Just for Fun

What holiday cinema has taught me about the season


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


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?

Are you willing to brush with chocolate?

IMG_0152-2Ever wonder what brushing with chocolate-flavored toothpaste would be like? Crest® released a new flavored toothpastes, Mint Chocolate Trek, as part of their “Be” campaign. With a phrase “Be Adventurous” on the box, I took the challenge and tried out the new flavored toothpaste. Dental students also weighed in on the new flavor and the results were surprising. Are you adventurous enough to brush with chocolate?

Tooth fairy gives a little extra this year

tooth fairyLittle cheeks rest on pillows as the night begins, but the excitement keeps eyes wide as they wait for a glimpse of the elusive sprite. They can hardly wait until morning to see what the Tooth Fairy has left behind. The Fairy spent 2013 in a particularly generous mood. Her tooth prices are on the rise and not looking to slow down any time soon. Read more to see how the Tooth Fairy’s recent spending is creating headlines across the nation!