Finances

Apps to help you create a budget and stick to it

online-bankingIn honor of National Predental Week, Mouthing Off will feature all predental-focused content this week. You’ll even have a bonus post on Thursday!

A great deal of our financial advice in the past has been geared toward the dental student or young practitioner. As a predental student, you have many years ahead of you to focus on dental specific financial planning. Now is the time to focus on the basics. The two most important parts of becoming financially aware as a predental student relate to understanding your personal budget, using it and choosing a dental school that fits within that budget.

Travel + Leisure

A look at Abraham Lincoln’s oral health

lincolnTwo years ago, award-winning director Steven Spielberg, and cast members Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, spent a few weeks in Richmond, VA filming blockbuster “Lincoln.” During their time here, the city was abuzz with changed traffic patterns, gentlemen in top hats, and rumors of where Spielberg and crew were having dinner. Admittedly, I made several trips by Richmond’s Capitol Square on my way home from school to see if I could catch a glimpse of filming. Since then, I’m interested in all things Lincoln.

Today we celebrate the 205th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth—read on for tales of Lincoln’s oral health.

Advocacy

How to network like a lobbyist

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 4.12.21 PMProfessional lobbyists are paid influencers. Of course, networking is the cornerstone of lobbying. ASDA asked former ADA lobbyist Michael Brzica to speak at National Leadership Conference this past November. In case you missed the meeting, we had Michael distill some of his networking wisdom into four key points. Watch this video to glean networking tips from a professional lobbyist.

News + Issues

It’s a jungle out there [or reflections on clinic]

dental student clinicIt’s 8:30am on an otherwise lovely Tuesday morning in Birmingham, AL. I carefully peak my head around the corner . . . It seems so peaceful. So innocent. The calm before the storm.

For in a mere 30 minutes, what I see before me will transform into something quite terrifying. A black hole where chaos reigns and confidence and tranquility go to die.

Papers will be flying. Students will be running. Patients will be grunting. Ohhh the horror.

News + Issues

Medicaid’s exclusion of patients with special needs

predental week bannerImagine for a minute that you have an adult family member who has a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism, or an intellectual disability (ND/ID). This individual with special needs must see a dentist to alleviate pain or treat oral disease but you cannot afford care and don’t qualify for Medicaid. What do you do now? How long will your loved one have to suffer?

Now come back to reality. You are a dental student who has the ability to learn, provide care and advocate for patients with special needs. Currently, those with an intellectual disability are the most underserved medical and dental population (MUP).