Here’s some not-so-sweet news: Americans are consuming too much sugar. The American Heart Association reports that U.S. adults consume an average of 77 grams of sugar per day, which is more than three times the recommended amount.
Meet Blake Ross — a current D3 at the Dental College of Georgia, a former student athlete and the owner of two food trucks, Rita’s Italian Ice and Luna Pizza Co. Ross was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, and he played on the baseball team for four years at the College of Charleston, graduating with a degree in business administration in 2014.
It’s been a privilege to train at one of the two historically Black dental schools in the nation. Every day, I’m learning with, being trained by and serving people who look like me.
The last few months have been unprecedented and extremely demanding in every possible way of all of us. Whether that be due to COVID-19, the conversations on racism or the 2020 election, this year has been difficult, to say the least.
After graduation, your dental school loans will eventually go into repayment. Staying on top of your finances will ensure future success as a practicing dentist. Although debt and finance management are subjects rarely taught in dental school, understanding your debt is the first step to conquering it.
Once we reach our third and fourth year of dental school, many of us turn 26 and face being removed from our parents’ health insurance plans. With the rising cost of health insurance, a significant financial burden is placed on students with few resources easily available to find affordable coverage.
We all volunteered dozens of hours to meet the community service component of the dental school application, and we said we looked forward to making the world a better place after graduation. Yet only 43% of American dentists accept Medicaid or the CHIP platforms designed to serve low-income populations in America.