Help ASDA reduce barriers to care

84469760(1)This past April, ASDA members from across the U.S. came together in Washington, D.C. to advocate for improving access to care. ASDA joined with the ADA and a host of other dental organizations to urge our legislators to support The Coordination of Pro Bono Medically Recommended Dental Care Act (S. 466/H.R. 963). These bipartisan bills create a grant program to help meet the medically recommended dental needs of low-income individuals. Specifically, the program would give $2 million to fund health navigators to match patients with needs and dentists willing to perform the treatment at no cost to the patient.

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Pulling back the curtain on oil pulling

coconut oilThe topic of oil pulling usually sparks the same types of responses:

“Oil what?”

“Twenty minutes?”

What type of oil?”

Yes, oil pulling. The act of oil pulling involves the user placing a teaspoon to a tablespoon of their choice of oil in their mouth and gently swishing it around for 20 minutes. The term “pulling” is referring to the medicinal action of the oil “pulling” out toxins and bacteria from the user’s blood stream. Keep reading to learn more about this health craze!

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Dogs and dentistry: the importance of your pet’s oral health

Across this great nation, we dental students are learning all about the oral health issues that we will encounter in our patients during our professional career. From calculus buildup and caries to generalized aggressive periodontitis and apical abscesses, the ailments that one can face are near limitless. Did you ever think that these same issues could occur in your pet?

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National residency matching program: a Nobel Prize winning idea

shapley and rothIf you’re wondering how several of our future dental specialists and physicians are placed into their residency, then you will be pleased to know that the backbone of this process is a Nobel Prize winning theory. In 2012, Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley were awarded the Nobel Prize in economic sciences for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. Here’s a little background on the his idea…

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Why rural dentistry is important to me

rural area thailandI grew up in a small rural village in Thailand with less than 500 people. The village was located approximately 2-3 hours from the city. Growing up, I was under the impression that dentists only pull and straighten teeth. I had no idea that they do more than just extractions and orthodontic treatments. For 13 years, I had only seen a dentist once for an extraction. The only reason I even visited the dentist was because my parents and brother had a difficult time pulling one of my teeth.


ASDA remembers Past President Jiwon Lee

polaroid-Jiwons-ECLast week, the American Student Dental Association learned of the passing of Immediate Past President Jiwon Lee. A beloved daughter, sister, friend and esteemed colleague, Lee was 29 years old. She was a fourth year dental student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Jiwon served ASDA as president for the 2013-14 year and as speaker of the House the previous year. She was a vibrant and inspiring leader who will be remembered fondly by many. Her memorial service is today at Columbia University. For details, click here.

ASDA wanted to remember Jiwon and her leadership within our organization. Some of the people she worked most closely with in ASDA have written a few memories here.