The importance of neck & back health in dentistry

back painStudents get the ergonomics lecture during the first year of dental school. But when it comes to beginning sim lab to do a crown prep, all that positioning tends to go right out the window. “I’ll work on my positioning once I get the actual dentistry down,” right? Then clinic starts and you will do anything to feel like you can actually see or to avoid indirect vision. Those future neck and back problems can get their start as early as dental school. Here are some exercise tips for countering those PSPs in office or at home.

How your oral health changes everything you thought you knew about snacking

snacking-thumb It’s the first day of school and you’re already late. You quickly shower, change, grab a banana, and rush out the door. After class, you stop for coffee to help get you through the day. Next up is that dreaded orientation seminar during which you’ll be spending most of the time thinking about lunch: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, diet coke, and a bag of chips. Busy with classes and meetings, your first day is over and you finally head home. You relax, catch up with friends, and sit down for dinner. For dessert, you sneak in that slice of chocolate cake that your roommate knew you wouldn’t be able to resist. It’s the end of the night and you do some homework, brush your teeth, and go to bed. Everyone knows that snacking on sugary and processed foods is bad for your waistline. But what about the effects of an unhealthy diet on your oral health?

Stress coping tips that actually work

477011463(1)I’ve been stressed lately and it has been affecting my health. My stress manifests itself as headaches but I’ve worked with enough dental students to know that stress can also show up as depression, anxiety, weight loss or gain and myriad other ailments. Maybe your stress is having a mental impact on your life or maybe you feel rather happy but you’re seeing some physical signs of stress (do hair loss or upset stomach sound familiar?). Read on for some tips on dealing with your stress…