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Dental Olympics underway at SmileCon

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso win first round of dental trivia contest

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Cheering section: Friends of the competitors applauded them from the audience. Photos by EZ Event Photography.

Houston — The first-ever Dental Olympics are underway in Houston.

The two-day event at SmileCon features students from four Texas dental schools — Texas A&M University, UT Health Science Center at Houston, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso — all battling for state bragging rights.

Gabriel Holdwick, D.D.S., a member of the New Dentist Committee, moderated the trivia contest, Dental Jeopardy.

“I know you’d all rather be in school today learning about perio and all that stuff, but thank you for being here,” Dr. Holdwick told the students.

The trivia questions ranged from fun questions about dentistry, “Who is noted as the ‘father’ of dentistry?” and “Where and when was the ADA founded?” to the more challenging, “The periodontal ligament is primarily composed of which collagen sub-type?” or “Which of the following answers best distinguishes periodontitis from gingivitis?”

In addition to trivia, the first day of events also included a social media battle to see which school could get the most likes or followers. For Day 2, the Dental Olympics include a Putt for Points contest and the final round of Dental Jeopardy.

Dentist and Olympian Tara Peterson, D.D.S., a member of the U.S. National Curling Team who participated in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, provided opening remarks for the Dental Olympics, which are sponsored by Pacific Dental Services.

“Supporting the growth and development of organized dentistry elevates the entire dental industry, which better serves oral health care professionals and ultimately their patients,” said Gary J. Pickard, senior director of Government and Industry Affairs at Pacific Dental Services in a news release.

As for who won the first round of trivia?

That would be UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso, who will face off against each other in round two of trivia. The winning team overall for all events will be announced during the SmileCon closing session on Oct. 15.

El Paso Dental Olympics
To the next round: Dental students from Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso pose after their victory. From left is James White, Vanessa Chang, CheyAnne Meguess and Dat Le.
San Antonio dental olympics
Dental students from UT Health Science Center at San Antonio advanced to the second round of the Dental Olympics. From left is Max Shaw, Josh Dickie, Mark Maher Wadie Elia and Anitha Santosh.

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