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Questions to ask on a job interview

questionsFor those of you who think ahead or are thinking about poising yourself for future job interviews, there is no time like the present. So, when you get those job interviews, what should you ask? It will serve you well to be prepared with a list of questions and concerns and be proactive when negotiating employment terms. The following are some great questions to ask potential employers…

Detroit Lions and TeamSmile make a difference in Detroit

photo 1Recently, a team of three dental students, including myself, partnered with TeamSmile to provide dental care to the children of William Loving Elementary School in Detroit. TeamSmile, a mobile dental clinic, is unique in that it collaborates with professional sports teams across the nation to bring awareness and dental care to underserved populations.

I was blessed to have played professional football for the Indianapolis Colts under the likes of Peyton Manning and current Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Utilizing these connections, I reached out to my former coach to propose the potential partnership.

A custom tray hack using Play-Doh

Ah, the custom tray, the standard by which the dental profession is judged. At least that’s how it sometimes seems to me when we are tested on making them in the sim lab for multiple hours and with rigorous criteria. One day we will all use triple trays, or maybe just scan our patients’ mouths and send the file off to the lab. But in the meantime, we will work with the slightly fishy-smelling triad material. I use Play Doh to block out my casts for custom trays. Not only is it easy to work with, but leaves little to no residue on your casts, a common problem when using baseplate wax on your casts…

Should the fist bump replace the handshake?

fist bumpAn article about fist bumps. Trust me, I never thought I would be writing this either. But the other day a friend of mine really got me thinking about this topic. Does the handshake have an expiration date? Bold statement, I know. And if my 26 years of schooling has taught me anything, it’s to not make a statement unless you can back it up.

Mela and Whitworth, in the August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, published a study comparing the hygienic effects of the handshake, the high five and the fist bump. I would have loved to have been there for that grant proposal. The study finds that the fist bump had significantly less bacterial transfer than did the handshake or even the high five.

Diabetes and the impact on oral health

diabetic checking glucose levelsPeople with diabetes are in a higher risk of oral health problem due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels. According to American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. Due to less control of their blood sugar, these patients have a higher chance of developing oral health problems. Hyperglycemia, or high level of glucose in the blood, makes the saliva have too much glucose. This helps bacteria grow in the mouth. These bacteria could progress plaque formation which could later cause tooth decay or gum disease. If some plaque does not move over a long period of time, they stay above your gum line and turn to calculus. Calculus makes it difficult to brush and floss between your teeth. The gum may become swollen, tender and easily bleed, especially during brushing. These are signs of gingivitis. Read on to learn more about the oral complications associated with diabetes…