Children’s of Alabama Hires First Pediatric Oral Surgeon Kathlyn Powell

According to a recent AACD survey, approximately 99.7% of adults believe that a healthy smile is socially important. There are others, like Kathlyn Powell, however, who know that a healthy smile is much more than just socially important.

Powell is a pediatric oral surgeon, and the very first that Children’s of Alabama has hired. She joined the community on September 1, becoming the state’s first pediatric oral surgeon, as well.

“I have a strong desire to do work that makes children’s everyday lives better,” Powell said.

She explained that she loves working with children, especially when her work is to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle and good oral health.

The hospital Powell is working at provides state-of-the-art equipment specifically for children’s comprehensive oral and maxillofacial care.

Powell expressed gratitude and excitement about working with the hospital. Her work lies mainly in facial trauma bone grafts, dental implants and extractions, impacted teeth, and wisdom teeth, just to name a few specialties.

However, she also encourages regular dental care for children.

She’s not the only one, either. A new study actually suggests that regular dental cleanings can not only keep your mouth healthy, but your lungs as well.

In the study, researchers analyzed dental and medical records from over 26,000 people. Their efforts revealed that people who never or rarely saw a dentist were up to 86% more likely to develop a case of bacterial pneumonia.

“There is a well-documented connection between oral health and pneumonia, and dental visits are important in maintaining good oral health,” said study author Dr. Michelle Doll.

Doll explained that while the mouth can never be 100% clear of bacteria, regular dental visits can help manage the bacteria present.

Powell, while immersed in oral surgery, still advocates for proper dental care, especially in children.

“Our clinic staff is very goal-oriented to make sure that our kids get the best quality care they can receive,” she said.