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ADA Philanthropy Day SmileCon Gives Back to Houston Local Youth

Dr. Christopher Chris C. Babcock, DMD and MD, is a Louisville, Kentucky, oral surgeon who belongs to several professional organizations. In addition to his role at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, Christopher C. Babcock, MD, is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), one of the country’s premier professional dental organizations.

In October 2022, the ADA hosted its Philanthropy Day (SmileCon) to support the national Give Kids a Smile Program and to help Houston’s underserved youth. While local youth were the focus of the day’s activities, the effort also helps youth nationally.

Numerous activities took place, including events such as SmileDash 5K in Downtown Houston and the Give Kids a Smile Pack & Give Back. For the latter, participants packed around 1,000 backpacks, filling them with nutritious food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and oral health education cards.

In a collaboration between the ADA and the Houston Food Bank, the packs went to area youth who are food insecure, supplying them with nutritional assistance on the weekend and giving them oral healthcare supplies.

The day included other events such as visits from the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental van for dental screenings, DENT Talks featuring speakers talking about volunteering, and Philanthropy CHAT (connect, huddle, talk).

Criteria for Becoming a Fellow of the AAOMS

A staff surgeon at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, Christopher C. Babcock, MD is an experienced dentist with more than two decades of experience. Having served as an oral and maxillofacial intern at the University of Louisville, KY, Dr. Chris Babcock operates Babcock Professional Services. This enterprise offers oral and maxillofacial surgery contract care. Christopher C. Babcock, MD is also a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons represents about 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons and other professionals in the space. Individuals can become fellows of the AAOMS if they meet all the necessary criteria.

The first condition for being a fellow at the organization is that individuals must be certified as diplomates of the American Board and Maxillofacial Surgery. Also, only members of AAOMS or other professionals who can prove that they are operating within the moral, professional, and ethical guidelines of the oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty can apply to become fellows.

Professionals who want to become fellows must also complete an advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery education course accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. In addition, prospective fellows must be practicing in the United States or any of its possessions. They must belong to the oral and maxillofacial surgery community of their state and submit additional written proof of their qualifications where requested.

How AAOMS Supports Oral Cancer Awareness

Christopher C. Babcock, MD works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a business and healthcare executive. As an executive, Dr. Chris Babcock is the owner and managing partner of Babcock Realty. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Christopher C. Babcock, MD is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS).

The AAOMS aims to provide patients with access to safe and effective care through oral and maxillofacial surgery. The organization also promotes and advances the skills and professionalism of AAOMS members. AAOMS uses various measures to achieve its goals, one of which is raising oral cancer awareness.

Out of all the people newly diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancer, only 60 percent will live past five years. Because oral and pharyngeal cancers are usually discovered late, the fatality rate associated with them remains high.

Comprised of dental and medical practitioners who treat these cancers, AAOMS encourages oral cancer awareness by supporting two oral cancer programs observed in April. These are the Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW) and the Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Both programs are organized by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and Oral Cancer Foundation, respectively.

The Reasons Most Beekeepers Do Not Work with Africanized Bees

Christopher C. Babcock, MD, DMD, studied dentistry and medicine at the University of Louisville and graduated with oral and maxillofacial surgery residency. For his bachelor’s, he studied biology at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Christopher C. Babcock is one of the several people in the United States that practice beekeeping as a hobby.

Africanized honey bees, as a new sub-species, were introduced into the United States in the 1990s. At the time, the goal was to improve the endurance of the current bee species in the United States. But, because of their terrible reputation, these honeybees are dubbed ‘Killer Bees.’ Not only do the bees abscond (abandon the hive), they become very easily enraged at the slightest provocation.

Africanized honey bees are difficult to work with because of their temperament. For beekeepers, wearing full-body protective garments all the time, especially in hot weather, can rapidly become quite uncomfortable. European honey bees, in comparison, take a long time to sting, and when they do sting, they create smaller clusters with fewer bees than Africanized bees.

AAOMS Advocating for Oral Health in Recently Introduced Legislation

Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Christopher C. Babcock, MD is an oral surgeon and works at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Christopher C. Babcock, MD is associated with numerous organizations related to his work in dental medicine such as the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), is an organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons across the United States. The organization supports and advocates for education and research in the field. To be a member of the AAOMS members must complete continuing education requirements as well as agree to periodic evaluations to assure the public that all members meet national standards. In short, the organization’s mission is to ensure the highest quality patient care by preserving professionalism and skill in its members as well as advancing and promoting the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The AAOMS provides resources and advocates for its members by introducing and supporting legislation that helps professionals in the industry. For example, in June of 2021, two Congress members reintroduced the Resident Education Deferred Interest (REDI) Act which, if passed, will allow individuals serving in medical or dental internships or residency programs to qualify for interest-free deferment on student loans. In addition, the Foster Youth Dental Act was introduced in 2021, which will protect the oral care of current and former foster youth as well as expand the age requirement for dental providers to serve youth who may not qualify at this certain time because of restrictions already in place.

What Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Christopher C. Babcock, MD, is a certified surgeon specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He obtained his DMD degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Chris Babcock, MD, has acquired clinical experience in dental surgery, including wisdom tooth extraction.

In adults, wisdom teeth are four permanent teeth found at the back of the mouth. They are the last teeth that grow and erupt during the late teenage and early adulthood years. In cases when there isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth to erupt, the teeth become impacted.

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain and infection in the gums. The removal of impacted wisdom teeth prevents complications, such as cyst formation. In some cases, wisdom teeth do not cause any problems but are still removed based on dental recommendations.

Wisdom tooth removal requires anesthesia. Depending on the degree of impaction and the patient’s preference, the dentist can administer local or general anesthetic. The former numbs the gums surrounding the tooth whereas general anesthesia results in complete loss of consciousness.

During the surgical procedure, the dentist makes a small incision in the patient’s gums to locate the wisdom tooth. Once the tooth is accessible, the dentist may divide it into smaller parts to make the extraction process easier.

After removal, the dentist cleans the extraction site carefully to remove any leftover debris. Finally, they may stitch the wound and cover it with gauze to control any bleeding.

Benefits of Hybrid Life and Disability Insurance Plans

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Oral surgeon Christopher C. Babcock, DMD, has worked in dental practices in Louisville, Kentucky, for more than 15 years. In addition to his work in dentistry, Dr. Christopher C. (Chris) Babcock, DMD, is a representative of and advocate for disability and life insurance plans that replace income lost due to an injury or illness.

Life insurance and disability insurance plans are advised for working individuals who have family members dependent on their income. Both plans are essential for creating financial security in case of a debilitating injury or death. Some companies offer hybrid plans that combine features of life insurance and disability insurance.

One example is a plan that includes permanent life insurance and long-term care coverage. In this policy, premiums cover a death benefit while accruing a cash value. Maximum long-term care coverage is calculated as a multiple of the premium.

If the policyholder requires 24-hour support due to an injury or illness, the long-term care coverage kicks in and covers the costs, up to the maximum allowance. Other hybrid forms combine life insurance with a critical illness plan. Under these plans, individuals diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, heart attack, or severe head trauma, receive a lump sum.

Dentist Visits Key to Early Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock holds both an MD and DMD, as well as state licenses in dentistry, anesthesia, and oral/maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Christopher C. Babcock has worked at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants since 2018, where he performs extractions and oral pathology exams for issues such as cancer.

Dentists are front-line professionals when it comes to oral cancer screenings and diagnostics. Many oral cancers go undetected since many of the symptoms are similar to those associated with toothaches or mild infections. Survival rates decline steeply as cancer progresses. For this reason, people with an elevated risk of developing oral cancers (including previous oral HPV infection or frequent tobacco use) should schedule annual screenings during their dental visits.

Most people will go through a basic exam where the dentist looks for superficial changes to the oral tissues. This type of exam may also be performed with a laser. If abnormal cells are detected, the dentist may perform a more in-depth exam, which can include a biopsy or the use of a special dye. The dentist can also discuss ways to mitigate the risk of developing oral cancer.

Louisville Dental Society’s Donated Dental Services Program

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock holds both an MD and DMD, having earned the latter from the University of Louisville, where he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dentistry honor society. Christopher C. Babcock, MD, specializes in oral and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery and is affiliated with several professional associations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the Louisville Dental Society (LDS).

The LDS unites dentists, oral surgeons, and other oral health professionals and coordinates pro-bono programs that deliver dental care to underserved Kentucky residents. The LDS is one of thousands of dental associations nationwide offering the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.

First established in 1985, the DDS program enables economically-\ disadvantaged seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups to access medically necessary oral health treatment. The program was created to fill the gap for people with Medicare or Medicaid policies, which do not provide dental coverage. Under the DDS program, more over 15,000 professionals have delivered dental care to more than 100,000 people.

Membership Benefits with AAOMS

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock earned his medical degree (MD) and doctor of dental medicine (DMD) from the University of Louisville. Christopher C. Babcock, MD, serves as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. Dr. Babcock is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

Focused on research, education, and advocacy, AAOMS supports and represents over 9,000 American oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Membership with the organization provides a range of benefits including receiving reduced subscription rates on multiple industry publications and discounted pricing on registration for the AAOMS annual meeting and allied staff programs. Members are also invited to obtain professional liability insurance offered by the OMS National Insurance Company.

AAOMS members receive guidance in a range of areas including credentialing and practice management, and gain access to free business tools including the AAOMS Career Line. In addition, members have their names listed in the annual AAOMS Membership Directory to promote their practices, enabling patients and dental clinics to identify them more easily.