Shelves and shelves full of toothpastes, mouth rinses, teeth whiteners and more — which one to buy? In addition to having to choose from a multitude of items, patients may also have questions about the chemicals that make up these products. Dental professionals field questions about toothpaste and whiteners with ingredients such as fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), triclosan, and hydrogen peroxide and/or carbamide peroxide. Some patients favor products free of these elements and move toward what are perceived as better, natural products. Dental professionals should know about research regarding chemicals in dental products that patients are likely to encounter.
Each year, ASDA publishes nearly 300 articles in Contour magazine and the Mouthing Off blog combined — planned, written and edited by dental students. Each piece of student-written content can be considered for a Gold Crown Award in the media category, which honors excellence in chapter publications, social media and websites, and outstanding contributions to ASDA national publications.
Engage, ASDA’s advocacy action alert system, keeps members informed about key issues affecting dentistry and allows ASDA members to advocate for the profession by voicing their position to their legislators. ASDA Speaker of the House Ryan Twaddle says, “When our days are packed with studying, exams and clinic, [it’s easy] to think the end goal is graduation. However, lawmakers are continuously creating policies that you must follow after graduation.”
With the rising costs of dental school and education, getting student loans are a common reality for many dental students. It is important to understand the terminology that will allow for better communication between you and your lender, especially before signing the promissory note. Additionally, this knowledge will help you effectively advocate for initiatives at the local, state and national levels that alleviate the student debt burden.
It’s almost here — the start of another new era of ASDA. Annual Session is a historical event, marking a change in leadership, adoption of new or revised policies and offering the opportunity for all in attendance to grow personally and professionally. This year will continue to exceed expectations, and as students from all over the country bear the cold in Pittsburgh, there is much to look forward to.
If you have seen the meme that compares dental school to riding a bike that’s on fire, that is exactly what dental school was for me before I learned how to stop comparing myself to my classmates.
How do you connect what’s happening with ASDA at the national level to what you’re doing within your chapter and district? If you’re attending Annual Session 2019, you’re already taking the first step toward bridging that gap. Held Feb. 27 – March 2 in Pittsburgh — the “City of Bridges” — Annual Session will help you build a pathway toward future success and connections between your peer and national ASDA communities.