And the 2015 Gold Crown Award nominees are …

ASDANews-Jan15-hero-webOn behalf of ASDA’s Editorial Board, I’d like to thank all the authors and bloggers who contributed to ASDA in 2014. Thank you for your time, your ideas and your contribution to the organization. It’s because of volunteers like you that we are able to build a knowledge-base for dental students in the U.S. And it’s because of you that ASDA News was found to be members’ favorite ASDA publication in a 2014 readership survey!

ASDA’s Editorial Board sifted through all the articles and blog posts of 2014 to narrow down nominees for three Gold Crown Awards: Best News Article, Best Feature Article and Best Blog Post. Criteria included relevance, originality, research and presentation. For blog posts, number of visits, social shares and Facebook likes were also weighed in the decision. Here are the nominees for the 2015 Gold Crown Awards for best articles and blog post …

A look at Abraham Lincoln’s oral health

lincolnTwo years ago, award-winning director Steven Spielberg, and cast members Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, spent a few weeks in Richmond, VA filming blockbuster “Lincoln.” During their time here, the city was abuzz with changed traffic patterns, gentlemen in top hats, and rumors of where Spielberg and crew were having dinner. Admittedly, I made several trips by Richmond’s Capitol Square on my way home from school to see if I could catch a glimpse of filming. Since then, I’m interested in all things Lincoln.

Today we celebrate the 205th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth—read on for tales of Lincoln’s oral health.

NBDE tips and a chance to win test reprints!

studyingOf all the exams we face throughout dental school, the two parts of the National Board Dental Examination are perhaps the most important. According to the American Dental Association, the purpose of the NBDE parts I and II exist “to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dentists who seek licensure to practice dentistry.” In short, these exams serve as the first steps in the licensure process. Keep reading for links to resources and a chance to win test reprints!

Preparing a gold inlay

photo 2The next time a patient presents to your clinic for an intracoronal filling like an MOD, MO, or DO, stop and think. Have you really explored all your treatment alternatives?

I was privileged this past summer to join the VCU Restorative Study Club led by my general practice group leader Dr. Thomas Vahdani. I was introduced for the first time to the Tucker techniques. Dr Tucker was the founder of the Academy of Richard V. Tucker Study Clubs. He made a set of preparation designs and operative protocols that has led to techniques for cast gold restorations known as the Tucker Technique. Read more…

District 4 second annual meeting a success

District4MeetingFor the second annual District 4 Meeting, over sixty of ASDA’s best and brightest traveled to Raleigh, NC, to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with the one they love the most–ASDA! In place of boxed chocolates and dozens of roses, District 4 offered up a content packed meeting, complete with sessions on chapter building, continuing education classes, and a vendor fair…