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Happy birthday Army Dental Corps

San Antonio, Texas—Celebrating 100 years of military dentistry, the Army Dental Corps concluded a March 1-4 birthday party here with continuing education.

  • "Limitations of Current Treatment of Maxillofacial Battle Injuries: A Call for Regenerative Medicine Research."
  • "Is the U.S. Army Dental Corps Ready for the Digital Impression?"

Senate resolution honors Army

Texas GOP Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn offered S. Res. 96 March 9, and the full Senate March 15 congratulated the Army Dental Crops on its 100th anniversary.

RESOLUTION

Congratulating the Army Dental Corps on its 100th anniversary.

Whereas, on March 3, 1911, Congress was the first to officially recognize dentistry as a distinct profession by establishing an Army Dental Service with commissioned officers, a seminal event for dentistry as well as for military history;

Whereas dental health is a critical component of military medical readiness;

Whereas, throughout history, the Army Dental Corps has preserved the strength of the Army by minimizing risk for and expediting treatment of dental emergencies;

Whereas the Army Dental Corps works continuously to improve the oral health of soldiers and their families by supporting individual and community prevention initiatives, good oral hygiene practices, and evidence-based treatment;

Whereas the Army Dental Corps endeavors to improve oral health world-wide by participating in the full spectrum of military and peacekeeping operations, serving as dental ambassadors through care rendered to United States and coalition military personnel during combat operations, and local national citizens in humanitarian operations;

Whereas the Army Dental Corps, in collaboration with national and international dental organizations, promotes synergy among all dental professionals;

Whereas the Army Dental Corps supports the mission of the Federal dental research program, and endorses improved dental technologies and therapies through research and adherence to sound scientific principles; and

Whereas the Army Dental Corps recognizes the importance of lifelong pursuit of continuing dental education, and executes this mission through specialty dental education and postgraduate residencies and fellowships for its members: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) congratulates the Army Dental Corps on its 100th anniversary;

(2) commends the Army Dental Corps for its work to improve the dental readiness of the Army, and the oral health of soldiers and their families;

(3) recognizes the thousands of dentists who have served in the Army Dental Corps over the last 100 years, providing dental care to millions of members of the Armed Forces and their families; and

(4) commends the Army Dental Corps for its efforts to keep America’s soldiers healthy and the best fighting force in the world.

Meanwhile, in the Congress of the United States, which recognized dentistry as a distinct profession by establishing an Army dental service with commissioned officers on March 3, 1911, newly elected dentist-Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) offered birthday greetings.

"As a long practicing dentist, I know that dental health is a critical component of overall health and military readiness. Therefore, I commend the Army Dental Corps' work to improve oral health for soldiers and their families.

"I have the utmost respect for the thousands of dentists who have served in the dental corps throughout the century, providing excellent care to thousands, and I commend the Army Dental Corps' efforts to keep our troops healthy and our fighting force in the best possible shape throughout the world."

A draft Senate resolution congratulates the Army Dental Corps "for 100 years of dedicated service to the nation, preserving the fighting strength of the U.S. Army by advocating for improved oral health and dental readiness for the U.S. Army; supporting initiatives to improve access to dental services for soldiers and their families; emphasizing the benefits of disease prevention by endorsing prevention initiatives and promoting oral hygiene; sponsoring dental training programs for dental officers and auxiliaries, and advancing the science of dentistry through participation in federal dental research."

More than 800 attendees were expected for the March 3 centennial dinner celebration organized by the Association of Army Dentistry.