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8 ways to spend your time [but not your money] outside of dental school

free-stuff-thumbs Welcome to Life-Hack Week! All week we’re posting about ways to hack your back-to-dental school experience. Whether it’s saving money, fitting in fitness or making your daily life more tech-savvy, Mouthing Off has you covered. As a special treat, we’re posting all 5 days this week. Be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single post! Now, here’s your first Life-Hack Week post:

Dental school is expensive. So when you finally have a few hours to take a break, or maybe even a week off of school, the last thing you want to do is spend more loan money on recreation. Read on for ideas on how to relax and spend your free time without spending all your money and a contest to win a $50 gift card!

Pampering your prophylaxis

dental-spaThe ambient lighting, the gentle trickling water from the tabletop Zen garden, the intermittent buzzing of a high-speed hand piece in the background, these sounds are becoming increasingly intermingled with the emergence of dental spas across the country. When dental anxiety is one of the leading drivers for patients avoiding essential dental care, the addition of a “spa-like” treatment may help patients feel more at home. A dental spa is exactly what you think it would be – a dental facility under a licensed Oral Health Care provider that offers spa services in addition to providing dental care.

California reinstates Denti-Cal after five years

denticalFor the past five years low-income adults in California have been without public
Dental Insurance. In 2009 funding was cut for Denti-Cal, California’s public
insurance for low-income residents. Thankfully it remained for children because it
is federally mandated. The loss of adult Denti-Cal in CA led to an increase in Dental
emergency room visits and a rapid decline in oral health of low income Californians.

Dental therapy dogs: a doggone great idea

l-Lap-dog.Patient anxiety is a long-standing challenge that every dentist will have to grapple with at some point in their careers. Different tactics to combat patient anxiety have surfaced over the years, but today the latest trend is that of the dental therapy animal. These trained and certified animals, usually dogs, are being featured at an increasing number of dental practices across the country, providing a sense of ease and comfort to the anxious dental patient, children and adults alike.

How e-cigarettes and hookah pens impact our oral health

E cigWith the recent popularity of the recreational use of e-cigarettes and hookah pens as a “healthier” decision to traditional cigarettes, consumers are falsely convinced there are no harmful effects to these water vapor alternatives. The notion that these products pose no threat (or a lesser threat than the accompanying two) has encouraged smokers, nonsmokers and young people to consume them. Some consumers have bypassed any further research on these water vapor products and have already allowed it to become a replacement to cigarettes…

Six steps to becoming a Gmail guru

Gmail-guruRecently, I told my friends that I track emails to professors so I know to follow up in person if they don’t get opened. Ten minutes of Q&A later, it hit me: Every busy dental student can benefit from learning this! Hyperbolic, Buzzfeed-headline aside, here are some practical tips to be more efficient, organized and professional in your Gmail life.

Give Kids A Smile: addressing barriers to care and future trends

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 6.04.12 PMThe American Dental Association began GKAS more than 10 years ago in an effort to treat underserved children. Many children experience barriers to dental care. Some children do not have dental insurance, and some cannot afford the specific treatment needed or live too far from a clinic. I co-chaired Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) 2014 at our school. It was tough work coordinating volunteers, patient flowcharts, supplies and staff. I am incredibly thankful for my hardworking co-chairs and dedicated committee. We had a successful event and treated almost 200 patients. We provided care that amounted to over $45,000 (based on our school’s fees)…