Ashley Phares

4-year-old Savannah receives a silver surprise

A couple weeks ago, media sources shocked viewers and readers with the story of Savannah White. This 4-year-old girl was put under general anesthesia to have stainless steel crowns put on all of her remaining primary teeth. However, her mother thought she was only going in to have four cavities filled and was horrified and… Read more »

DIY Toothbrush Bangles

When I was in the 4th grade, “toothbrush bracelets” were all the rage. And now that I’m a dental student, I can once again appreciate this DIY fad. Want to give it a try? Here’s how you do it! Step 1: Buy a cheap tooth brush from the drug store that has a thin, see-through… Read more »

Animal teeth fun facts

This summer, while visiting Connecticut’s Hammonasset beaches, I stopped into Meigs Point Nature Center. Besides the living creatures filling numerous aquariums and terrariums, the center also had a large collection of animal skulls on display. Ever the dental student, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by all the different types of teeth these creatures had… Read more »

Moral Monday: Are overnight makeovers ethical?

Reality TV is teeming with makeover shows. From simple wardrobe transformations seen on “What Not to Wear” to complete body morphogenesis seen on the somewhat appalling show, “The Swan”, it seems that the idea of near instant beauty is a big hit with viewers.

On Tyra Bank’s “America’s Next Top Model”, a season favorite is always the makeover episode. Contestants get a change of hair style, a professional makeup application, and occasionally even dental work. Typically, the contestants accept the alterations to their appearance as dictated by Tyra, or they face elimination.

Teeth & Tiaras

I have a confession. Each Wednesday evening at 10pm, I curl up on my couch and indulge in one of my guilty pleasures: watching TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras”. However, I try and justify it by focusing on how this show relates to my future dental career. If you’ve never seen the show, you likely think… Read more »