The Best Blogs of Mouthing Off: Just for fun

Best-of-weekThey just keep getting better! Blogging is fun. In fact, we have chosen our top three blogs that were written just for fun. Of course, we always like to have fun when we write, but you may notice that these posts are particularly quirky, yet all very informational! This is my favorite type of posts because it allows authors to be creative with their topic idea and style of writing. This category is great for learning about miscellaneous dental facts and nearly any audience can find several posts that they can understand and benefit from reading. If you have any interesting ideas for a “Just for fun” blog post, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

The Best Blogs of Mouthing Off: Career advice

Best-of-weekHappy Tuesday, and day two of the Best Blogs of Mouthing Off. Today we feature a couple of writers who we are especially thankful for. These blogs feature career advice and include everything from getting into a residency to transitioning to private practice. These are all the tips I wish they taught us in dental school! Check out three of our favorites here. Thank you to everyone who has offered there two cents of career advice and who have written for us in the 2014 year. Enjoy!

What holiday cinema has taught me about the season


Spring can keep its flowers and its insects. Summer can keep its sweaty tank-tops and severe thunderstorms. Halloween can keep its blustery winds and candy-munching ghouls.

All I need is Christmas.

In this time of merriment and mistletoe and mocha lattes, I’d like to turn to film for a lesson on what the season is really all about.

A day in the life of a Nigerian dental student

The dental degree in Nigeria is a bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) degree. It’s a 6-year program that doesn’t require an undergraduate degree. A school year starts in January and ends in December with only one break during Christmas. During the first four years, basic medical science subjects are taught. We attend lectures with our medical school colleagues during our second through fourth years. Anatomy (where we dissect cadavers), biochemistry, physiology pathology, hematology, microbiology, oral biology, pharmacology and epidemiology are some of the classes that we take.

In the second part of the fourth year we have a junior operative technique course, which involves an introduction to prosthetic and conservative dentistry. We have to make a complete denture and prepare Class I and II cavity preps. For a class of 49 pupils there are only five working phantom heads available for practice of cavity preparation and one slow hand piece shared between five students. Read more to see how I faced a day in dental school…

A tooth collection program that you’ll want to implement at your own chapter

tooth-collectionDental students are required to collect extracted teeth throughout our four-year program. These teeth are used in classes such as operative, endodontics, and even our licensure exam for Texas – the WREB. In fact, collecting teeth is one of the first tasks assigned to us once we are accepted to dental school. Many students are able to collect several teeth, while others struggle to gather any. To make matters even more challenging, many of our assignments require the infamous “ideal” teeth that should be a variety from all over the mouth. Read on for Andrew’s solution to this dilemma…

Student researches a transgene mutation in mice that causes cleft palate deformities

During college I began working in dental research as a lab assistant for Dr. Eric Everett at the UNC School of Dentistry. I quickly realized that I wanted to continue being a part of the process of discovery associated with research. During this time in college, I was also involved in planning the “Cleft Palate Gallop 5K,” a race held every year to raise funds for the UNC Craniofacial Center. Working with the Craniofacial Center and witnessing the extensive treatment that must be performed for cleft palate patients inspired me to begin research in this field. Prior to beginning dental school, I initiated a project in the Everett Lab that involved examining a gene mutation which manifests in cleft palate and other craniofacial and skeletal abnormalities…

Breaking the culture of dental disease

smileA smile matters a lot, perhaps more than you think. In a recent TEDx talk, Dr. Steven Lin, reports that “smiling has been shown to decrease blood pressure, boost your immune system, and release mood-lifting endorphins.” Thus, when someone is unable to smile, due to either dental disease or tooth loss, their self-esteem and overall well-being are negatively affected. Why then does society often separate oral health from general health? After all, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Dr. Lin proposes that by changing the way we think and talk about oral health, we can break society’s culture of dental disease.