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Free malpractice insurance: Ask before you sign

Survival kit tooth_CUT At this point in your career, we’re sure you’ve heard of employers offering to pay for your malpractice coverage. Is there a catch? Perhaps. As part of The Medical Protective Company’s (“MedPro”) commitment to dental students, we want you to feel comfortable, well-educated and in control when selecting your first malpractice insurance policy. To help you, we’ve put together some tips on how you can accomplish this.

A week on a student loan budget

White piggy bank on wooden deskEver feel like living on a student budget is impossible? It’s pretty hard. Daily snacks and coffee breaks can really add up when you’re watching your wallet. Here is how much money one dental student spent over the course of a typical week.

This post was inspired by Refinery29.com’s Money Diaries. Keep reading…

Pedo animal bibs in the pediatric population: a scientific study

IMG_2521 “Jay Banez to the pedo department. Jay Banez please report to the pedo department.” What a way to start your Friday, right? A long, long time ago, when I first walked through the doors of Marquette University School of Dentistry, my aspiration was to become a pediatric dentist. The past four years gave me a lot of pediatric exposure, experience and memories. Though I have chosen to practice as a general dentist, my love and excitement for treating the pediatric population still continue to grow. I always look forward to my pedo rotations and a free sample of pediatric bibs gave me an even better reason to enjoy my Friday appointments.

Simple tricks to ace clinical dental photography

cameraThough camera phones are being used routinely to click selfies, overload Instagram accounts and create ASDA memories, their use in dentistry seems restricted. How can you bring that “oomph” factor to your clinical pictures? It is simple–stick to your basics and know them well! Although we are well acquainted with the different clinical pictures that need to be taken for patient records, what we generally tend to neglect are the basics to a good photograph. So, follow these steps and let the magic unfold!

April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

OralCancer_BlogPost_ImageWhile it may not be a part of our everyday dental concerns, the Oral Cancer Foundation reminds us that approximately 48,250 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, with one person dying from the disease every hour of every day. Tobacco and alcohol use remain major risk factors for oral cancer, but they’re not the only ones. The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking adults under 40 years of age whose connection to the disease is the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is actually the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. These are sobering statistics and worth remembering as we commemorate Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month this April.

6 tips to manage patients and your team

dentist with patient“Dentistry is the easiest part of your day.” Words by Boston University graduate Dr. Courtney Brady. One of the biggest challenges in a day is managing the people you encounter. Many leaders assume that extrinsic rewards, such as a raise, will motivate others to work harder. But researchers have found that what lasts are personal relationships and a sense of belonging by the provision of intrinsic rewards. In the busy environment of a dental office, it can be easy for dentists to forget to be understanding or working to gain trust from their patients and team. The workflow at a dental office can be stressful and fast paced; so slow down when it comes to managing people. I interviewed Dr. Brady on what she learned over the years as the lead dentist in a private practice. Here are some essential tips on managing people…

The science behind holistic dentistry

holistic dentistryWhen seeking dental care, patients exercise autonomy and are increasingly involved in their own treatment planning. The terms “holistic” and “alternative” invoke a variety of responses from health care professionals and patients. The Holistic Dental Association believes that being a healthy person goes beyond the absence of disease. They examine treatments and agents not typically taught during dental training. There is a special focus placed on a patient’s whole well-being that goes beyond the oral cavity. They seek to provide a means to foster the innate ability to heal.