Can dental care help people recover from drug abuse? Utah researchers say yes

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  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2019 10:45 a.m.

    Most of us can recognize a tweaker (meth user) when we see one.

    They can be recognized by their bad skin lesions and their rotting or missing teeth and sagging skin.

    My question has always been, if you know the end results, why would you want to go down that path.

    It's the "socialist" programs like this that help people in need. Good job to the U of U Dental School for tackeling a society problem like this. It may help to put people back on a productive path in life.

  • Surfrat Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 10, 2019 9:08 a.m.

    Despite brownderby's assertion his or her comment was made solely as "kindly advice," it somehow smells of awful arrogance and crusty condescension. As noted, the article in question is important and timely. I would also add it was very well written and supremely informative for the intended audience.
    Not only does nearly everyone who has not attended dental school say "root canal" when referring to the procedure performed by dentists across the country, the vast majority of the dentists themselves also refer to the procedure the same way. At 47 years young, I've had three root canals performed on me and all three times the two dentists and the oral surgeon all called the procedure a "root canal."
    I have also had to have teeth pulled or extracted. In fact, many people will have a tooth or teeth pulled by dentists across the valley today. I for one am glad to know that due to the advances made in modern dental practices, they will be done using the very same methods and/or procedures that will be used on those who will have a tooth or teeth extracted too.
    Congratulations to Brandon. And thank you to the editors of the Desert News for the great article.

  • brownderby Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2019 6:02 a.m.

    In an otherwise important and timely article, it is disappointing to see the reporter use very poor terminology in her references to the dental treatment provided. Dentists do not "perform root canals" any more than surgeons do not perform "legs, or hands, or brains." A root canal is an important part of the anatomy of a tooth. When the vital tissue in the root canal becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected then root canal "treatment" is performed in order to eliminate pain or infection and save a diseased tooth.
    And correctly, teeth are not "pulled". They are "extracted". The term "pulled" is a vestige of the terrible dentistry of the middle ages.
    This comment is made solely as kindly advice.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 9, 2019 10:24 p.m.

    A very good program. Congratulations to those who provide the services, as well as to the patients who get with the program.
    Congratulations to Mr. Jenkins for his progress and dedication.

  • Sp√Ąter73 Hughson, CA
    June 9, 2019 10:02 p.m.

    Way to go Uncle Glen!! What a cool program. Glad DN finally did a write up on it.