Debunking dental home-remedy myths

Many are familiar with the adage: “Cheap, fast or good … you can only pick two.” However, a fourth term is creeping into the conversation: natural. From juice cleanses to raw water, many American products are being marketed as chemical-free, untreated or pure. Dentistry, of course, has not been immune to these influences. Two of the most popular trends among patients are charcoal toothpaste and oil pulling. While it is easy to jump to conclusions regarding the safety and efficacy of these techniques, one must consider whether there is science supporting their use.

Getting prepared for ASDA’s House of Delegates

In a few short weeks, ASDA representatives from across the country will meet at Annual Session to strategically plan for the future of the association. ASDA’s House of Delegates will convene to elect our national leaders and discuss timely student issues. It’s OK if you don’t know all of the ways to participate at this meeting. Here are some tips to help guide you.

What do you do after NLC?

This year was my second time attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference (NLC), which was held this past November. Each year, the event gets bigger and better. Now that we’re back to the dental school grind after the conference, it can be easy to return to our routines. But there are a lot of things we learned in Chicago that we can implement now in order to prepare for our careers.

Dental education at a crossroads

Dentists have proven themselves time and time again to be dynamic innovators in the medical field. From Dr. Horace Wells, the pioneer of anesthesia, to Dr. William Rollins, who revolutionized radiation protection, there is a rich history of dentists on the cutting edge. The artisanship inherent in dentistry pushes modernization. All of this is driven by the ideal of comprehensive patient-centered care. However, in a field entrenched in tradition, new technologies can seem disruptive. Often we are slow to integrate them, especially in an educational setting. Though there are countless factors in evolving face of dentistry, one consistent challenge remains.

The upside of the countryside

When you’ve grown up in a town with a population totaling 9,074 people, wanting to become a dentist at the age of 12 might seem a bit far-fetched. What I didn’t realize at the time was how a rural hometown would benefit me in the process of becoming a dentist as well as when I return home to practice after graduation.

The dentists that have become my mentors are a husband and wife team, and they have known my family and me since I was in preschool. They have invested their attention in me for years and shown me the ropes of a dental practice. Since they both grew up in my little hometown, they knew exactly the position I would be in going into school. They also told me how financially beneficial it could be to come back and work in my hometown after graduation.