Dental News

Dental student develops the job-finding site he wishes he’d had

I’m not an advertising executive. But my imagination stands to tell you about a website called Dental Potential. I had it developed during my senior year of dental school to help resolve the job seeking scenario many D4s find themselves in. I found it takes a lot of effort to find the right practice. A lot of this effort is unnecessary and leads to frustration. I imagined a site where dentists all over the country would post their practices and positions online so I could see them on a map, and filter out the ones that best suited me. It would be free for everyone. It would save everyone time. Most importantly, it would result in more dentists finding the right practice for them.

Pulling back the curtain on oil pulling

coconut oilThe topic of oil pulling usually sparks the same types of responses:

“Oil what?”

“Twenty minutes?”

What type of oil?”

Yes, oil pulling. The act of oil pulling involves the user placing a teaspoon to a tablespoon of their choice of oil in their mouth and gently swishing it around for 20 minutes. The term “pulling” is referring to the medicinal action of the oil “pulling” out toxins and bacteria from the user’s blood stream. Keep reading to learn more about this health craze!

National residency matching program: a Nobel Prize winning idea

shapley and rothIf you’re wondering how several of our future dental specialists and physicians are placed into their residency, then you will be pleased to know that the backbone of this process is a Nobel Prize winning theory. In 2012, Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley were awarded the Nobel Prize in economic sciences for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. Here’s a little background on the his idea…

Why rural dentistry is important to me

rural area thailandI grew up in a small rural village in Thailand with less than 500 people. The village was located approximately 2-3 hours from the city. Growing up, I was under the impression that dentists only pull and straighten teeth. I had no idea that they do more than just extractions and orthodontic treatments. For 13 years, I had only seen a dentist once for an extraction. The only reason I even visited the dentist was because my parents and brother had a difficult time pulling one of my teeth.

Designing your ideal dental office (& a giveaway!)

Dental Office DesignLike many dental students, I dream about the day I can finally design my own dental office. It is the day I can say I finally made it. This opportunity will allow me the autonomy to practice the way I want in an environment that is unique to my style. But the question is, where would I begin? Dental school, which focuses on the scientific and clinical aspects of dentistry, does not provide students with a lot of practice management education, let alone any advice on designing an effective dental office.

Read on for a review of the ADA’s resource on designing a dental office. Enter to win a copy of the guide by commenting or subscribing!

Frugal fun ways to unwind and redefine your off time

IMG_4286 Dental school can take up a lot of our time – more time than we think we have. Juggling tests, lab work, clinic rotations, and of course, studying, life can get really crazy, really fast. Just as we are encouraged to dedicate time to our studies and ensuring we give quality care to our patients, we, too, should dedicate time to our selves and ensure we take quality care of our wellbeing…