Survival Tips For Dental School

survival tips for dental schoolYou made it to dental school!  Congratulations! You’ve worked very hard to get to this point and will need to continue to work hard to earn your degree. It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it.  Here are some survival tips for dental school to help you get through that first year and more.

Time management – This is one of the most important lessons and it is a crucial to stay on top of your studies while still maintaining your personal life.

Organization – Being organized is a huge component of success. Plan ahead and always be aware of your schedule.  Keep a calendar to mark down important dates such as exams and quizzes.

Set time aside for yourself – While you will be busy, it is important to set aside time for yourself so you don’t burn out. Set one evening a week to enjoy time with friends or other activities to help you recharge.

Study effectively – Change up the way you study based on the class and its material.  Take notes, draw pictures, make charts. Cater toward your personal learning style.

Always be professional – You never know how important the connections you make now will become later in your career, so always act professionally.

Keep your body healthy and fit – Get a good night’s sleep.  Eat healthy foods, and make sure you eat!  You will be busy, but it is important to keep your body healthy.

Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your peers, professors, or school administration if you need it. Everyone is there to help you!

Get involved – Enhance your leadership and teamwork capabilities, by getting involved in extracurricular activities. For example, get involved in ASDA to help you get your foot in the door.

Follow these tips and make the best of your dental school years!

8 Tips On Surviving Your First Year Of Dental School|ASDA Blog

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Sleep Apnea Is Bad For Your Health

sleep apneaGetting a poor nights sleep here and there can leave you feeling tired and grumpy, but long term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health problems. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, around 25 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea. Many people don’t even realize that they have it.

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes you to snore loudly and actually stop breathing up to a hundred times a night for even more than a minute. The most common treatment is a CPAP machine, which provides airway pressure while sleeping.  An alternative treatment is a custom fit oral appliance provided by a dentist. Treating this condition can lead to better rest and ease your risk of developing serious health complications such as: High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Depression, Diabetes, and Stroke.

If you suspect that you, or someone you love, may have sleep apnea, be sure to talk to your doctor or dentist.  It may just save your life.

Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health|Sequoyah Times

6 Mistakes When Brushing Your Teeth

mistakes when brushingYou know how important it is to brush your teeth. You have most likely heard that poor dental care is linked to heart disease and many other health issues. If you brush your teeth regularly, good for you.  But chances are, you are probably making at least one of these 6 mistakes when brushing your teeth.

You aren’t brushing at the right time of day – Your toothbrush should be the last thing your teeth touch at night.  This is according to Edmond R. Hewlett, DDS. Snacking before bedtime raises your risk of cavities because food can stay lodged between your teeth. Brushing in the morning is just as important.  Bacteria multiples while you sleep, so you need to brush it away.  Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes.

You use the wrong toothbrush – You should use a soft bristle toothbrush because it can slip under your gum tissue to dislodge plaque. If you don’t remove all the plaque, you are at risk of gum disease. Using a medium or hard bristle brush causes excessive pressure and can cause your gums to recede.

You don’t rinse – Just spitting out your toothpaste after brushing doesn’t remove all the harmful stuff that you got loose while brushing. You should use an alcohol free mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide.

You don’t use the correct technique – Just brushing straight up and down won’t get the job done.  You should position the handle of the brush so the bristles are at a 45 degree angle when touching the gums. Then rotate your wrist in a circular motion to remove the plaque. Turn your brush vertically when you move behind your front teeth and pay special attention to the back of your mouth.

You don’t replace your toothbrush – The ADA recommends buying a new brush every three or four months.  This way the brush is more effective as the bristles aren’t run down.  If you have been sick, you should get a new brush right away.

You ignore the rest of your mouth – Don’t just brush your teeth.  You should brush your tongue as well.  It can trap harmful bacteria and cause trouble for your mouth.

6 Mistakes You Make Every Time You Brush Your Teeth|Prevention

Flossing Health Claims Not Proven

do i need to floss everydayYou’ve probably heard a lot of hype in the news lately about flossing.  Certain claims say that flossing is not as important as once thought. In fact, a leading British dentist said there is only “weak evidence” that flossing prevents gum disease and cavities. He added that “more sophisticated trials” are needed.

An Associated Press research study said that evidence in leading journals was weak and unreliable. If you ask your dentist though, he/she will most likely tell you that flossing is still very important.  Some people may not have large enough spaces between their teeth to use an inter-dental brush so flossing is a good alternative.

Read more about flossing claims and studies in the Salisbury Journal.