Students

Eating like a dental student

Do you ever eat a meal and then feel exhausted after, that “food coma” effect? Do you ever feel sluggish when you wake up in the morning and within an hour need that cup of coffee or energy drink? Do you ever feel so full after a meal you tell yourself that your going to… Read more »

How seahorse farming led me to dental school

SeahorseWhen I decided to spend three years working on a glittering, sunbaked field of lava surrounded by 20,000 seahorses in the middle of the Pacific, I didn’t see dentistry as the obvious next step. The rungs on the seahorse-farming career ladder were unclear. They seemed to include things like yellow tang farming and sea dragon farming–but I’m starting to wonder if there was an underlying, seahorses-to-dentistry logic at work. Read on for more about Christian’s interesting path to dental school…

How to make a gold crown

Gold crown_thumbScenario: A patient walks into the clinic after cracking his maxillary first molar, tooth #3, from chewing ice. His existing MOL amalgam restoration is compromised, and the undermined cusp (mesiolingual cusp) is cracked. Not only does the restoration need replacing, but as a student dentist, I aim to preserve the existing tooth structure, and restore it back to optimal functionality. Read on to see how…

Dentistry in the military

Seven years ago, I listened to a man, successful by anyone’s standard, detail 10 significant events that defined his life. As he reflected on his long life, I was just looking forward to mine. Events like getting married, having children and getting an education topped his list. But there was the one thing I wasn’t planning on that struck me the most: military service. Having grown up as an Air Force brat, I knew that a military career wasn’t for me. Read why Josh changed his mind…

Choosing dentistry as a second career

For many new college students, choosing a career and laying the foundation to achieve that career was determined in high school. For some, changing your career path to another is actually quite common. However, what is one supposed to do when that decision is made well after college and having been out in the workforce? I was one of the latter, what many call a “career-changer.” Read more about Philip’s journey to dentistry…