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3 creative uses for household dental products

Tooth brushYou can’t begin to browse Facebook or Pinterest without a listicle popping up about “X number of ways to use Household Product A.” And don’t kid yourself, if you’re curious like me you’ve probably clicked on a number of these articles. (It still amazes me the number of things you can do with Dawn dish soap!)

Speaking of listicles allow me to share one with you now – including floss, toothpaste and mouthwash.

5 TED talks worth spreading

ted talkCommunication has evolved from the Pony Express to thumb-tapping iMessages sent in seconds. Technology has opened doors for media to be shared almost instantly and exponentially to worldwide consumers. With millions of apps and social networks available, one application and platform I utilize daily is the TED app. TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” was created in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman, an architect and graphic designer. He organized a conference where designers and members in the technology community could meet and share their ideas and expertise in their field. After gaining traction through the years, TED has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon with conferences that host thousands of people to share “ideas worth spreading.”

Just as someone reads the paper every morning, I start off my day watching a TED talk on my TED app. What’s great about the app is you can choose from a variety of categories and also how much time you have to listen–whether it’s 5 minutes or 20 minutes. The app will then propagate talks based on your preferences and off you go! Read on for Jay’s top 5 TED talks…

Ready for the world? Put your best foot forward (financially)

TH_MainDental students and residents frequently ask me for help when they are about to graduate. Here are some tips I hope you’ll find helpful:

In your final year of dental school or residency you should acquire disability income insurance. As a dental professional your ability to create an income is completely dependent on your ability to work. Make sure to lock in career-long discounts while you are still young and healthy and insurable.

Fantasy football as a dental-school outlet

footballThe life of a dental student is definitely a challenging one to say the least. It is a juggling act that you perfect year-to-year as you encounter new challenges along the way. As a first year dental student, you are in a state of shock as you try to keep up with a new and demanding routine. As a second year dental student, you have new challenges as preclinical work gets heavier, you begin treating patients, and you prepare for part I of the National Board Exam. As a third year dental student, you still have difficulty but a completely new set of challenges as patient care becomes your primary focus. Then finally, as a fourth year dental student, it all comes to a close. You hope you have enough requirements to graduate on time and prepare to complete your final Board and licensing exams. Interestingly enough, I have learned that there is one thing that brings many dental students together regardless of year classification and that, of all things, is fantasy football.

Healthy gums could lead to a healthy heart

Heart health checkupThe association between gum diseases and heart disease is not a secret anymore. It has always raised a question in my mind if maintaining good oral health can help me achieve good overall health. Well, the answer is “yes.” Maintaining good oral health can save us from spending thousands of dollars on preventing heart diseases. We can say that proper brushing and flossing can help us maintain a healthy heart. According to the American Academy of Periodontolgy, people with gum diseases are twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease, one of the leading causes of heart attacks.

ˈden-tə-strē : An Urban Dictionary approach to patient communication


Do you sometimes feel like the patient just doesn’t understand what you are trying to say to them—even if you think your explanation is perfectly clear?

In terms of the conscious language choices that we make in the patient-student relationship, it is easy to have misunderstandings, misinterpretations and misjudgments.

As students, we can become so immersed within our didactic environments that deca-syllabic words creep into the realm of “normal.” Not to mention (and don’t lie to yourself, because we’ve all done it) we have this temptation to mention that Mona Lisa margin or an elusive tripod contact. But does the patient care that the word “thermoplasticity” flows off of your tongue like silk, or that your axiopulpal line angle is impeccably tapered?

Send us your financial questions

financesNext month, some of us will meet at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago. We will talk about student debt, interest rates and options for managing your debt. Because dental school tuition costs have been on the significant rise in recent years, more students than ever are graduating with very high amounts of debt. While standard ten year repayment is still the primary option for those in repayment, other options are gaining appeal. These include income based repayment and refinancing. We will discuss the options available when you graduate and which options make sense in different circumstances.

What are some questions that you would like addressed during this session?