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Netwellness Debuts Preventive Dentistry Health Topic

New center on the consumer health website, NetWellness ( features experts James Lalumandier, D.D.S., M.P.H., and the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

As Baby Boomers age, they will become the first generation to grow old with their teeth. Now more than ever, preventative dental medicine is an increasingly important health issue. To help preserve teeth from infancy to old age, NetWellness, a consumer health site developed by Ohio's three leading research universities, is introducing a new topic, Preventive Dentistry, among its health information on Dental and Oral Health.

Dr. Stanley G. Vermilyea, associate dean for clinical affairs at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, stated that "the addition of a separate section on preventive dentistry will certainly add to the uniqueness of this site. Currently, many of the dental and oral health areas of Netwellness contain preventive information but by adding a specific preventive dentistry area, consumers will be able to address specific questions concerning the prevention of dental and oral disease and the overall beneficial effect of prevention on their general health."

Faculty from Case Western Reserve's department of community dentistry will join NetWellness as experts in this topic area. The oral health experts from Case will work closely with dental experts from the Ohio State University, who serve as experts for 12 dental and oral health topic areas on NetWelless bringing state of the art information to a national and global audience.

"Often the importance of oral health is underestimated. When people do not take care of oral health, it can reduce their quality of life and become more difficult and expensive to correct their problems," said Jerold Goldberg, dean of the Case School of Dental Medicine. "Because people seek an enormous amount of health-related information on the Internet, the Case dental school would like to be a part of that process in providing good and accurate information."

James Lalumandier, chair of the Case's department of community dentistry, stresses, "Good preventive dentistry is in the hands of the patient. If the patient does not heed the advice of their dentist and do their part, they will not have good oral health. NetWellness provides user friendly information and lets patients take charge of their oral health."

At the beginning of the 20th century, dental cavities were common in the most developed countries including the United States. At that time, limited knowledge of how to prevent cavities or other forms of dental disease existed.

Standard treatment for cavities was to pull or remove the tooth. During the last 100 years, the prevention of dental disease had dramatic success. Prevention methods include brushing and flossing, water fluoridation, dental sealants, fluoride supplements and new fluoride varnishes, along with regularly scheduled visits to the dentists for professional cleanings and x-rays.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, NetWellness was one of the first consumer health web sites on the internet. Providing high-quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case and The Ohio State University, NetWellness now receives 3 million hits per month from individuals seeking to improve their health with scientifically sound, high quality, unbiased and confidential information.

Susan Wentz, M.D. who is director of NetWellness at Case said, "With all the heath information available today, it is vital that the information is accessible and presented in a way that people can use in their own lives."


About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.