Dentistry is about so much more than just teeth, and the new television series airing on Lifetime, “Smile,” proves just that. The series, which kicked off on May 28, will spotlight 12 individuals from around the country who are given the opportunity to makeover their smiles. Each participant has a different story that illustrates the ways that a smile can not only hinder how you live your life but also leave you powerless to it. As a dental student, I found “Smile” to be extremely profound. It is moving to me not only from the viewpoint of the people who are in need of the makeovers but from the dentists who will be providing them. “Smile” gives the viewer a great perspective of not only what dentistry is but also the reason why so many people choose dentistry as a profession. This series demonstrates through each individual’s story that a smile is self-defining. As dentists, we have the ability to change an individuals smile, but we are also changing that big picture: how they see themselves in the mirror. As dentists, we have the privilege to be a part of what’s behind the smile. What does your smile say about you?
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?