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VCU School of Dentistry dental hygiene students presented three research posters at the June meeting of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association in Louisville, Kentucky.

Under the faculty advisement of Joan Pellegrini, R.D.H., B.S.D.H, M.S., Ph.D., Cassandra Cooper, Regina Dixon, Helena Nefferdorf, Denise Thieleman and Christina Tulloch, all of the Class of 2020, prepared and presented research related to oral health issues with systemic impacts including oil pulling, the effect of musical instruments, and vaping.

Denise Thieleman and Christina Tulloch received first-place recognition for their work in the student research category.

“It was an unforgettable collaborative experience,” Tulloch says.

Denise Thieleman, left, and Christina Tulloch, right, presented “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: vaping away gum tissue” and brought home a 1st place win.
Helena Nefferdorf, left, and Cassandra Cooper, right, presented “Oil Pulling: Fact or Fad?”
Regina Dixon presented “Analysis of Wind Instruments on Orofacial Anatomy: A Review of Literature.

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