactions between dentistry and medicine. Since 2005, the Frontier Center has provided hands-on, interprofessional learning opportunities for over 3,500 medical, pharmacy, nursing and other health profession students, residents and practitioners. By creating opportunities for students to observe and participate in these new models of care delivery, the Frontier Center is preparing our future health care workforce to deliver the best possible care for decades to come. 

Educational activities include:

  • Collaboration between the School of Dental Medicine and other health professions to teach the head and neck exam, fluoride varnish applications and basic oral health 
  • Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Medical School students collaborate with dental faculty and students which provides opportunities for students to both teach and learn
  • Community oral health screenings at local events

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Physician Assistant students interact with dental faculty and students to learn how oral health affects overall health

Learn more about the oral-systemic connection by viewing past lectures by School of Dental Medicine faculty:

Fluoride:  Benefits, Concerns and Public Policy 

Dr. Clifton Carey, PhD​
Professor, Department of Craniofacial Biology

  • Why fluoride is used to prevent cavities
  • How fluoride helps prevent cavities
  • The most prevalent fluoridation strategies
  • Fluorosis
  • Public use of fluoride (risks, benefits, changes in recommendations)
  • Challenges for dental professionals

Dr. Elizabeth Shick, DDS, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry​

    • Prenatal and infant oral health needs​
    • Local and national etiology and prevalence of early childhood cavities
    • Access to care 
    • Relationship between cavities and pregnancy, infancy, childhood and families
    • Clinical tools​
    • Counseling and current practice recommendations for pregnant women and caregivers of children ages 0-3 years
    • Local and national initiatives and resources