News + Issues

A winter classic tradition at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

In an effort to raise money for the Sean Hanna Foundation, the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) hockey team, the Bitewings, took on the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) Medwings in a charity hockey game at the Prudential Center AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, on February 21, 2014…

ASDA News

All cats issue of ASDA News this month

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 12.15.55 PMASDA’s Editorial Board tries to plan content around what our members care about most. It’s recently come to our attention that cats are a hot topic in student dentistry. Whether it’s their oral hygiene or their fuzzy little noses, cats are wildly popular. Finally, the wait is over! The all cats issue of ASDA news* is coming out this month. You’ll read articles about how to prevent kitty caries, dental cat therapy and advice on investing in a feline friend while attending dental school. Click here to get a sneak peek of this issue!

Advocacy

Advocating with ASDA: To National Dental Student Lobby Day and beyond!

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 8.37.02 AMApril 7-8th, 2014 marks the dates on which delegations of dental students will converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of our organization’s 20,000 members as a part of ASDA’s National Dental Student Lobby Day. This two-day legislative event provides dental students with an amazing opportunity to meet face-to-face with our federal legislators tasked with the power to make decisions on our Country’s behalf…

News + Issues

Practicing dental extractions for the first time

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 1.58.39 PMAn extraction is a procedure that some dentists may completely avoid and others may entirely prefer to do in house. Whatever the case may be, the exposure and experience practicing prior to facing real cases is invaluable.

Two weeks ago, we were given the chance to practice extractions on pig jaws and learned to suture on pig feet. This sounds morbid and alarming to some but very few programs can provide such an incredible opportunity.

As we entered lab like any other day that morning we kept the procedure in our mind as it was projected on individual screens at each desk. We were taught that a good extraction follows five primary steps. All extractions may not require all five steps but it is important to consider them when making an educated clinical plan. Read on for the five steps.

News + Issues

Receiving complete dentures at age 26

young with denturesKristi is not your typical “denture patient.” As a stay-at-home mother of four in Jacksonville, Florida, Kristi received her first set of upper and lower complete dentures at the young age of 26. Her story is unusual, not just because of her age, but that throughout her entire journey of full mouth extractions, placement of immediate dentures, and now with her new implants, Kristi has chronicled all of her struggles, accomplishments, and numerous dental visits on her blog and Youtube channel. Her videos and posts have provided a voice and string of hope for current and future denture-wearers.

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“Hearing” the deaf at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy

ASDOH ASDA at AZMOMSure life is random, but in its chaos, it has often shown me that it is prepping us for something else. Such a building block was revealed to me when I volunteered at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy (AzMOM).

This past December, ASDOH ASDA volunteered at AzMOM, Arizona’s largest dental charity event. Although I was registered to volunteer as an x-ray technician, fate had another plan. And, the reality of what it really means to be underserved made itself ever more present to me. Read on to learn more about Mykel’s experience.