A smile is the gesture we use to express happiness, and it assists us in being confident both personally and professionally. Cosmetic dentistry is the area of our profession primarily driven by smile enhancement and, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), is “aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.”
The Entertainment Software Association estimated in 2018 that over 166 million adults in the United States play video games. The popularity of gaming is so vast that eSports, competitive, organized video gaming, reached $906 million in revenue worldwide in 2018, according to a global market report by Newzoo.
The August issue of Contour magazine focused on veterinary dentistry, the impact animals can have on our lives and the importance of oral health in all animals — big and small. Before this month, I had never heard of equine dentistry — the practice of dentistry in horses — but the field is vast and quickly growing.
Each year, ASDA publishes nearly 300 articles in Contour magazine and the Mouthing Off blog combined — planned, written and edited by dental students. Each piece of student-written content can be considered for a Gold Crown Award in the media category, which honors excellence in chapter publications, social media and websites, and outstanding contributions to ASDA national publications.
Engage, ASDA’s advocacy action alert system, keeps members informed about key issues affecting dentistry and allows ASDA members to advocate for the profession by voicing their position to their legislators. ASDA Speaker of the House Ryan Twaddle says, “When our days are packed with studying, exams and clinic, [it’s easy] to think the end goal is graduation. However, lawmakers are continuously creating policies that you must follow after graduation.”
Wheat, barley and rye are my arch nemeses. Since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2014, I look for these common food ingredients in everything I eat. Every single meal. Every single day. Luckily, I am not alone. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder estimated to affect one in 141 people in the United States, according to the October 2012 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology, and most people don’t know they have it.
“I think I’m just going to tie my tooth to a string and slam the door,” said one of my first patients, a kind and hilarious 83-year-old woman. We got an oral surgery consultation that cleared her extraction after considering her multiple comorbidities, and it was then I realized the unique challenges geriatric patients face in obtaining dental care.