On the afternoon of Nov. 8, I was in fixed prosthodontics class with an almost-debilitating anxious feeling. This was not exactly unfamiliar in this setting, but this time, I had just gotten a call from my doctor saying my hCG levels were through the roof, and we all know what that means. I was pregnant!
I found out I was pregnant within the first two weeks of the spring semester, and I had a zillion questions that rushed through my head. How am I going to get through dental school? Will it affect my grades? How many days will I need to take off? What do I do when I feel sick and nauseous? The anxiety and worry were much greater than my excitement at first. I realized I needed help and a plan for the few months ahead.
Dentists do more than fill and whiten teeth, place implants or do extractions. They are at the forefront of oral health. What they do in terms of prevention and treatment affects systemic health in a multitude of ways. For this reason, knowledge in medicine is a foundation for the practice of dentistry.