Most of you reading this blog know the impact that social media has on our lives. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (in particular) have changed the way people are able to see the world. It has become a platform to expose ideas, promote businesses and give us a glimpse into people’s lives. It has even connected our dental student cultures, changing the way we view other schools and altered the way we communicate from hundreds of miles away.
The spread of dental knowledge and ideas is now unstoppable thanks to the Internet. Dentists and dental students alike can easily share tips, techniques, events and ideas. Having trouble getting the perfect contact on your class II composite? Need inspiration for a good theme for the upcoming ASDA social? Turning to Instagram is now a fun and unique option for answers.
Everyone says that the key to reducing stress is balance and exercise. Well, they’re right. Dental school is one of the most stressful, frustrating, and nerve-wracking times in our lives. Without some sort of stress outlet there’s no way we’d make it. For some people, it’s pumping iron at the gym, power cleaning at Crossfit, or zenning out with some vinyasa. For me, it’s lacing up my trusty Saucony’s and hitting the trails or the pavement. I began my on-again-off-again relationship with running in the 7th grade and feel that I owe many of my accomplishments to it.
As a follow-up to last month’s Money Monday post about credit card myths, we will focus on the topic of credit scores. We last discussed this back in 2013 so it is time for a re-visit! Last month, we mentioned that utilization, or your statement balance as a percentage of your total available credit, is one element of your credit score. What are the other elements and why are they important?
As dental students we have done it hundreds of times already: local anesthesia. It’s may be the only procedure we have 100% confidence in completing. It’s like July 4th fireworks going off in dental brains because the patient’s “lip feels huge” and it is time to start the procedure. Yet, on a rare occasion, when we go through the normal routine with the appropriate dosage of anesthesia, they still have sensation. What gives?
It has always been a challenge for dentists to retain their patients (especially new ones). One simple way to cater to your patients’ needs would be to notify them of their appointments the way they like. A 2015 survey conducted by Software Advice, a leading Information Technology Research and Advising Company based in Texas, highlighted the statistics on the ways dental patients like to be scheduled and reminded of their appointments. This survey gives you a fair idea about patient preferences on scheduling, however you may want to just ask your patient, “how would you like to be contacted?” This simple gesture may help you win their allegiance for life!