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Healthy gums could lead to a healthy heart

Heart health checkupThe association between gum diseases and heart disease is not a secret anymore. It has always raised a question in my mind if maintaining good oral health can help me achieve good overall health. Well, the answer is “yes.” Maintaining good oral health can save us from spending thousands of dollars on preventing heart diseases. We can say that proper brushing and flossing can help us maintain a healthy heart. According to the American Academy of Periodontolgy, people with gum diseases are twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease, one of the leading causes of heart attacks.

ˈden-tə-strē : An Urban Dictionary approach to patient communication


Do you sometimes feel like the patient just doesn’t understand what you are trying to say to them—even if you think your explanation is perfectly clear?

In terms of the conscious language choices that we make in the patient-student relationship, it is easy to have misunderstandings, misinterpretations and misjudgments.

As students, we can become so immersed within our didactic environments that deca-syllabic words creep into the realm of “normal.” Not to mention (and don’t lie to yourself, because we’ve all done it) we have this temptation to mention that Mona Lisa margin or an elusive tripod contact. But does the patient care that the word “thermoplasticity” flows off of your tongue like silk, or that your axiopulpal line angle is impeccably tapered?

Send us your financial questions

financesNext month, some of us will meet at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago. We will talk about student debt, interest rates and options for managing your debt. Because dental school tuition costs have been on the significant rise in recent years, more students than ever are graduating with very high amounts of debt. While standard ten year repayment is still the primary option for those in repayment, other options are gaining appeal. These include income based repayment and refinancing. We will discuss the options available when you graduate and which options make sense in different circumstances.

What are some questions that you would like addressed during this session?

Let technology help you form healthy eating habits

weight loss appOn January 1st of this past year, like millions of others around the country, I made the cliché New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and trim a few pounds. Sounds familiar, right? But this time, things were a bit different. I had just finished my first quarter of dental school, and the dreaded freshman 15 that I had so successfully avoided in college hit me like a dormant ton of bricks out for retribution. All those free slices of pizza from lunch-and-learns definitely didn’t help my cause.

As if school isn’t enough of a challenge already, how can dental students strike the right balance between work, nutrition and exercise to lead healthy lifestyles while maintaining good grades? As I worked through my resolution, I found that these two goals, living healthy and doing well in school, go hand-in-hand in a surprising way.

How to stand out in an interview (in a good way)

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 4.43.20 PMIt’s that time of year!! Interview season has commenced. As you go off to your residency interview (or maybe you are a predental student preparing for the big interview you’ve been waiting for), you want to make sure you are prepared in all capacities, including your outfit. You probably have asked yourself at one point, “How can I stand out?” or “What will set me apart from the other candidates”? There is nothing wrong with standing out and making a great initial impression, you just want to make sure you do it in the right way. Read on to find out how!

5 ways to succeed in a team environment

teamworkYou’ve heard phrases such as “working in a team environment” and “team dynamics” so often that their actual meaning can become overlooked. Understanding the true concepts underlying these phrases can go a long way in maximizing a team’s output while enhancing our own understanding of where we fit in the team and how we contribute our most valuable skill sets.

According to a 2013 study by the journal Human Resources for Health, interdisciplinary team work in the healthcare setting is becoming more prevalent in this age as a result of various factors. These include an aging population with more complex health needs, the increasing complexity of skills and knowledge needed to provide comprehensive care, and fragmentation of disciplinary knowledge due to increasing specialization in the health professions.