Just for Fun

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.

The Best Blogs of Mouthing Off: Just for fun

Best-of-weekThey just keep getting better! Blogging is fun. In fact, we have chosen our top three blogs that were written just for fun. Of course, we always like to have fun when we write, but you may notice that these posts are particularly quirky, yet all very informational! This is my favorite type of posts because it allows authors to be creative with their topic idea and style of writing. This category is great for learning about miscellaneous dental facts and nearly any audience can find several posts that they can understand and benefit from reading. If you have any interesting ideas for a “Just for fun” blog post, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

What holiday cinema has taught me about the season

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Spring can keep its flowers and its insects. Summer can keep its sweaty tank-tops and severe thunderstorms. Halloween can keep its blustery winds and candy-munching ghouls.

All I need is Christmas.

In this time of merriment and mistletoe and mocha lattes, I’d like to turn to film for a lesson on what the season is really all about.

Saliva soup: A delicacy worth tweeting about

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Imagine building anything completely out of your saliva. That’s what Cave Swiftlets do, building their nests out of puresaliva high up in the dark damp caves of the Southeast Asian island Borneo. Cave Swiftlets are nocturnal hunters and leave their nests at night. Other hours are spent building a nesting place for the young, hundreds of feet above the cave floor. Imagine making a nest of countless strands of saliva to swaddle your young, nearly suspended in thin air above hungry cockroaches on the cave floor. I couldn’t even begin to fathom the disgusting mess that would be. Instead of trying this techniques ourselves, humans praise the bird nests for other reasons. We eat them.

Dental school meals on a budget

quick crockpot mealsGoing to classes, working in the clinic, and being involved in student organizations leaves very little time for anything else, let alone preparing a home-cooked meal every night of the week. We often find ourselves once again going to Chipotle or ordering take-out, which may seem like a quick, easy fix but can add up and make a serious dent in our wallets. Today, I want to share with you a great way to save time AND money while preparing the most delicious home cooked meals! My search to try to find an efficient way to feed a household of two with minimal effort lead me to crock-pot freezer meals.

Finding Nemo at the dentist’s office: why aquariums are so popular

463693681(1)Have you ever wondered why many dentists have aquariums in their offices? It’s not just a coincidence! Believe it or not, aquarium therapy is a legitimate concept. The use of fish tanks, aquariums, or even digital images of fish in aquatic environments can provide potential health benefits to people in various ways. Having an aquarium in a dental office gives patients something to watch and contemplate while they wait in the lobby. This can lead to significant reduction in their stress and anxiety levels.

Dogs and dentistry: the importance of your pet’s oral health

Across this great nation, we dental students are learning all about the oral health issues that we will encounter in our patients during our professional career. From calculus buildup and caries to generalized aggressive periodontitis and apical abscesses, the ailments that one can face are near limitless. Did you ever think that these same issues could occur in your pet?