From bean to brew: Get to know your morning coffee

Coffee is a universal language, whether it’s a caramel macchiato with almond milk and whip or a tiny espresso shot more relatable to tar. There is care and precision that goes into transforming a humble plant into a delicious beverage. It may greet us every morning before anyone else, but do we really know anything about it? Let’s take a look at the behind-the-scenes world of our morning — and sometimes late-night — best friend.

Easy recipes for the on-the-go dental student

If there’s one thing a dental student can never have too many of, it’s easy, nutritious recipes that are quick to make. Muffins are a perfect breakfast for those early school mornings and up the nutrients with the addition of oat flour and fruit. Burrito bowls are great for weeknight dinners because they’re fast, fresh and can save a lot of money instead of going to your favorite chain. Below are two of my favorites for simple, on-the-go meals and snacks.

Clinic shoes as fashion statements

Public service announcement: Justine Bednarski is a closeted shopaholic (pun intended). Aside from not owning enough hangers for the surplus of tops I have somehow accumulated, my kryptonite lies in the hands of the shoe gods. Although trendy, my riding boots and strappy wedges weren’t quite the style of shoe appropriate for the pre-clinical and clinical settings of dental school.

I’m not a dentist, but I play one on TV

Dentists have long been demonized in Hollywood. With our wickedly sharp instruments and penchant for causing bleeding (perio probing is important, okay??), it’s not hard to understand why. We’re not always portrayed as malicious sadists, however. I still get a laugh from movie dentists who are hopelessly friendly and naïve. Below are some of the most famous (and most entertaining) TV and movie dentists currently shaping patient opinions.