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SPORTS DENTISTRY Written by: Asya Gyurjyan-Marsh. ‘18

On Sunday May 3rd, members of the

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Sports Dentistry Interest Group from Western University of Health Science’s College of 10/10: District 11 Dental Medicine (WesternU CDM) set up a meeting, irvine,ca learning booth at the Pomona Fairplex for the McCracken Learning Expo. At this event, children 10/30: ASDA National Leadership from preschool to 12th grade explored their interests Conference, in science, mathematics, art, music and dance. The booth hosted by Chicago, IL WesternU CDM dental students educated children and their families on the importance of proper brushing, flossing and protecting teeth with sports mouth guards. The efforts of the dental volunteers were joined by over 60 different organizations coming together to provide a no cost, fun filled, interactive, educational and exciting experience for over 3,000 children and families. One of the event coordinators with the Pomona Youth School District, John Murray, expressed his appreciation for WesternU volunteers by stating, “We are so happy that you guys are here this year, so many kids here are in need of oral health education. Thank you for being part of making this year’s event so successful.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 ASDA Officers

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Ladies and Gentlemen,


It has been another rousing start to the ASDA organization year. The passing of the torch of leadership positions takes place during ASDA’s Annual Session every February. Please join me in congratulating our 2015-2016 ASDA at WesternU Cabinet that you will meet on pages 4 and 5 as well as thanking our Advisors: Dr. Robert Stevenson (ASDA at WesternU Advisor) and Dr. Marisa Watanabe (ASDA at WesternU Newsletter Advisor). Additionally, I am pleased to report we have district and national positions filled by our officers as follows: District 11 Trustee: Laine Janzen DMD 2017 District 11 Leadership Development Chair: Asma Patel DMD 2017 District 11 Newsletter Editor: Kelly Nelson DMD 2018 District 11 District Planning Committee: Diana Liao DMD 2018 National Video Editor on Council of Communications: Nicholas Bumacod DMD 2016

Since Annual Session, we have represented our chapter in Washington, D.C. advocating at the Capitol for the National ASDA Lobby Day in April and hosting our annual kickball tournament April as well. While we have been juggling these events, we have also launched our new website. Please visit www. for updates and recaps on all things ASDA. We look forward to feedback as we strive to perfect all areas of our website. My hope this year is to increase membership involvement within our chapter as well as at the district and national levels. Leadership positions at any level within organized dentistry teaches invaluable skills for your career, creates opportunities to network with students from across the nation, and assists in building your resume. If you hope to be an officer at our chapter, within our district or at a national position, please get involved early and feel free to contact any officer. We welcome any questions, concerns, suggestions and/or comments at Cheers, Shannen Dalton, ‘16 ASDA WesternU President





Dear Readers, I am so pleased to share the many voices of ASDA at WesternU. Our chapter is very active and I am thankful for the opportunity to keep you updated on the many events we are involved with. In this issue, you will find the Alumni Spotlight, which highlights the achievements of a WesternU CDM graduate, as well as articles on advocacy, healthy living, and volunteerism; many of which will demonstrate how our unique faculty members mentor and encourage us. This issue would not have been possible without the talented efforts of its contributors. If you are interested in writing a future article, please email me at I would be more than happy to assist you in developing your ideas and helping you get creative.

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Best wishes, Kelly Nelson, ‘18 WesternU ASDA Newsletter Editor-in-Chief 2015-­2016

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Michelle Bruce, DMD2015 Written by Kelly Nelson

KN: What was your favorite experience that you had with WesternU ASDA? MB: I loved the ASDA Kickball Tournaments. They were such a fun way to interact with faculty and other classes. KN: What are you doing now that you have graduated? MB: I am attending an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency (AEGD) at Davis, CA. KN: What advice do you have for all of us still in school? MB: Ask questions! We have so many knowledgeable faculty with years of experience who are willing to share their knowledge with you. KN: If you were involved in ASDA, what did you do and what did you like about it? MB: I held positions as Marketing Coordinator and Historian. My favorite part of being an ASDA officer was networking with other chapters and sharing ideas. This helped us develop all of the successful programs that we have today.

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Editor-in-Chief Kelly Nelson

Faculty Advisor Marisa Watanabe, DDS, MS

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ASDA officers

Executive Committee

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Shannen Dalton ‘16, President

Diana Liao ‘18, Secretary

Goal for the Year: Increase student involvement, improve community outreach, and be a voice to the ADA for student concerns Fun Fact: I have a motorcycle license Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Orthodontics

Goal for the Year: Streamline communication, improve productivity, and augment participation Fun Fact: I was a registered boyscout and taught merit badges on Catalina Island Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Taking pride and ownership in bettering our patients’ oral health

Laine Janzen ‘17, Vice President

Elizabeth Takahashi ‘17, Treasurer

Goal for the Year: Expand our media presence, community service involvement, and fundraising efforts Fun Fact: I have a dog named Drake and a cat named Paura Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Seeing your patients smile

Goal for the Year: Balance the budget and sponsor students for travel to ASDA National conferences Fun Fact: I love board games Favorite Thing About Dentistry: The patients

Appointed Officers Ken Lim ‘17, Membership Coordinator

Goal for the Year: Increase college-wide participation in ASDA events Fun Fact: I love Taylor Swift Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Talking with and building relationships with the patients

Gary Liu ‘18, Fundraising Co-Chair

Goal for the Year: I want to help put on fun and informative events for our peers this year. Fun Fact: I used to do research in marine ecology Favorite Thing About Dentistry: I love working with my hands and making things, so dentistry is the perfect profession for me.

Jesse Toftely ‘18, Fundraising CoChair

Goal for the Year: To work with my fellow co-chairs put on a great ASDA Vendor Fair in order to raise a lot of money for our organization Fun Fact: I enjoy rebuilding classic cars, especially my ‘47 Oldsmobile Favorite Thing About Dentistry: It affords me the opportunity to work with instruments everyday, while helping patients Kevin Fang ’18 , Fundraising CoChair

Goal for the Year: To fundraise more than the previous years and to bring in fresh ideas to asda fundraising Fun Fact: I am working on getting my real estate license Favorite Thing About Dentistry: It is an art and science

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Asma Patel ‘17, Community Outreach Chair

Goal for the Year: To provide oral hygiene kits to the community Fun Fact: I speak five languages Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Being able to interact with patients on a one on one basis

Eric Bui ’17, Business Series Chair

Goal for the Year: Host presenters that will teach management of private dental practice Fun Fact: I mountain bike and surf Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Costmetic and aesthetics

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Tracy Ngo ’18, Legislative Liaison

Goal for the Year: Get people excited about advocacy Fun Fact: I am deaf in one ear Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Forming relationships with patients

Shifteh Iranmanesh ‘17, Licensure Chair

Goal for the Year: Advocate ASDA’s licensure policies Fun Fact: I love hiking Favorite Thing About Dentistry: How detail-oriented it is

Jacqueline Tran ’17 , Lunch & Learn Co-Coordinator

Melanie Jenkins ‘18, Lunch & Learn Co-Coordinator

Goal for the Year: Come up with creative, innovative, and fun ways for our vendors to interact and provide resources to students Fun Fact: I love baking Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Having the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone and seeing their big smiles

Goal for the Year: To organize engaging lectures covering a wide range of dental interests Fun Fact: I was “the bird” at Red Robin Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Forming long-lasting relationships with patients

Jennifer Chung ’18, Pre-dental Co-Chair

Patricia Nguyen ‘18, Pre-dental Co-Chair

Goal for the Year: To successfully set up our first ever Socal PreDental Symposium as well as recruit and help as many predentals as possible Fun Fact: I love giraffes Favorite Thing About Dentistry: I can apply science to arts and crafts

Goal for the Year: To be able to reach and help as many pre-dental applicants possible, making sure to help them feel confident with both their application as well as dentistry as a profession Fun Fact: I know martial arts and have a flair for the theatrical Favorite Thing About Dentistry: I can help a patient feel immediately better from their ailments

Daniel Margolis ’16, Ethics Chair

Chris Chen ‘17, Ideal ASDA Chair

Goal for the Year: Facilitate exposure to ethics Fun Fact: My favorite food is barbeque Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Working on patients

Goal for the Year: Make WesternU the best chapter in District 11 Fun Fact: I travel half-way around the world for music festivals Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Forming long-lasting relationships with patients

Ladan Abolmoluki ‘16, Historian Co-Chair

Nicholas Bumacod ’16, Historian Co-Chair

Goal for the Year: To capture, collect and organize all ASDA activities and events throughout the year Fun Fact: I come from a family of chefs and restaurant owners Favorite Thing About Dentistry: The instant gratification of helping patients get out of pain

Goal for the Year: To capture the defining moments of our chapter’s activities to promote ASDA to our new and current members Fun Fact: I’ve ran four Los Angeles Marathons Favorite Thing About Dentistry: I love being able to use my unique skill set to positively impact the lives of the community I serve

Binh Dang ’18, Marketing Chair

Kelly Nelson ’18, Newsletter Editor-In-Chief

Goal for the Year: Increase WesternU ASDA’s presence in SoCal Fun Fact: I bleed purple and gold Favorite Thing About Dentistry: Dropping the box

Goal for the Year: Increase national awareness of WesternU ASDA Fun Fact: I downhill snow ski Favorite Thing About Dentistry: How it marries art and science

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The dental volunteers remained busy performing demonstrations, entertaining, and teaching young children and their parents the importance of oral hygiene. Curiosity as well as a willingness to listen and participate brought countless young children to the sports dentistry booth to participate in interactive activities. The most popular demonstration at the dental booth simulated the fate of un-brushed teeth exposed to sugar. As young visitors attentively listened, the dental volunteers passed around two “teeth” (Tums) to each participant. The children were then asked to wrap one of their pretend teeth in plastic wrap simulating brushing and sealants. The anticipation built as the children patiently waited to drop their pretend teeth into a solution of sugar water (distilled vinegar). As the children observed the dissolution of the unprotected teeth in sugar water, dental volunteers explained the importance of proper brushing every day to prevent cavities and breakdown of precious teeth. It was an incredible sight to see, as crowds of young visitors waited for their turn to discover the end result of an un-brushed tooth left covered with sugary drinks and food. The dental booth also had a second station, where volunteers spent their time coloring educational cartoons with the youngest visitors. Entertained with an interactive coloring activity, the children were also asked to recall their brushing and flossing routine and asked to demonstrate their techniques on dental typodonts. Sports dentistry volunteer Melanie Jenkins stated, “Many children in this community already have poor oral health and are in need of guidance on how to take care of their oral health. Giving children of this community the building blocks for having great oral hygiene in the future is very important and something that I hope will stick with them for the rest of their lives.” A third station of the dental booth focused on educating young athletes and their parents upon the importance of custom-made sports mouth guards in the prevention of oral injury. The station offered interested visitors with the opportunity to see and handle an example of a custom made sports mouth guard and appreciate its design and fabrication. The advantages of properly fitting custom made guards were explored, focusing on its superior ability to reduce the severity of oral and facial injuries. As one parent confessed, “I’ve chipped all of my front teeth when I used to play basketball, I wish I’d worn one from the beginning, my son will wear one for sure.” The new interest group is advised by faculty member Dr. Jeffrey Lloyd, DDS, who perfectly summarized the day by stating, “I want to commend our students at WesternU for setting up this learning booth at the Pomona Fairplex for the McCracken Learning Expo. Not only did they show the importance of protecting the children’s teeth during sporting activities with a properly fitted mouthguard, they also taught them how to take good care of their mouths and prevent cavities. A win-win for all involved.” Working side by side, this team of dedicated dental students successfully emphasized the critical importance of proper oral health and oral hygiene to countless families. The Sports Dentistry Interest Group volunteers ended their day reassured and confident that the impact of their words and demonstrations will make a difference in the prevention of oral disease, one child and one family at a time.

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Legacy in a Play-Doh Filling Written by Sung Eun (Susie) Kim, ‘18

I accidentally receiving a show and tell by Reem Alwalked into a Nahhas ‘18 and Samantha Dahshan quiet, empty ‘18, and our baby and adult typodont conference models being detailed by Gary Liu ‘18. room. Surrounding our table was a steady Gasping stream of curious students asking as my eyes questions, filling teeth, being kids. adjusted to the dim “Gather around, doctors!” I heard light, rows myself say. The students’ eyebrows upon rows perked up at attention. “A patient just of hearts in came in with sharp pain in his mouth aluminum and needs his cavity filled. Please use baking pans waited ready to be this play-doh and these instruments to fill dissected. It was monumentally cool his cavity.” Each student was given a and geeky and I felt lucky to be cavity tooth, in reality, a plastic tooth we volunteering. On this day, Saturday, once used in lab to practice on. They April 25th, Kaiser Permanente held took a small piece of neon play-doh the Hippocrates Circle, a program and began. Tooth and instrument were designed to support youth from under- inches away from their faces, raptured represented and diverse backgrounds by the process my colleagues and I with awareness that a career as a know all too well, worlds away from our physician is possible. I exited the ergonomics lecture, disconnected to room full of hearts, regained my time and noise. They all stood there, in composure, and made my way over their own bubbles, at times overfilling to the sounds of an applauding crowd. and under contouring, but overall, wonderful restorations for middle The Pasadena Convention school first time dentists. Center, located at the heart of a charming, We wish to leave a historic part of Los legacy-- to make some Angeles, was abuzz They all stood there, sizeable dent in the with excited, in their own bubbles, at world, at school, empowered times overfilling and under and amongst our middle communities. We schoolers and contouring, but overall, wake up early, the volunteers wonderful restorations for routinize our exercise and physicians schedule, prepare from universities middle school first time for class, study smart, and hospitals dentists. keep in touch with who made this all family and friends, save possible. money, find love, read the news, wash the dishes, Our WesternU College be the best that we can be each of Dental Medicine had a table next to the main entrance. With day, and berate ourselves when things barely a moment to greet and hug fall apart. Volunteerism revives and my fellow friends and colleagues, I reminds us of our purpose, why these visually inhaled our table set-up: a life- small wins are important, how the size skeleton looking sharp in Debra routine is meant to build larger plans. Peterson ’16’s white coat, hundreds of plastic teeth glittered over the table Ralph Waldo Emerson, American

essayist, thought leader, and according to Wikipedia, a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, once famously wrote: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” As the students walked away with their one neon play-doh filled tooth and a worksheet planner on how to become a dentist, I held onto a moment of gratitude. If we, with a glittered table of teeth, a room full of hearts, and some words of encouragement, can speak to the curiosities of young scholars at their most formidable stage, is this not legacy? The day had ended and we walked out of the hustle & bustle of the conference center into the calm, unknowing streets of Pasadena-- one of us carrying a life-size skeleton, our throats sore from all the talking, a permanent grin on our faces from the overflow of joy in our hearts. Over 200 students came to our table that day. Had we inspired just one student, had we helped add onto their already vibrant dreams, I believe, this is to have succeeded.

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ASDA ANNUAL SESSION Written by Shannen Dalton, ‘16

ASDA hosts a national Annual Session each year in various cities of accredited dental schools. This year, the 2015 Annual Session was held in Boston, Massachusetts from February 18th to the 22nd. Within ASDA, dental schools are grouped into 11 districts. Each district has a caucus to discuss pertinent issues at our level. Voting for our District also occurs including Trustee, Treasurer and Legislative Liaison. Each school within the district contributes questions for the applicant interviews. Majority vote determines those that are elected to the district positions to represent the six schools. During these caucuses, the candidates that apply for national positions on the Executive Committee, President

“Majority vote determines those that are elected to the district positions to represent the six schools.” and Vice Presidents, or the Speaker of the House must complete interviews with each of the districts. Majority vote on these positions are tallied and those elected are announced. The 2015-2016 Executive Committee is as follows: President: Christian Piers, Colorado 2016. Vice Presidents: Adrien Lewis, Houston 2016 and Niveditha Rajagopalan, Midwestern-Illinois 2016. The Speaker of the House is Paula Cohen, Florida 2017. Each dental school sends two delegates, generally the

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President and Vice President, to Annual Session to vote on organizational changes and bylaws. All attendees are invited to the House of Delegates to hear the issues being presented and can make resolutions to present on the floor for voting. The Speaker of the House regulates the floor and inquiries. Voting and parliamentary procedures are followed to determine status and ASDA’s unified stance on issues such as midlevel providers, portfolio process, the use of live patients for licensure, etc. During the conference, there are workshops regarding student life or lectures on dental careers. Examples of these include assistance with curriculum vitaes when applying for professional positions, debt management, dental insurance options, advocacy and chapter development. Additionally, an Exhibitors Fair is held featuring residency organizations, corporate dentistry and companies selling dental materials, dental equipment, loupes and consumer dental products. The booths are an informational way for hundreds of dental students to learn about these organizations. Annual Session is a great place to network with students and dental-related organizations. Educational information regarding dental student life and the success of your future in dentistry are the focus of ASDA. For those members who are interested in attending this event, applications will be sent via email in early 2016 for ASDA Annual Session hosted March 2-5 in Dallas, Texas.

“Educational information regarding dental student life and the success of your future in dentistry are the focus of ASDA.”

CDA PRESENTS Written by Josh Kreigstein, ‘18

First year as a dental student sometimes seems like a marathon. When May rolls around after closing out a dense first year Spring semester, it’s difficult to roll out of bed on a class-free Friday. A long-needed nap instead may seem a lot more tempting. A word of advice: get out of bed and go! Twice a year, the California Dental Association (CDA) hosts CDA Presents, a convention for anything and everything related to dentistry. This past May, WesternU ASDA students had the opportunity to attend dozens of lectures ranging from dental forensics, pathologies, to private practice management. On the exhibition floor of the Anaheim Convention Center, companies demonstrated the latest in dental technologies and displayed their products. At networking events, dentists, hygienists, RDAs, and students mingled to share the tips and tricks that have brought them success. As a first year dental student, many of the lectures went over my head. Yet, despite my limited knowledge and seemingly lack of sleep, I felt reinvigorated. That day, I started my morning off with a lecture named “Passion!” whose description I felt that I could understand. The topic: “Bringing passion back into the dental office by combining what other life-things inspire us.” While the speaker poked fun at the neuroticism of a stereotypical dentist (requiring every “i” dotted and “t” crossed) he also reminded us of the required balance one needs—not only in our work, but in life. As a naïve first year dental student, I could only relate to the in-office jokes from the time I spent shadowing, but I found that his message still rang clear. I was allowing the symptoms of pathological diseases, the measurements of ideal Class II preps, exams, and all the details of dental school take over and mask the passion I once had. In that moment, I remembered why I picked dentistry in the first place.


After the lecture, I met with some of my friends and got lost in the labyrinth of vendors. We were like kids in a candy shop: reviewing newly updated instruments, high-tech chairs, and even revamped flossing devices. A little word of wisdom from a vendor, “The nun-chuck shape encourages people to floss more!” Some seasoned dentists were chatting away with the vendors - debating the use of the latest versions of condensers, while others were averting eyes, rushing past to their next lecture. My classmates and I saw our futures - ones where we would finally understand what all these instruments did and be able to use them. While we spend time at school working on typodonts and patients to develop our skills, we never truly understand the full scope of dentistry. It is an expansive field with different career paths, procedures, and research; all of which are evident at a conference about 50 minutes away from WesternU’s campus. While we may not know nearly a fraction of what we will when we graduate and staying home may seem like a more tantalizing option, I guarantee that attending CDA Presents will refresh you just in time for finals.

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Lobbying 101 Written by Tracy Ngo, ‘18 What is lobbying? According to Merriam-Webster, lobbying is the act of “trying to influence government officials to make decisions for or against something.” In layman’s terms, lobbying is basically making someone else care about what you care about. Anyone can be a lobbyist. Why should I care about lobbying? The laws that are decided upon today will affect you in the future. Many of us went into dentistry because it is an autonomous career. Other health professions, like physicians and pharmacists, have been more strongly influenced by corporations due to legal changes and are unable to survive as solo private practices. In addition, professional students take out more student loans and dental students also tend to have most student debt. Having a say in the legislation on interest rates and payment plans is important. The less we have to worry about paying off our debts, the more we can focus on starting our careers and lives. More than 3,000 bills are presented to lawmakers each year that affect dental students and the dental profession. Our united voice, through the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), advocates for the interests of dentists and our patients as well. What occurs at ASDA National Dental Student Lobby Day? Each year, ASDA National Dental Student Lobby Day is held in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Dental students from schools across the country come together to both learn about the issues and the process of lawmaking. In 2015, there was record attendance of almost 400 dental students. The first day is jam-packed with lectures and breakout sessions. Students are educated on the basics of how a bill becomes a law and how the House and Senate work. They learn how organized dentistry and other organizations influence legislators. They are also informed about the issues affecting dentistry today and receive training on effective lobbying strategies. Then, students practice these strategies through role-playing and bounce ideas off other dental students. The second day is when everything students learned is put into action. Appointments with representatives and their staff are made prior to Lobby Day. Students visit Capitol Hill determined to build relationships with legislators. On behalf of dental students across the country, participants ask legislators to take action by co-sponsoring the bills ASDA presents. Each appointment is brief; a mere 15-30 minutes each. In this short amount of time, it is the students’ responsibility to establish common ground with the legislators and get ASDA’s message across. Students inform legislators about what bills to cosponsor and explain how these bills will not only help dentists, but also be beneficial to all of the constituents in their districts.

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What bills did we lobby for? In April 2015, ASDA lobbied for two bills – HR 539 and HR 649. HR 539 – Action for Dental Health Act This bill would allow organizations to qualify for oral health grants administered by the Centers for Disease Control and to provide dental services to underserved populations. The bill would support dental volunteer projects, such as Missions of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile, that provide care to patients who would otherwise not receive care. The bill would not cost taxpayers any more money. Instead, funds would be reallocated to organizations that can most efficiently provide healthcare. HR 649 – Student Loan Refinancing Act This bill would allow new dentists to refinance their federal loans at any time during the life of the loan. Dental students graduate with an average of $247,227 of student loan debt and more than 71% of graduating dentists use federal loans to finance their education. Being able to refinance loans to lower interest rates would reduce the burden of student debt. By making student debt more manageable, new dentists can choose to work in communities that need them most, instead of taking on higher paying jobs in saturated areas. What can you do get involved and make a difference? 1. Keep yourself informed on the issues affecting dentistry: • Licensure • Midlevel providers • Dental student debt • Barriers to care • Affordable Care Act • Water fluoridation 2. Attend Advocacy Academy 3. Participate in National Dental Student Lobby Day and/or State Lobby Day 4. Contact your local legislators – Congressmen and Senators 5. Spread the word 6. Contribute to ADPAC – American Dental Political Action Committee – which gives dentists a voice in the public policy arena on behalf of dental practices, patients and the dental profession For more information about Lobby Day and advocacy, please visit the following websites or contact your chapter’s Legislative Liaison.

The less we have to worry about paying off our debts, the more we can focus on starting our careers and lives.

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Written by Diana Liao, ‘18

G.V. Black.

Ideal Class II prep. Radiolucent multiocular opacities on a mandibular first molar. Occlusion wax up. Words like these are never-ending during your four years of dental school and can often become the looming dark cloud that rains on you during beautiful, sunny, Southern California days. According to a study, 80% of dental students are suffering from burnout, depression, and suicide ideation in the pre-clinical and clinical years of their education. How do we begin preparing ourselves with healthy lifestyles both in and out of our graduate education? The last thing we want is to look back in four years at a lost sense of self, health, relationship, and overall wellbeing. Being conscious and aware of our daily choices can help maintain a happy mind and a healthy heart. The major categories to consider are healthy eating, exercise, general health, and mental health. Let’s go through a few simple tricks and tips for each! Healthy Eating: 1. Always eat breakfast. 2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. 3. Substitute fresh fruits & nuts for granola bars. 4. Eat fish as often as you can. Choose fatty fish like salmon to get the full benefits. 5. Make sure you get you at least 25 grams of fiber daily through leafy greens and colored vegetables. 6. Choose lean meat and poultry. 7. Give up soft drinks. 8. Stack your fridge with healthy products to avoid binge snacking and unhealthy choices during mealtime. 9. Allow yourself one to two cheat meals/week. 10. Try to start a food diary, if not, make mental notes throughout the day. Exercise: 1. Start your morning with brief basic stretches such as going through a sun salutation (yoga). 2. Buy a pedometer and make the effort to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. 3. Try to incorporate a 20-25 minute exercise break daily. Look into HITT intervals or light cardio. (i.e., BBG Workouts, Insanity, P90x,, etc.) 4. Add one weekly yoga session to relieve stress, improve circulation, and release stress in our spin. 5. Recruit a friend to exercise with. 6. Sign up for a run or community event such as 5k, 10k, and half marathons to motivate you.

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7. Attend the classes at your local gym. Being in a group often motivates you to finish the full hour of exercise. 8. Invest in basic equipment such as free weights and a yoga mat. 9. Stand while you study. 10. Join an online community blog to stay motivated. General Health 1. Use sunscreen. 2. Soak up the sun safely (see prior tip) for at least 10-15 minutes during your breaks. 3. Notice the little things (ie. color of the leaves, music in the coffee shop.) 4. Take multivitamins and mineral supplements where you feel you may be lacking. 5. Do not forget about your regular medical checkups. 6. Sleep… When you can. I know we often have to give this up. Take frequent naps and have restful sleep. Turn off distractions. Mental Health 1. Take time to appreciate the little things in life. 2. Celebrate your small victories (ie. Getting the last breakfast burrito, waking up to natural light, getting a 90.01% in the course) 3. Laugh every day, several times a day. 4. Keep a simple to-do list that you can check off daily. 5. Stay connected with friends, family, or significant others you might not have time to talk to through simple phone games or apps such as Words with Friends or Couple.

Being healthy does not have to be complicated. The most important thing is to eat real, whole foods. The internet is at your fingertips. It is easy to look up the nutritional content of most foods you eat. A few simple changes can be the start to a healthier, more energized you!

WesternU ASDA Kickball Tournament

Written by Ken Lim, ‘17 This past spring semester, our ASDA at WesternU Chapter had college-wide participation in a competitive and fun atmosphere on a hot Saturday morning this past spring semester. This year’s turnout was one of the largest yet with two teams each from the DMD 2018 and DMD 2017 classes, and one team from the DMD 2016 class. Faculty participants, Dr. Hassel and Dr. Ywom, also came out and showed that they still can hang with the students on the field. Participants, their families, faculty and even some dogs enjoyed a barbeque break for lunch. At the end of the day, the DMD 2017 team, “The VW Bugs”, (sponsored by faculty Drs. Nithya Venugopal and Marisa Watanabe) came away victorious in a hard-fought game with the DMD 2018 class to claim the ASDA Kickball Tournament Title.

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10 Things No One Told You About Dental School

Written by Patricia Nguyen, ‘18

1. Dentistry is not for germaphobes, but it attracts us anyway It makes sense that we dental students have a preference for nearsterile environments; we all knew going into dentistry how physically dirty the profession is, and, despite this knowledge, we all still fought tooth and “e-nail-mel” to be here anyway. The realization of how dirty dentistry really is does not quite hit you until you are suddenly drilling into a real tooth instead of a plastic one: particles are in the air and cloudy water is splashing where your mask and your loupes can’t cover. Although you know the tooth has been sterilized, you still sprint home to take the hottest shower of your life.

6. Dentistry attracts a variety of backgrounds Do not get me wrong— there are a lot of attributes we dental students share, but we all have diverse backgrounds. One of my classmates was a landscaper; another was a female boy scout; we have superhero nerds, a child actress, and a self-proclaimed “normal guy.” Our amalgam of various hobbies, passions, and experiences is what makes us so unique.

7. Dental school is a pathway of constant self-discovery Like any big life event, you will gain new personal experiences. Though you may not realize it, the scope of dentistry allows for a vast and diverse set of passions: leadership, sports dentistry, forensic dentistry, and even teaching— all of which you can choose to involve yourself 2. Dentistry is great for pyromaniacs in or choose to avoid. In any case, get No one ever told me that being a the most you can from dental school by dentist meant I sometimes had to use keeping an open mind. a flame. Sure, I used a Bunsen burner back in chemistry lab, but I thought I left 8. You will lose old hobbies, but you will those days behind me. Fortunately for gain new ones my classmates, fire is a pretty cool thing; For some of us, our identities are defined unfortunately for me, I am scared of fire by our hobbies. Unfortunately, with and need a buddy to light my flame. school, you will find that you might end up skipping out on some of the things 3. You will eventually live and breathe dentistry There was once a time the words “screening,” “calculus,” and “pedo” all meant different things. Now I use these words daily. Don’t mind me as I describe how I lodged a popcorn kernel in the “gingival pocket of the distobuccal aspect of #14” and my friends nod in understanding as they pull out their portable floss that they carry on their persons at all times. 4. You will start noticing pathology everywhere Remember how you told your interviewer that you liked to evaluate people’s smiles? At the time, the only thing you would notice is how straight and white those pearls are. Eventually, you will not be able to help but notice everything about the orifice… And you will wonder how you never noticed the fluorosis. 5. Dentistry is a lonely profession, but school doesn’t have to be It is very easy to get lost in the assignments, projects, exams, and heavy workload. Fortunately, you have roughly 70 other humans going through the same thing you are. Though it may make time before you figure out who you Opti-Bond with, just know you’re not alone!

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you once loved. However, with new friends, you find yourself picking up activities you never knew you would love. 9. What works for one dentist may not work for you Fortunately, our faculty is awesome enough to show us all the different ways you practice dentistry; just hang in there! You will bore through a dozen teeth, but you will figure out the way that works best for you. (Hint: “That does NOT include leaving your mirror behind,” says my achy neck). 10. There are both fun and terrifying aspects of dental school, but in the end, it is one the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime.


Concept by Asya Gyurjyan-Marsh, ‘18 Art by Brandon Marsh

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On the Cusp − Summer 2015  
On the Cusp − Summer 2015