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All cats issue of ASDA News this month

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 12.15.55 PMASDA’s Editorial Board tries to plan content around what our members care about most. It’s recently come to our attention that cats are a hot topic in student dentistry. Whether it’s their oral hygiene or their fuzzy little noses, cats are wildly popular. Finally, the wait is over! The all cats issue of ASDA news* is coming out this month. You’ll read articles about how to prevent kitty caries, dental cat therapy and advice on investing in a feline friend while attending dental school. Click here to get a sneak peek of this issue!

Advocating with ASDA: To National Dental Student Lobby Day and beyond!

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 8.37.02 AMApril 7-8th, 2014 marks the dates on which delegations of dental students will converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of our organization’s 20,000 members as a part of ASDA’s National Dental Student Lobby Day. This two-day legislative event provides dental students with an amazing opportunity to meet face-to-face with our federal legislators tasked with the power to make decisions on our Country’s behalf…

Is the paleo diet really all that healthy?

photo courtesy of Nick Morrison, Imperium CrossFit If you attended Annual Session just weeks ago, you have been somewhat introduced to my love for CrossFit. Though I was compared to Hercules, my diet would say otherwise. As a Crossfitter, I spend a lot of time surrounded by the Paleo diet. My box hosts a “Paleo… Read more »

Practicing dental extractions for the first time

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 1.58.39 PMAn extraction is a procedure that some dentists may completely avoid and others may entirely prefer to do in house. Whatever the case may be, the exposure and experience practicing prior to facing real cases is invaluable.

Two weeks ago, we were given the chance to practice extractions on pig jaws and learned to suture on pig feet. This sounds morbid and alarming to some but very few programs can provide such an incredible opportunity.

As we entered lab like any other day that morning we kept the procedure in our mind as it was projected on individual screens at each desk. We were taught that a good extraction follows five primary steps. All extractions may not require all five steps but it is important to consider them when making an educated clinical plan. Read on for the five steps.