Future dentists head to Boston for ASDA’s Annual Session in February

GCA 2014

As you may already know, this blog is run by the American Student Dental Association. A little history lesson: ASDA is the largest student-run organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights, interests and welfare of dental students like you. Currently, there are 20,000+ dental student members and 1,800+ predental members. Each year, ASDA holds a national meeting called Annual Session. 2015 will mark ASDA’s 45th Annual Session!

If you are interested in networking with other future dentists, learning about professional issues and getting involved in organized dentistry, sign up to attend ASDA’s Annual Session at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Feb. 18-21, 2015.

Science + Tech

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…

News + Issues

Emerging trends in dentistry: odontogenesis

Stem CellsAdvancements in the dental field have surpassed many expectations and include CAD/CAM, dental implants, all porcelain crowns, and many more and have allowed patients to have more options during the treatment planning phase. Some of these procedures are time-saving and decrease the amount of invasive treatment such as an implant to the adjacent tooth structure. The next big advancements deal with the potential to regrow a tooth using mesenchymal cells. If this technique proves successful with predictable outcomes, then it has the potential to revolutionize the face of dentistry.

News + Issues

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.

Student Spotlight

Dental student receives award to do research at NIH/NIDCR

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 1.04.04 PM Like many dental students, I studied biology in college and did research and worked in a lab. Once dental school starts though, getting involved in an entirely new arena of research can be daunting and can stop students from doing it. Despite that, I still wanted to be involved. I believe that research is the foundation of all disciplines. Our field has been able to advance thanks to new innovations inspired by dentists, and dental scientists who dared to ask questions and pursued the answers. I wanted to be apart of that.

Science + Tech

Occlusal topography made simple with a stamp

IMG_1622Dentistry has high standards of quality and efficiency. Being efficient and effective is important to having a successful and we’ll run business. The way we fill preps is determined by scientific evidence that says how much material to add, where, when and how- all concerned with providing the strongest yet most flexible and long lasting composite filling. Many schools of thought teach the layering method. Adding composite in increments, one side and the other. They teach their students to study and memorize occlusal anatomy- the cusps, slopes, margins, grooves, pits and ridges. However, other theories on filling composite preps require less finicking with your plastic instrument, and possibly more accurate topography.


Personal finance in the digital age

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 4.52.29 PMWatch the video in this post from Ryan Schulte, a partner in financial advising from Envision Wealth Group. Ryan has been working with dental students and dentists for many years. He says one of the biggest things people are noticing across the country is the mess being made from lack of personal financing. Budgeting is important! The digital age makes it too convenient to venmo your friends, set “auto-reload” to your Starbucks account app, or buy pretty much anything by synching your credit card with the Target app. On average, people are only saving 3-4% of their income. We should be aiming for around 15-20% in savings. Shocking, but with hard work and dedication, you’ll be happy you did!