Ann Arbor, MI — March 4, 2014 — A third-year resident in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Graduate Periodontics Program won the first place prize for her research from the Midwest Society of Periodontology.
Ebone’ Jordan (DDS 2010, MS 2014) received the award for her investigations into the effect of vitamin D on oral surgery. In her study, 65 adult patients had periodontal surgery at the School of Dentistry and were followed for one year. She found that patients with vitamin D deficiency experienced less soft tissue healing and less bone gain around their teeth after undergoing periodontal surgery than those with adequate vitamin D levels.
While it’s too early to make any definite recommendations to periodontists and their patients, one possible remedy could involve testing patients for vitamin D levels and bolstering their levels of the vitamin prior to surgery. This could be a simple and cost-effective way to improve surgical outcomes. The findings are promising, but further research is still necessary.
Jordan is mentored by Dr. Jill Bashutski, a clinical assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.