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DH Students to Take Ozone Presentation to Boston

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:25am

Dental hygiene students Holly Carraway, Jennifer Lindesmith and Farnaz Safavi will present their award-winning table clinic project at the ADHA annual session in Boston.


Three dental hygiene students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston will showcase their award-winning table clinic presentation at the American Dental Hygienists Association annual session in June, as the profession celebrates its centennial.

Holly Carraway, Jennifer Lindesmith and Farnaz Safavi will present their project – “Ozone Therapy and Its Effect on Oral Microflora” – at the June 19 ADHA meeting in Boston.

The presentation has already won first place at the Texas Dental Hygienists Association’s annual Student Session, second place at the Star of the South Dental Meeting Table Clinic Contest and first place in the Greater Houston Dental Hygienist’s Society competition.
The students’ presentation has impressed judges and stands a good chance of winning at the national contest, said the students’ sponsor, Nina Infante, RDH, MS, associate professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.

"They’ve worked on and lived and breathed this project for a year,” Infante said. “The presentation is excellent; they know the material; and you can see they’re very enthusiastic about this topic.”

The project examines the history and uses of ozone therapy in dentistry. Ozone, a form of energized oxygen, can kill bacteria and other pathogens, Infante said. It can treat periodontal disease without harming healthy gum tissue and, unlike antibiotics, can be used repeatedly without losing potency.

The therapeutic use ozone is still relatively new, so the table clinic presentation garners lots of interest and questions from contest judges and other dental professionals, she said.