How to get your teeth back
Dr. Katherine Dent is the dentist at the Hillsborough Family Dentistry in Albuquerque.
She’s not a dentist by trade, but her job is to treat kids with dental issues, including braces.
Dent was diagnosed with Stage III, an inherited condition called trichoderma encephalopathy (TE) that causes abnormal nerve growth in the jaw and jawbone.
TE is a rare condition.
She had to undergo multiple surgeries to treat her, and she had a very painful recovery.
But she’s now a successful dentist, and the condition is now treated at the clinic she used to work in.
Dr. Katherine, the dentist, says it’s difficult to treat children with the disease, and sometimes the treatments aren’t as effective as they should be.
“We’re trying to find out how to keep our patients as safe as possible, and to try and treat their symptoms and keep their teeth,” she said.
Dent is the only dentist in the area to work with the Trichodermatitis Foundation.
They’re using her experience to help other families deal with trichosis.
“We want to make sure that we treat every child that’s had the condition as soon as we can, and that we get them the best treatment possible,” she told KOB-TV.
“That’s the biggest priority for us.”
The Trichosis Foundation works with families to provide a variety of therapies for their kids.
Some of them include oral hygiene, pain relief, and dental implants.
Some of these treatments, like dental implants, may not work for everyone.
The Foundation works through local hospitals, which offer free and low-cost dental care.
They have a small clinic in the city.
But for the most part, they work through private health care providers, like dentists, chiropractors, and podiatrists.
The Foundation is also working with a local nonprofit called the Children’s Health Foundation of New Mexico, which provides dental services.
The foundation’s mission is to help children and their families with tracheostomy, dental implants and other health care needs.
They have a Facebook page and website that provide information on their work, and they have a number of social media accounts to help spread the word about the foundation’s work.
Kathryn Dent is hopeful that one day, we’ll be able to get tricho-Dent treatments done for all kids in the United States.
“I’m hoping that someday we’ll all be able, if we’re lucky enough to have access to a dental clinic, to be able get a treatment that works, and then hopefully it’ll be covered by the insurance,” she says.