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Can you make homemade meals for a week straight?

Raw fresh meat steak on kitchen cutting board on a dark wood   backgroundNowadays we’d rather order food from Grubhub than make something ourselves. Our rationalization? Saves time. But does it? It takes 30-60 minutes for takeout to arrive and while you told yourself you would do the dishes or a load of laundry during that hour, we all know you sat on the couch and watched “Master of None” on Netflix.  Let’s not kid ourselves. Ordering food is easy, making it on the other hand is hard.

ASDA’s February Wellness Challenge encourages you to face this predicament head-on. Eat only home cooked for seven days. I completed the challenge for this blog post and it was extremely difficult, but rewarding.

#WhatShouldWeCallDental shows we’re all in this together

woman using laptopEvery dental student knows that the four years of dental school are difficult and demanding. From testing schedules to clinical requirements, it is hard to find time to relax and unwind. Fortunately, a fellow classmate introduced me to a Tumblr page that kept me cracking up and helped me understand that dental students really are all going through the same thing.

The Tumblr page #whatshouldwecalldental provides an endless supply of gifs that explain exactly what it’s like to be a dental student. The videos contain snippets from TV shows, movies, or other content that has been posted to the Internet. Along with the gif, there is a description of how that video relates to a situation you might experience when in dental school or interacting with patients. Here are some of my favorites…

Why a cleft lip patient might be your best

baby at doctorAccording to the Journal of Medical Sciences, cleft lip and palate (CLP) occurs in about 1 in 700 live births, making it the most common orofacial congenital malformation. Patients born with CLP not only experience aesthetic, speech, eating, hearing and psychological problems, but also a higher incidence of certain dental anomalies compared to the general population. Some of the dental anomalies experienced by these patients include missing teeth (most commonly the maxillary lateral incisors and lower incisors), supernumerary teeth, malocclusion, ectopic tooth eruption, delayed tooth development and morphological anomalies in both deciduous and permanent dentition.

Read on to learn more about CLP.

Why “Y” matters: 4.000 – X = Y

friends around fire on beachIf 4.000 – X = Y, and X = your GPA, then solve for Y.

I know. I’m throwing two tantalizing topics your way: your GPA and performing math. However, please stow away your cringing and crying for a moment, because there’s a method to my madness.

I want you to subtract your current GPA from 4.000 and determine the number that stands between you and what academic institutions quantify as “perfection.” If you’re like me, that difference is certainly not a zero. In fact, when I solve for “Y,” it’s larger than I would like.

But, I’d like to reel in your future-specialist-type-A anxiety and offer you a different perspective to consider for 2016. I pose to you the following questions: what does your “Y” truly represent, and why does “Y” matter?

Read this before you buy a car

buying a carI’m pretty sure that the first thing most new dental school and resident grads do when they get their first paycheck is go down to the dealership and buy a new car. And why not? After all, most of you have been slaving away, living on loans or the meager salary of a resident which is barely enough to cover your loan payments and rent. So here you are, finally ready to buy the car you have been thinking about for 7 years. Hopefully this article will help you get a better deal. In addition to getting a good deal, my hope is that this article will help you think through the steps involved with a large purchase.

How flying can affect your dental health

Passengers Sitting on a PlaneHave you been on a plane recently? Whether it was to fly home for the holidays or attend a national ASDA meeting, air travel is common among dental students. Aviation dentistry is an emerging science that primarily deals with the oral and dental health status of fliers with emphasis on prevention of disorders related to changes in atmospheric pressure.

At high altitudes, the atmospheric pressure is too low for humans, but, the aircraft pressure is maintained so that it is comfortable for the crew and travelers with the help of aircycle machines and outflow valves. Nevertheless, these pressure changes may affect fliers occasionally. One may face any of the following problems…

Annual Session as an admitted skeptic

annual session 2015

This post was originally published in Vol. I, Issue 3 of Colorado ASDA’s newsletter, “The CEJ.” Chapter Editor-in-Chief Rick Collette recounts his first experience at ASDA’s Annual Session 2015 in Boston:


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term “ASDA Fever.” For me, it raised several questions. What is it? Is it communicable? Is it an actual fever? Where does one contract it?

This last question was one I was determined to answer.