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Get More Out of Dental School

When you’re a student, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by your classes and focus solely on those. We’re here to tell you that it’s important to get involved with other aspects outside the classroom. There are so many opportunities for you to meet new people, learn from your peers, and create relationships that will help you not only get through dental school, but come out of it as a leader. So here are 6 ways to get involved in your school outside of the lecture hall and get more out of dental school.

5 tips for treating pediatric patients as a general dentist

As an ADA Success program speaker, I am always honored to speak to dental students from across the country on topics such as practice management, leadership and ethics, and the state of the dental profession. No matter what topic I speak on, however, I am always questioned about something that I mention in my introduction: I am a general dentist who limits my practice of dentistry to treating pediatric patients. 

Make your snacks work for you

I enjoy snacking. Even though I know all about tooth decay, there are still some times when I crave a sweet, sugary snack. It is important to remember that while those treats are accessible, comforting and delicious, they don’t always leave us in our best condition. The right snack can make a long study session a little more tolerable or provide a much needed energy boost to get through an evening of lab work. It’s obvious that fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the healthy options we should be striving for, but when you have these snacks is also important.

Interdisciplinary care from the medical student perspective

Both medicine and dentistry are aimed at preventing deleterious health conditions, addressing and tackling health disparities, educating communities and patients about taking charge of their health, and diagnosing and treating malformations and diseases. Yet how often do doctors and dentists — better yet, medical students and dental students — work together? How can we learn from each other and, ultimately, work as a cohesive team?