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The nail-biting truth of onychophagists

biting-nailsDo you bite your nails? If so, you may think you’re doing yourself a favor by efficiently engaging in normal grooming activities. But using your teeth instead of fingernail clippers or nail files typically means that you’re suffering from a pathologic grooming condition known as onychophagia and are doing more harm than good. An onychophagist, or more commonly a ‘nail biter,’ is a person who habitually bites his or her fingernails. Nail biting is a common oral habit among children and young adults, and is the most common of the typical ‘nervous habits’ such as nose picking, hair pulling, tooth grinding or skin picking (Sachan). According to the DSM-5, nail biting is an impulse control disorder and is classified under obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders (APA)…

Eight steps you can take to treat children with autism

boy with autismOne out of sixty-eight children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As such, many of your future patients will fall somewhere on this spectrum. Autism encompasses a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by social impairment, communication difficulty and restrictive, repetitive stereotyped behavior. Here are 7 steps you can take to treat patients with autism…

New year’s book review and giveaway: ADA’s Expert Business Strategies guide

The American Dental Association provides countless resources, both tangible and intangible, to dental students. One book I’ve recently read, “The ADA Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies,” opened my eyes to many business and practice management aspects of dentistry that we may not be exposed to in dental school. This guide is organized into 10 chapters that highlight important practice management criteria that can help your business succeed. For students graduating this spring, this guide is ideal for you to help with the transition from dental school to private, corporate or associate practice. Though targeted at readers who will soon manage a practice, this guide also has relevancy to current dental students to help manage their patients in their dental clinics. Here are brief synopses of a few chapters that I believed are critical to know of when managing a practice, though all 10 chapters are important reads:

Predentals: Don’t fear the gap year

gap-yearWhat if you are passionate about dentistry and you look down at your resume knowing it doesn’t quite reflect your passion? The dental school admissions process is a highly competitive endeavor. According to ADEA, more than 12,000 hopefuls applied to dental school in 2013 for less than 6,000 open spots. Therefore, it’s understandable that you may get overlooked if your resume is lacking.

If this sounds like you then I have one piece of advice: don’t fear the gap year.

Learn new ideas from predentals nationwide

predental-idea-exchangeInterested in new ideas to bolster your predental extracurriculars or to introduce to your local predental club? On January 7, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. CT, ASDA will offer a free Predental Idea Exchange in a webinar format where student representatives from the Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and University of Central Florida predental clubs will share innovative ideas and practices pertaining to their clubs.