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WVU dental school’s ‘Cupcake Wars’ raises $700

Cupcake WarsFuture new dentists found a creative way to raise money for their local community.

Calling it “Cupcake Wars,” students at West Virginia University School of Dentistry hosted their first cupcake-baking contest July 12 to raise money for the Morgantown, West Virginia community. In all, more than $700 was raised for charity.

“Cupcake wars was a fun and creative way to get students involved in something fun during the summer session and get our class to come together and help for a great cause, said Ms. Kerri Thomas, president of the WVU dental school Class of 2017.

Check out the full story in ADA News.

 

Great Idea for a New Dentist Activity with Sponsors — Fantasy Football

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Having a (fantasy foot)ball in San Antonio

Each year the ADA New Dentist Committee recognizes those who have demonstrated a commitment to new dentists and dental students through their enthusiasm, volunteerism and dedication to the future of the profession.

In 2014 the award for New Dentist Committee Outstanding Program Award of Excellence goes to the San Antonio District Dental Society Committee on the New Dentist.

The group formed a fantasy football league for member dentists who compete for the glory and the right to display a custom trophy in his or her office for the year. Each two-person team in the fantasy league is made up of a practicing dentist or residency student paired with a representative from a corporate sponsor (for whom the teams are named.) This friendly competition provides a unique networking opportunity that is ideal for new dentist participation.

Dr. Larry Dougherty is accepting the award on behalf of the group. Longtime readers of this blog will recognize Dr. Dougherty from his guest posts (here’s another one from Dr. Dougherty).

If you have a success story to tell about your new dentist activity, or if you are a new dentist interested in contributing a guest post, contact ADA New Dentist Now and get started today!

Brush, Floss, Baby!

University of North Georgia student Jonathan Lee Casas makes some important (and catchy) points about good oral health. Here are the ADA’s recommendations:

  • Brush 2 minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Visit your dentist regularly

And with that, remember icky biofilm/now that’s just whack

(H/T to Huffington Post who brought this video to our attention)

 

 

Encourage a fellow dentist to join the ADA and get a $100 gift card!

ADA Member Get a MemberThe American Dental Association is the #1 organization representing all dentists. Most members say they are likely to refer membership to their colleagues — is that true for you?

As an active member, you know first-hand the value your membership provides. ADA Member-Get-A-Member is the ideal opportunity to share this success by encouraging your nonmember colleagues to join.

You will be rewarded with a $100 gift card for each new, active member you recruit (up to five members or $500 in gift cards!) Or you may decline the incentive and ADA will contribute $100 to the ADA Foundation. Please see Campaign Rules for full details.

The ADA Member-Get-A-Member campaign runs through Sep. 30, 2014. Only new member applications received between Jan. 1, 2014 and Sep. 30, 2014 will be eligible.

How Should You Squeeze Toothpaste?

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and, to be honest, we are already focused on the upcoming holiday.

We have been spending a lot of time with this video How to Toothpaste. The video was made by Vi Hart, a self-described “Recreational Mathemusician” and therefore this video is purely aesthetic, rather than clinical in nature. Still, we are of the opinion that this is the finest existential toothpaste video we have ever seen.

Learn How to Spin a Toothbrush on Your Finger

It’s almost time for a three-day weekend and, to be honest, we are having difficulty focusing on anything too demanding.

The folks at Boing Boing have tracked down a video that does just what the title says — it teaches you how to spin a toothbrush on your finger. Be forewarned this video is not in English but that is unlikely to get in the way of your appreciation.

We would say more about this but the toothbrush keeps falling off while we type, so we are just going to leave this here.

Use Visualization the Correct Way in order to Build a New Habit

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Use visualization to build a new habit

Perhaps you’ve heard the advice that a good way to increase your likelihood of success is to visualize yourself succeeding. Sure it’s fun to fantasize about winning that award or fitting into those skinny jeans, but is that really increasing your effectiveness at meeting those goals?

Over at the 99u blog, Gregory Ciotti wrote about the role of visualization in building habits that stick. Turns out that fantasizing about results is not very helpful, but visualizing the steps necessary to get those results can make a difference:

Researchers found that those participants who engaged in visualizations that included the process of what needed to be done to achieve the goal (ex: fantasizing about learning another language, by visualizing themselves practicing every day after work) were more likely to stay consistent than their peers (that visualized themselves speaking French on a trip to Paris). The visualization process worked for two reasons:

  • Planning: visualizing the process helped focus attention on the steps needed to reach the goal.
  • Emotion: visualization of individual steps led to reduced anxiety.

 We think a lot about developing habits, especially those that can help patients improve their oral health. Have you had success with coaching patients to adopt healthy habits? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Gerbils on a Train


They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Not sure how many words this video of gerbils on a train is worth, but if it helps more kids to get the message about the importance of brushing, then we think it might just be priceless.

This clip is just one from a partnership between the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, which includes the ADA and 35 other dental organizations. Find more clips and information at 2min2x.org.