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Four things to know for the new year

Happy new year 2016 Happy New Year fellow ASDA friends! Let me guess, you’re either at the gym tackling that New Year’s resolution, laying on the couch binging on Netflix, or traveling back to dental school after a much needed break. Whatever your situation, allow me to share with you some tips on how to maximize your New Year’s Day, and year for that matter.

Dental gifts that are better late than never

holiday giftsMerry Christmas! If you have a post-holiday gift exchange scheduled, it’s not too late to buy something for your friends in the dental field. Dental presents, like all good presents, come in a wide variety. Some presents make us think, some make us laugh and some make us cry tears of joy. We will keep this in mind as we search for the best, funniest and most interesting presents for our favorite dental students and dentists.

We must take into consideration many things when searching for the perfect present, be it a large box with a bow under the tree or a small stocking stuffer. Who are we buying this present for? Is it something they will use or is it something to make them laugh? What is our budget? The most important part of any good present is the thought behind it. The only criterion in our search for the perfect present is that it brings joy to a fellow dentistry enthusiast.

Here are some fun ideas for your very own gifts:

The mutualism of video games and dentistry: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start

video gamesIn 1994, I arrived home one day to my father setting up a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). I stood motionless, elated. He switched on the power and the Super Mario World splash screen appeared on our 12-inch MAGNAVOX CRT. An empty backdrop yielded pixelated white letters, “Nintendo presents.” Koji Kondo’s Mario theme began to loop as the mustached protagonist jumped across the screen.

I’ve personally noticed, a disproportionate amount of dental students feel the same way. It caused me to wonder about a connection between video games and people who will rely on psychomotor skills throughout their careers. Is the connection real?  Read on to find out!

The power of a handwritten note

writing a noteWhen was the last time you called your high school bestie? How about your cousins you used to play with as a kid? It’s so easy to get caught up with all your to-dos and school work and forget to keep in touch with those we care about. While I am personally guilty of forgetting to call or text, I recently found a more creative and meaningful way to say hello to those I haven’t seen in a while–sending a card!

Dental office smells can be tied to memories

Something StinksWe have all heard it before: scents are tied to memories. According to Psychology Today, this is likely due to the fact that the olfactory bulb is located near other areas of the brain that are strongly associated with memory and emotion. So how does the smell of a dental office have an impact on our patients?

The smell of your office could be a trigger for patients with dental anxiety. The first few seconds of walking into a dental office and checking in at the front desk could be an instant mood changer for some patients. Just the smell of a dental office might trigger a memory and the emotions of pain and anxiety linked to it.

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.

Is Starbucks becoming too sweet?

Starbucks FrappuccinoBefore stopping by your nearest Starbucks every morning or during your all-nighter for your favorite frapp, you might want to think about scheduling a dentist appointment. It’s understandable to need a pick-me-up every now and then, especially with a grueling dental school curriculum and exams. While you might think Starbucks is only degrading your wallet, it’s degrading your teeth at the same time.