Dental Corps

A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Dental Corps 105th Birthday

On behalf of Navy Medicine, congratulations to the men and women of our Navy Dental Corps as you celebrate your 105th anniversary. On August 22, 1912, the 62nd Congress authorized the Secretary of the Navy to appoint 30 acting assistant dental surgeons as part of the U.S. Navy Medical Department. Since then, dental officers have delivered world-class care with honor …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Dental Corps 104th Birthday

by Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery On behalf of Navy Medicine, I’d like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the men and women of our Navy Dental Corps as they commemorate 104 years of continued service to our nation. On Aug. 22, 1912, President William Howard Taft and the 62nd Congress …

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Dental Health and Heart Health

by Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Wessel, DDS, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology The mouth has been described as a gateway to the rest of the body.  Poor dental health can not only lead to tooth decay and gum disease but it can also have an impact on your overall health. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common dental disease caused by …

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I am Navy Medicine: Lt. Danielle Berkowitz, voyage on USNS Mercy

The day I reported to the Mercy it was freezing cold for San Diego standards and pouring rain. With two sea bags, my uniforms and my backpack, I sloshed through a torrential downpour. A petty officer I had never met offered me help, as would be common in the months to come. As I walked across the brow, my lack …

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I am Navy Medicine: Capt. Jonathan Haun

My name is Jonathan Lee Haun. I am a captain in the Navy Dental Corps and a prosthodontist. I hail from Medford, a small town in southern Oregon. I was born in South Korea. At the age of 18 months, I was adopted by an American family. I grew up in the Oregon countryside where patriotism and Christian values were …

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