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Financial literacy for the dental student

budgetingHappy Money Monday! There is a website that we have mentioned a few times on Money Monday that is a great resource for dentists at any stage of their career, from student to retired. Today, there is a relatively new feature on the website that we would like to share with you. Keep reading for the link…

The psychology of gratitude

thank you messageThe daily life of a dental student is often about as jam packed as a crowded subway. Trying to juggle our academic, clinical and personal obligations is no easy task and at times, it can be overwhelming. However, to provide our patients with the best possible care, we must care for ourselves first. Believe it or not, one of the best ways to achieve this is by consciously practicing gratitude.

Keep reading to find out how…

Personal and professional development as an ASDA predental leader

Personal and professional development as an ASDA predental leader | Mouthing Off | Blog of the American Student Dental AssociationI believe that every predental student should be an ASDA member because of the many unique benefits that comes with membership. However, what I found to be the one of the most fulfilling experiences of my undergraduate career was the opportunity to serve as an ASDA leader at the national, district and local level as a predental member. I’m here today to share with you some the benefits of taking advantage of these opportunities.

The role of emotional intelligence in conflict resolution

young couple having argument and turning their back on each otherFor many of us, it’s in our nature to avoid uncomfortable conversations. Whether out of the fear of offending someone, hurting their feelings or being humbled by having to admit a mistake, we put those conversations off. But in our roles as health care providers, we can’t avoid conflict. We must be able to have the uncomfortable or unpleasant, but honest, conversation.

The growing presence of women in dentistry

female dentistAs a high school senior, I had an opportunity to interview for a collegiate scholarship, during which I discussed my aspirations for a career in dentistry with an all-male panel of judges. I remember being asked, “Why don’t you want to be a dental hygienist or an assistant? Aren’t those the typical roles in dentistry for a female?”

I was taken aback. I was sure that it wasn’t their intention to instill self-doubt in a woman pursuing a career in a male-dominated industry. However, I couldn’t help but feel as if I was being relegated to another career, based strictly on traditional gender roles.

Make the most of your summer

summer treatSummer is a great time to take a break, recuperate and rejuvenate from the long school year. For students who like to get a jump-start on the next year, reading materials for the next semester is a great option. But for those who prefer to fully disengage, like myself, here are some ideas for maximizing the summer break without breaking the bank.

Nature’s remedy: LPS, inflammation and non-pharmacological agents

floraEven with a long list of dentifrices, rinses, antibiotics and drugs to combat gingivitis and periodontitis, the battle continues. If you are in despair for what to prescribe next, don’t worry; there may be an answer from our botany-oriented colleagues. There is a growing wave of research being done that turns to nature to help fight our war against inflammation in the oral cavity. Many of these research projects focus on the main culprit of oral inflammation – the dreaded lipopolysaccharide (LPS). LPS is the byproduct of many periodontal pathogens, and it wreaks havoc on the supporting tissues comprising the periodontium. Researchers believe that if natural agents can mediate the inflammatory reaction of the host cells, then destruction of the gingiva and alveolar bone can be slowed or halted.