3 Tips for Graduated Dental Students Looking for Their First Job

9545009-happy-female-graduate-with-arms-up--isolated-over-whiteAre you a newly graduated dental student?  If so, you’ve worked really hard to become a doctor and now you need a job! In an article from Rolling Oaks Dental, you can find some great tips on what to do next.  The number thing is to find a recruiter. There are recruiting agencies that help dental offices find dentists, and you don’t have to pay a penny! If you can be in touch with them, you have you’re first step to finding a job as a dentist.

Check out some other great tips for new grads in the article here:3 Tips for New Grads Looking for Their First Opportunity in Dentistry – Rolling Oaks Dental.

A Little Tooth Tutorial

An article by Connie Brichford talks about how important our teeth are and helps us understand a bit more about them. The article covers the development of teeth, 4 parts of a tooth (enamel, dentin, cementum pulp), and the “types” of teeth we have and what they do (incisors, canines, premolars, molars, and third molars). This is a great article if you’ve ever wondered what exactly some of the purposes of certain teeth in your mouth.

Click the link to read the article, “The Four Types of Teeth and How They Function.” 

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Are You Brushing Correctly?

toothbrush blue pasteIn a previous article, Toothbrushes and Toothpastes and Mouthwash… Oh My! A Guide to Dental Care Products, we mentioned that no matter how worthy or expensive of a toothbrush (or toothpaste) you buy, it’s not going to do you much good if you don’t brush properly. To get the most out of your at-home preventative dental care, it’s important that you know and implement a correct and effective brushing technique. This article can help you do exactly that!

The biggest mistake people make when brushing is thinking that swishing their toothbrush around for a mere 45-seconds is good enough. Your mouth may feel cleaner after doing so, but you’re barely putting up a fight, more or less actually preventing plaque and cavities by doing this. Another common mistake is not paying attention to what areas have been cleaned and what ones have barely been skimmed. A study done by Consumer Reports showed that the majority of participants poorly or completely skip brushing their molars in the back of the mouth and the inner surface of the teeth towards the tongue. And according to a follow-up survey conducted by dentists, this is believed to be true for a majority of our population as well.

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According to the American Dental Association, you should brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes. Try finding a song that is approximately 2 minutes long or watch some TV while brushing, so that you don’t cut the time short or get bored. You can also split your mouth into quadrants and spend at least 30 seconds on each section; that way you’re making sure to get all areas thoroughly and brushing for long enough. Position the brush at a 45-degree angle pointed toward the gum line so that one row of the bristle tips can slip slightly under the gums. As mentioned in Toothbrushes and Toothpastes and Mouthwash… Oh My!, use a brush with soft, nylon bristles or even ultrasoft, if you have sensitive gums. Don’t brush too hard as it can cause gum irritation and possibly abrasion. You don’t need much pressure to remove plaque. Move the brush in either a soft circular motion or gently back and forth in short strokes as to mimic a vibrating motion; or try a combination of both to remove plaque and bacteria. Make sure not to miss chewing surfaces of your teeth as well, food particles often get stuck in the crevices of our molars. Brushing your tongue can help remove bacteria and freshen breath, so be sure to get that too.

If you absolutely must skip a brushing session, don’t freak out. It’s okay (if you are brushing correctly, that is). Plaque can take up to 24 hours to form, just don’t make it a habit!

BONUS: Flossing fundamentals!

Flossing is just as important as brushing and should be used hand in hand since it can remove food, plaque and bacteria that a toothbrush can’t reach. When flossing, break off approximately 18 inches of floss. Wind a majority of the floss around a finger or two on one hand, and the remaining on the corresponding finger(s) on the other hand, creating a secure grip. Carefully move the thread between two teeth using a gentle sawing motion up to your gum line; then softly move the floss just slightly under the gums. Next, curve the thread into a “C” semi-around the tooth and sweep it up and down against the side of the tooth. And repeat! As you move to a new tooth, unwind clean floss from your first hand and wrap the used thread to your other hand (and make sure to wash your hands when finished!). You should either brush after or swish with a mouthwash, mouth rinse or water when finished to remove any plaque or particles that were loosened but not discarded while flossing.

Eating Disorders and Your Dental Health

For some, eating disorders are unfortunately a part of every day life. These abnormal eating habits often involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and psychological health. Just like a nutritional, balanced diet influences our overall health, a lack thereof can negatively influence it and in turn, create multiple oral and general health problems.

Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia), Bulimia Nervosa (bulimia) and compulsive over-eating can create an array of dental and periodontal ailments. The most common of these being: tooth enamel erosion, tooth decay and soft tissue damage. Click the link below to learn additional dental issues associated with eating disorders.

Eating disorders are serious threats, not only one’s dental health but more importantly, their life. If you or anyone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, please seek help.

You can read more about the individual eating disorders and how they affect oral health here.