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California reinstates Denti-Cal after five years

denticalFor the past five years low-income adults in California have been without public
Dental Insurance. In 2009 funding was cut for Denti-Cal, California’s public
insurance for low-income residents. Thankfully it remained for children because it
is federally mandated. The loss of adult Denti-Cal in CA led to an increase in Dental
emergency room visits and a rapid decline in oral health of low income Californians.

5 steps to creating a LinkedIn profile

Kim LinkedInYou have a Facebook account, Instagram, you tweet and you Snapchat. So why haven’t you joined the social network that can actually advance your career? It’s a good idea to join LinkedIn and start attending to your profile now as a dental student. While the medical industry is still not as open to LinkedIn the way other white collar industries may be, you still want to be present on this social network.

Dental therapy dogs: a doggone great idea

l-Lap-dog.Patient anxiety is a long-standing challenge that every dentist will have to grapple with at some point in their careers. Different tactics to combat patient anxiety have surfaced over the years, but today the latest trend is that of the dental therapy animal. These trained and certified animals, usually dogs, are being featured at an increasing number of dental practices across the country, providing a sense of ease and comfort to the anxious dental patient, children and adults alike.

A guide to navigating the transition from dental school to dental practice

matthew-parkerAs you make your way through dental school, you’ve probably thought about what to do after graduation. While it’s an exciting time in your life, new graduates are faced with many different options upon finishing dental school.

The downturn in the economy has undoubtedly affected the dental market. However, buying an existing dental practice is a practical option for graduates making the transition from dental school. With many of the “baby-boomer” dentists looking to retire, there are increasing amounts of great dental practices available for new dentists to acquire.

As a new dentist, it can be difficult to navigate through your next steps. To make the process less stressful, I’ve created a guide based on my own experience with this Phoenix area dental practice to help make your transition as seamless as possible.

A small act of advocacy

social media advocacyOne of the pillars, at all levels of organized dentistry, is advocacy. As members of the American Student Dental Association, advocacy is not something to be viewed as an entity that is merely provided to us. Advocacy is a personal task that should be actively engaged in so that we can serve as a voice to our colleagues, law-makers and the general population.

For today’s dental student, the utilization of social media is at times used to vent about a rigorous week at school, post pictures of your latest sim clinic work-of-art, or even share that infamous “stab lab” photo op. The ‘likes’ and comments these posts generate can be astronomical and are comprised of other dental students, family members and friends. It is easily apparent that through our postings we have the ability to reach a variety of different individuals.