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  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    The Impact of Dental Mission Trips Home and Abroad

    Posted by Emma Guzman

    By Emma Guzman, DDS I have always had a passion for going overseas and providing dental services to those in need. During my undergraduate... Read more...

    Oct 02 3 0
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    Third Year Thirteen: 13 Tips for Thriving in Your Third Year

    Posted by Karen Ben-Elazar

    13 Tips for Thriving in Your Third Year   It's been said that the first two years of dental school are about learning how... Read more...

    Sep 14 19 0
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    The Benefits of Being a Dental School Commuter

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    As a student of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, I am offered living accommodations a mere 100 yards from the front door of the dental school. Read more...

    May 21 16 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Innovation and the Internet

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    We want to be creative as individuals and dental professionals. We want our organizations to be innovative. We want to see breakthroughs in... Read more...

    May 08 4 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Schedule Change for Hydrocodone Drugs

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    Vicodin, one of the most popular and routinely prescribed analgesic drugs in dentistry, has become a little tougher to acquire. In a recent... Read more...

    May 08 7 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Summer Dental Volunteering

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    The last blog post that I wrote was about the ethics of dental volunteering. At the time, I may have been on the side that says that most of... Read more...

    May 08 7 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Recommending Products to Patients

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    Over the past year in clinic, there have been several instances when I was asked by patients which toothpaste, toothbrush, or dental gizmo... Read more...

    May 08 5 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Lighting the Fire for Future Dentists

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

        I am proud to be a future dentist. I love the field that I have chosen, and cannot wait to work... Read more...

    May 08 12 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Navigating Dental School With A Family: Part 1

    Posted by David Hatch

    Apr 25 33 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Preparing for The NBDE Part 1 Exam

    Posted by Michael Petrides

    There are excessive amounts of NBDE Part 1 review materials available to students. The most common materials are online review courses,... Read more...

    Apr 18 52 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Dental Specialties

    Posted by Nicole Antol

    Recently at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, we had a panel of guest speakers come to talk to us about the different... Read more...

    Apr 02 12 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Reflection on the First Two Years of Dental School

    Posted by Nicole Antol

    Last week we had our white coat fitting for our upcoming ceremony in June. As I stood in line with my classmates preparing to try on my coat... Read more...

    Apr 02 22 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    It Takes More Than Studying: Volunteering as a Dental Student

    Posted by Matthew Mannella

              The role of the dentist is often misinterpreted. Most people believe that the... Read more...

    Mar 26 12 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Happy Employees = A Successful Practice

    Posted by Natalie Cantral

        I’m sure everyone has heard the saying, “Happy wife, happy life.” The same sort of saying could be... Read more...

    Mar 25 7 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Special Smiles

    Posted by Karen Ben-Elazar

    Throughout my childhood, I had always heard so much about the Special Olympics program, which allows athletes of all ages with special needs to... Read more...

    Mar 23 14 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Treating Cracked Teeth

    Posted by Justine Bednarski

    As a third year in dental school, one of the most difficult tasks in clinic is gauging the longevity of certain teeth. This past week in our... Read more...

    Mar 23 10 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Social Media Sensation: Activated Charcoal

    Posted by Emma Guzman

    The newest buzz in social media regarding dental care has been the use of activated charcoal for tooth whitening. Initially, I deemed it... Read more...

    Mar 22 20 3
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Hypertension and the Dental Patient

    Posted by Yinet Garcia de Castro

        Hypertension is one of the most common diseases encountered in a dental practice. Nowadays... Read more...

    Mar 20 9 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Licensing in a Nutshell

    Posted by Giuliana DiPiazza

    There are several ways dentists can become licensed in the United States depending on where they want to practice. The different pathways to... Read more...

    Mar 20 5 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Presenting a Treatment Plan(1)

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    Switching over from simulation clinic to clinic has been a whirlwind of change. I was quick to learn that I could not use my patient’s head... Read more...

    Mar 07 10 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Presenting a Treatment Plan

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    Switching over from simulation clinic to clinic has been a whirlwind of change. I was quick to learn that I could not use my patient’s head... Read more...

    Mar 07 6 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    There’s No “Right” Answer to Interview Questions

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    I asked the students I was interviewing for the class of 2021, “Why do you want to go into dentistry?” Being on the other side of... Read more...

    Mar 07 9 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Traveling on a Dental Student Budget

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    You only get to experience your 20's once in your life -- a time of learning and exploration. As many of you know, I moved to Columbus on... Read more...

    Mar 02 12 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    My First Extraction

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

        Last week, my patient presented to dental clinic for the extraction of tooth #12. As this was my first... Read more...

    Feb 26 29 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Junctional Epithelium

    Posted by THE NEXTDDS

    The junctional epithelium surrounds the tooth. It is composed of stratified squamous non-keratinized epithelium. It is attached on one surface... Read more...

    Feb 26 17 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    How to Build a Strong CV

    Posted by Megan Golia

    It’s hard to put your entire life’s accomplishments and activities on one piece of paper. At first, building your curriculum vita (CV) may... Read more...

    Feb 19 20 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    The Dental Home

    Posted by Karen Ben-Elazar

    In 2006, the Council on Clinical Affairs coined the term “dental home” to describe the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the... Read more...

    Feb 16 12 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    How Dental School Curricula is Misunderstood in the Health Profession

    Posted by Raven Grant

    As aspiring dentists, we’re taught to observe and recognize patterns, both in and out of the classroom, lab, and operatory. I’d like to take... Read more...

    Feb 09 33 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Learning a New Skill as a Dental Student

    Posted by Matthew Mannella

    Growing up, parents and mentors always chirped in my ear—the best time to learn something new is now. Looking back on it, I wish I had listened. Read more...

    Feb 01 79 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Service in Dental School

    Posted by Jamie Molina

         During dental school, our experience is shaped by a multitude of areas – didactic work, clinical... Read more...

    Jan 31 18 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Board Studying Strategies

    Posted by Andrew Bertagna

    Part 1 of the National Board of the Dental Examiner is an eight-hour examination consisting of 400 questions probing across a broad range of... Read more...

    Jan 26 33 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Keeping an Open Mind During Externships

    Posted by Katie Hunt

             Dental school is similar to a really good movie, in my opinion.... Read more...

    Jan 24 10 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Transitioning: A New Lifestyle

    Posted by Natalie Cantral

     You study every waking minute for the DAT, you write draft after draft of your personal statement, and you proofread your application... Read more...

    Jan 22 6 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    A Personal Story of Dealing with Grief During Dental School

    Posted by Nancy Lyn Wilson

    This blog post has been really hard for me to compose.  Grief is an incredibly individualized and personal experience, so I don’t claim... Read more...

    Jan 18 9 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    To Restore or To Remineralize? The Gray Area of Operative Dentistry

    Posted by Monique Belin

    As everyone knows, if you ask three different dentists for their opinion on how to treatment plan a patient you will get three different answers! Read more...

    Jan 05 10 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Healthcare and the Role of Funding Basic Science Research

    Posted by Sruthi Satishchandran

    If you had a million dollars, what would you invest in: developing an affordable treatment for diabetes, or conducting research on how... Read more...

    Jan 04 7 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Preparing for the NBDE I

    Posted by Nicole Antol

    Well…I just finished taking the NBDE I just two weeks ago. The exam was certaintly difficult but mostly I am just feeling relieved to be done... Read more...

    Jan 03 22 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Inside a Dental Student’s Backpack

    Posted by Emily Yang

    Students today have so much equipment at their disposal. From school textbooks and notepads to clinical wear and tools, our backpacks are... Read more...

    Dec 27 13 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Dental Students and Life Partners: The Jacksons

    Posted by Clayton Jackson

    For most couples, the first year of marriage is described as tough and challenging. The majority of couples who “survive” their first... Read more...

    Dec 15 17 1
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    The Transition to Becoming an Upperclassman

    Posted by Justine Bednarski

    Looking back at when I was a D1, all I ever hoped and strived for was the day I would start clinic. That day for me occurred a few months ago,... Read more...

    Dec 14 22 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Management of patient’s with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Posted by Emma Guzman

    Autism is a group of complex disorders of brain development, which is characterized by social interaction difficulties, repetitive behaviors... Read more...

    Dec 11 10 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Financial Literacy

    Posted by Harjot Sangha

    Pursuing a degree in higher education comes with many costs, namely a financial cost. It is inevitable that through this journey we will... Read more...

    Dec 08 15 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Smoking and Periodontal Disease

    Posted by Yinet Garcia de Castro

    In a dental practice, a dentist will see several smokers on a regular basis. Although smoking causes 1 in 5 deaths in the United States every... Read more...

    Dec 07 11 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Green Giants - My D1 Experience

    Posted by Karen Ben-Elazar

    Amidst the shuffle of exams, papers, and challenges that come paired with the joys of completing an undergraduate degree, pre-dental students... Read more...

    Oct 06 14 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Big and Little Extracurriculars

    Posted by Karen Ben-Elazar

    The week after orientation, bright posters stood tall upon tables encircling the common area of the Health Professions Division building of my... Read more...

    Sep 30 25 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Students Should Budget Too

    Posted by Katie Hunt

    Student debt is at an all time high, which includes dental students.   The average dental student graduates with $250,000... Read more...

    Aug 10 17 0
  • Financial Wellness

    4 Things You Should Never Text or Email

    Posted by Adam Levin

    Most of us in our “instant gratification isn’t enough” society assume that the potential fallout from transmitting sensitive information... Read more...

    Aug 05 25 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Back to Basics

    Posted by Yale Cho

    I recently began a 6-week clinical rotation at Salud clinic in Longmont, Colorado. On my first day, after I performed my clinical examination,... Read more...

    Jul 20 67 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Finding A Mentor: Why Is It Important?

    Posted by Katie Hunt

      Throughout dental school, there is a multiplicity of course and clinical requirements that students must complete in order to... Read more...

    Jul 08 35 0
  • THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassador Blogs

    Discussing Restorative Materials With Patients

    Posted by Melissa Marino

    When presenting a treatment plan to a patient, we have to explain all available options, including why specific restorative materials are... Read more...

    Jul 05 21 0