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Keeping the patient’s best interest in mind

Patient in chairWith so many factors that go into treatment planning (cost, insurance coverage, time requirements, length of procedures, knowledge of the treatment, fear), sometimes we may lose sight of what is best for the patient. Never make assumptions. Get to know your patients. Make sure that he or she understands what the procedure entails and is clear on the pros and cons of every treatment option. Taking the time to listen to the patient and explain all possible treatment options and ways for future prevention is paramount to treating each person in the best way possible.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer infographic thumbApril is Oral Cancer Awareness month. ASDA is encouraging the dental community and public to spread the word on oral cancer prevention! As oral health care professionals, we are often the first to see signs of oral cancer. Awareness and early diagnosis is key to increasing oral cancer survival rate. Check out these facts on oral cancer in the infographic in the post and be sure to educate your patients on risk factors.

Poster perfect: Tips for acing your next poster presentation

ASDA poster session 2015You’re a fiend in the research lab but when it comes to presenting your work, do you exude that same confidence and intellect? Or, does anxiety get the best of you, as judges press you with unanswerable questions for their own amusement? Like most people, I didn’t know how to construct or present a poster. After a few trials, I began approaching to approach presenting like I did writing: start with a good intro and know your audience.

The history behind smiling in portraits

725px-Élisabeth-Louise_Vigée-Le_Brun_-_Madame_Vigée-Le_Brun_et_sa_fille_(1786)Modern dentistry has changed greatly in the past three centuries, but the advancements in the profession don’t come solely from developments in technology, materials and research. The smile is now synonymous with joy and excitement, and many people are willing to go to great lengths to have the perfect smile. Yet throughout history, the smile was analogous to foolishness, irrational emotion, and deceit. It’s no surprise that words smile and smirk in the English language share the same Old Norse origin.

However, it wasn’t until the 19th and 20th century that smiling became a widespread, popular cultural phenomenon. According to historian Colin Jones, a professor of art history at Queen Mary University of London, the point of inflection regarding the public opinion of smiling came about with a controversial self-portrait of Madame Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, a French artist. In her painting, Le Brun, a young mother, portrays herself smiling ever so slightly, showing the incisal edges of her maxillary incisors.