It seems like once a week my inbox contains another deal for local dental services. While I know none of us are eager for 50% off whitening sessions or a free consultation, the constant barrage of dental marketing via companies like Groupon and Living Social has led me to wonder about their frequency. In case you’re totally out of the loop – such offers usually involve purchasing a coupon at steeply discounted rates to be redeemed for future services. What reasons draw local dentists into using such media – and what might the repercussions be? In digging deeper, I discovered (more…)
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I spent this past summer as an intern at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research under the expert guidance of Dr. Bruce J. Baum, Chief of the Gene Transfer Section, Molecular Physiology and Therapeutics Branch. In addition to his groundbreaking research studies and ongoing clinical trial, Dr. Baum is actively engaged in dental education and has served on numerous panels reviewing dental schools in the US and abroad. When he asked about my level of satisfaction with my own dental curriculum thus far, I had few complaints, noting that it had been (more…)
Chelsea McGarry from the University of Connecticut’s paper, The Daily Campus, reporting about Conn ASDA’s recent fundraising for the Give Back a Smile program:
Saturday, Oct. 15, 45 UConn dental students from the School of Dental Medicine ran in the Hartford Marathon to raise money for the American Academy of Cosmetic Charitable Dentistry Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile program.
Give Back a Smile program began May 27, 1999, and the organization restores the broken smiles of victims of those who suffered from abuse by their intimate partner or spouse. Each dollar donated is worth approximately 16 times its amount because (more…)
New for the 2012 ADEA PASS application cycle, dental students applying to residency programs will have to complete the ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI). The PPI is “a web-based evaluation system designed to provide a more complete picture of an applicant’s potential for success in an advanced dental education program – beyond grades, test scores, and recommendation letters.” The applicant can chose up to five evaluators (professors, employers, mentors, etc…) to fill out a series of six person dimensions including knowledge and creativity, communication skills, teamwork, resilience, planning and organization, and ethics and integrity. This is not supposed to replace the traditional recommendation letter requirement, but act as a supplement in part due to the recent switch making the NBDE a pass/fail grading scale. The new PPI system also (more…)
Know the roles of active in ingredients so you can make the best
recommendations for your patients!
Most people never buy floss and the majority of patients only change their toothbrush when they get a new one from their dentist at 6 month recalls; however almost everyone in this country purchases toothpaste. The ADA has six accepted benefits of toothpaste. These are protection against 1) caries, 2) gingivitis, 3) plaque, 4) sensitivity, 5) stain, and 6) malodor. One of the top questions you will be asked by your patients is “what toothpaste do you recommend?” You should be ready to answer this confidently and tailor your recommendations to your patients’ individual oral needs. Below is a guide to (more…)