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Brief History of STOHN

The South Texas Oral Health Network (STOHN) affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, was established through the Clinical Translational Science Award funded by the National Institutes of Health in May 2008 and co-directed by Dr. Rahma Mungia and Dr. Thomas Oates, Jr. The mission of STOHN is to “generate evidence that matters in dentistry by developing the research infrastructure for generating practical, timely information that can be used by dental practitioners to enhance the quality and efficacy of oral health care.” This Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) currently has 37 active network members, primarily practicing general dental practitioners and a few dental specialists from Bexar County and the surrounding areas. The patient population is largely non-Hispanic white and Hispanic adults with roughly half privately insured and the other half uninsured. Over the years, STOHN has been involved in studies relating to health literacy, dentists’ and patients’ willingness to participate in finger-stick blood glucose assessments, prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes in dental offices, barriers, resources and solutions for in-office tobacco cessation counseling and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. STOHN has published 2 journal articles and in the process of publishing additional articles as well as presented at the UTHSCSA Dental Grand Rounds, Dental Science Symposium, Translational Advisory Board Annual Meeting, Academy of General Dentistry and Annual STOHN and PBRN convocations.

Members/Clinics Description and Patient Population

Current Active Members
Distribution of STOHN Clinics
Patient Population

Research Interests

Past Studies

  • Prevalence of Molar - Incisor Hypomineralization(MIH)
  • Oral Cancer Knowledge Assessment  
  • Dental practitioners' knowledge and perceptions of BONJ
  • South Texas dietary effects on tooth structure
  • Effects of sleep disorders on teeth
  • Behavioral management and dental phobia
  • Socioeconomic considerations with regards to dentistry
  • Dry mouth
  • Dental materials
  • Factors affecting implant survival
  • Obesity and its effects on oral health
  • Relationship between wound healing, implant integration, and bisphosphonates
  • Sudden tooth decay in elderly populations
  • Endodontic failure associated with obturation materials and techniques
  • Controversy over restorative materials
  • Failure of in-office CAD-CAM crowns versus traditional gold PFM