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November 2011

The energy expended by all players engaged in the argument over midlevel scope of practice and levels of supervision has been substantial and while necessary to define, possibly tangential to any real comprehensive answers. (ADA: Samuel Low, DDS, MS advocacy/pdfs/ Assoc. Dean & Professor ada_workforce_statement.pdf) . Department of Periodontology And what complicates the midlevel solution are studies that suggest advantages of adding the mid level practitioner to the dental workforce are fraught with study design limitations that would not pass the scrutiny of evidence based dentistry. A critical aspect is very small numbers of midlevel’s actually practice in the United Sates (Alaska) and The mid level hypothesis data is scant. is primarily based on an insufficient Bottom-line is that until workforce driver. And any study the midlevel solution can be tested that purports a scarcity of dentists to determine safety and efficacy, a in the future can be countered by responsible society would suggest a surveys that demonstrate the “right” strategic approach to barriers of amount or too many practitioners. care with a comprehensive oral ecently the phrase “fair Note the recent “tug of war” over health management plan. Utilizing the need for more dental schools in tax dollars to create another providand balanced” resonates as a need to ob- the State of Florida. Most health er level when a variety of solutions care economic models suggest injectively characterize have not been explored may be opinions on critical issues. The de- creasing numbers of workforce do considered myopic. Also consider not directly impact care since those in the mix unemployed hygienists bate over the validity of the midpractitioners will not necessarily level provider in dentistry could and the increasing debt load of relocate to “underserved” areas and have used the phrase yesterday. Continued on Page 2. moreover, they need to get paid. Access to care/ barriers to

The Mid Level Provider Solution to Access


care in dentistry is a major topic of discussion in dental circles. Lack of care to the underserved is a given and moreover a highly multivariable complex issue. Our students at UFCD are well versed on the subject with a curriculum that provides an excellent community health background. The core fundamental end point is to decrease oral disease by access and effective utilization in disease management. And while we could expand on the “solution of the month” to resolve the disparity issue, let’s consider the suggested mid level possibility.

Continued From Page 1 graduating dental students. There is no simple solution to this very complex problem and unless there are systems to train such mid level individuals in a fiscally effective model and provide salaries in a current state and federal tattered safety net, (ADA: breaking-down-barriers.pdf) common sense suggest mid levels will end up in a corporate setting as in the recent experience with New Zealand and Canada workforce models. A more plausible and timely process to truly help our underserved would be to take the political debate of the midlevel out of the equation and replace it with effective and sustainable and encompassing solutions.

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theNEXTDDS Visit and enroll yourself in this new dental student portal. It’s free and will require your ASDA membership number. Another reason to belong to ASDA. Some articles from the Practice Management section will be used as required readings in DEN 8321 Small Business Principles and Practices, which starts for seniors in September. Enroll now and start using some of the other resources on the website and connect with other dental students in different parts of the country.


AAPHD Caitlin Buchanan

Club President, Sara El-Sherbini, opened the first General Body Meeting of the Association of Public Health Dentistry by asking a few of the officers to share what they love about public health dentistry.

UF College of Dentistry, and the Alachua County School Board will perform oral health screenings on every third grader in the county and the club encouraged people to volunteer to help with this endeavor. With Halloween, October was also a big time for candy-binging and to help combat the potentially harmful effects of excessive sugar consumption, AAPHD and SNDA had a Halloween party at the Boys and Girls Club on October 18th to re-enforce and educate about oral hy-

“I feel that as dentists we have skills that we can pay forward, and we can do that through public health dentistry,” offers club Historian, Lorielle Alter. Treasurer, Ron St. John, highlights the ability“ reach many instead of just a few.” The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) was founded in 1937 to meet the challenge of improving the oral health care of many. Not only does it focus on disease prevention and service delivery, but also on the education of health professionals and legislators on the importance of oral health to overall well-being. Now in its third year, the UF chapter of AAPHD aims to provide opportunities for students and faculty to learn more about Public Health Dentistry, be it through hands on service experiences or discussions with influential leaders in the field. During each upcoming month, the organization will focus on a particular segment of the community. In October the club concentrated on pediatric preventative care. The timing was appropriate, as during September and October the Alachua County Health Department,

giene while throwing in some non-confectionary fun, like face-painting. For those interested in career paths in legislative and organizational public health dentistry with a focus on prevention, there’s a “Brown Paper bag lunch-in” with past National AAPHD and UF faculty member, Dr. Tomar to discuss prevention. The club is excited to dive into this year; upcoming months hold discussions and activities centered on care for Geriatric, Native American, Urban and Rural populations. With all the fun, interesting opportunities, and no dues, there is no reason not to get involved with the UF Chapter of AAPHD. Those interested in further information should contact Iris Garcia, club secretary at


Organized Dentistry Beyond ASDA Christopher Shannon, D3, ASDA Organized Dentistry Chair


annual meeting in Daytona Beach on April 27 and 28, 2012. Seniors should be aware that the Alachua County Dental Association holds bimonthly meetings and invites up to 15 dental students to each meeting. Students are able to attend an elegant dinner while learning about the newest legislation or dental technology. We are also trying to strengthen the relationship that dental students have with the Academy of General Dentistry. As organized dentistry chair, I talked to Tony Menendez, the current Membership Chairman and future President of the AGD. He is highly interested in hearing the opinions of dental students at their meetings. He also wants more young dentists and dental students to get involved with AGD so that AGD can better represent general dentists in all stages of learning and practice. Currently membership is free to all Junior and Senior dental students at the University of Florida.

SDA at UF has been dedicated to making all our ASDA members more aware of organized dentistry. We have been working hard to create opportunities for each member to get involved. Each district in Florida Dental Association has been contacted in an effort to expand dental student participation and Melissa Alfonso has been gracious to understanding about the topics affecting dentistake the lead in planning a first ever ASDA try. State Lobby Day for UF ASDA dental students The Central Florida District Dental to get more involved in the political issues afAssociation, which Alachua County falls into, fecting dentistry. This march to Capitol Hill has invited UF dental students to attend their

What is the best part of dental school so far? Class of 2015 Answers!

took place on November 15, 2011. Some of the issues that ASDA members will address with legislatures include new dental schools in Florida, continued availability of TED funds, and loan repayment options after dental school. UF is one of the only schools nationally where students are organizing a state lobby day. We also plan to team up with the FDA on February 1st for their lobby day. This past June, UF ASDA lobbied hard to get 2 dental students added to the FDA's Council on Membership, Council on Education and Licensure, and the Subcouncil on the New Dentist. At the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association allowed several dental students to sit in upon their meetings. As you can see, UF ASDA is making it easier for dental students to get more involved in making a difference in the dental profession through organized dentistry. For more information regarding attending Alachua County Dental Association meetings, AGD meetings, and/or becoming members of these organizations you can contact me at

Sergio Jacas: A great family atmosphere amongst our class. Yosvel Blanco Sanchez: The new and diverse family that we gained. I love all my fellow classmates already and the faculty are also incredible.

Kirsten Kimbler: Mighty Molar! Michael Yuan: I love how our class is so tight knit like one big family.

Vikash Dahya: Embryology :) Olga S Luaces: Learning about all the opportunities we have to utilize our knowledge and improve the oral hygiene of the Gainesville community. Through volunteering at the Equal Access Clinic and with other dental service organizations at UFCD, I feel that I have been able to reach out to people of various age groups and teach them about preventive dental practices, enabling them to improve their oral health.

Phillip Claassen: Waxing teeth! Desmond Foster: The excitement of beginning the initial steps on the path of becoming a dentist.


Cosmetic Dentistry: Breaking the Trends of the National Recession


uring these hard economic times, it is no secret that Americans are cutting back in non-essential expenditures. One may be surprised, however, to find that these cuts are not reflected in revenue spent on cosmetic dental procedures. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the number of cosmetic dental procedures increased significantly over the last five years, with a 300% increase in teeth whitening procedures and a 250% increase in

porcelain dental veneers. Such an increase in cosmetic procedures may suggest a grand turn-around from the recession and a new, booming economy. This proves not the case, as the nation’s unemployment rate continues to soar. In fact, in the last five years that marked such an increase in elective dentistry, the unemployment rate rose from 4.6% in 2006 to the current 9.1%. Why then is there such an increase in cosmetic work? Another study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that 75% of Americans believe an unattractive smile could potentially harm a person’s chance for employment success. Thus, what may have once been deemed an “optional” or “luxurious” expense is actually an asset in obtaining and maintain a successful career.

niques, subscribe to an aesthetic dentistry journal, and take special care in choosing your lab technicians, as the results will pay off for your patient and your practice. houston-cosmetic-dentist-discusses-latest-aacd -statistics/ A0104719.html

Jessica Biggs, D2 ASDA Community Service Chair

As for dentists, the added interest in cosmetic procedures also comes with added pressures in keeping up with new products and procedures. So refresh on your dental anatomy, practice your composite layering tech-

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Coming Soon to a Clinic Near You: 5 Phases of Treatment! Tavis Sisson,

Phase you are most likely completing a core buildup here in the initial restorative phase.

Also considered to be part of the Disease Control Phase is a Re-Evaluation. During this re-evaluation all actions taken up until D3, ASDA Synergy Weekend Chair this point are reviewed for their ability to control disease in the mouth. We would typically think of this as our Phase I Evaluations (both perio and operative). The question to answer here is “Is the he UF College of Dentistry has patient ready to move to the Definitive Phase?”. recently approved a new method In the ‘Definitive Phase’ (4th phase for those who are countof organizing treatment. While this is still a work in progress the roots of the ing) we are preparing for and completing any prosthetic restorations new treatment plan phases are estab- deemed necessary. This is what we normally would consider to be Phase II and is broken up into two parts. lished.


The first phase of therapy is titled the ‘Systemic Phase’ and is to be completed before progressing to other treatments. The Systemic Phase consists mostly of items discovered in the medical history or physical exam. Possible actions necessary in the Systemic Phase would include medical consults, biopsies, and any ‘action steps’ necessary for any conditions or medications. Examples of an action step would include getting an INR for patients on Coumadin or making sure a patient has their inhaler at the beginning of every appointment for patients with asthma.

The first part of the Definitive Phase is adjunctive therapy and consists of pre prosthetic surgery, crown lengthening, orthodontics, etc. Anything that is necessary to get the patient ready for their final prosthesis would be considered adjunctive therapy as well as definitive therapies for patients not needing prosthetic devices (orthodontics). This is followed by the second part of the Definitive Phase called the prosthodontic phase where fixed and removable prosthetics are fabricated and delivered. Following the Definitive Phase is another evaluation step called ‘post assessment’ and is essentially what we would currently consider a case completion. After this, the patient is placed on a recall schedule and has entered the ‘Maintenance Phase’. This fifth and final phase is meant to support the long term dental health of the patient and can feed back into the previous phases as situations arise in that patient’s maintenance.

The ‘Acute Phase’ of therapy is begun after systemic complications have been addressed and is broken up into first addressing emergency problems followed by urgent problems. Problems such as trauma, pain, and infection are addressed as emergency problems. This is not just limited to extractions and root canals as large carious lesions may be addressed as well as rapidly progressing periodontal The presented phases of treatment, while approved, are still diseases, such as ANUG. being tweaked and the final presentation may differ slightly from what you see above. For example, they may be listed as phases 0-3 + The second part of the Acute Phase treats urgent problems. maintenance rather than phase 1-5 as listed above. However, the What we currently consider to be a ‘caries control’ situation with numbering system assigned should not change what is addressed in multiple sedative restorations would be considered an urgent probeach of the phases. I hope this helps prepare you for what is coming lem. Extraneous patient needs as well as pure dental needs can also down the pipeline in the near future, and I preemptively wish you classify something as urgent. For example, a patient who has a good luck in explaining the 5 phases of treatment to your future pachipped front tooth and is getting married in two weeks makes that tients. class IV restoration an urgent problem based on the time limitations. What we currently think of as Phase I therapy would be considered the third phase of treatment in the new model called the ‘Disease Control Phase’. In the Disease Control Phase we are addressing the prime dental diseases: caries and periodontal disease. This phase is also broke up into two parts. The first part is disease control treatment and primarily would revolve around oral health instructions, scaling/root planning, and adult prophylaxis. This is essentially periodontal in nature since ‘caries control’ patients are addressed in the Acute Phase. The second part of the Disease Control Phase is the ‘initial restorative phase’. During this portion of treatment you are utilizing your standard compliment of operative ADA codes and should bring the patient to a stable restorative situation. Even if the ultimate goal is an indirect restoration in the Definitive



Systemic Phase


Acute Phase (Emergency Problems and Urgent Problems)

3. Disease Control Phase (Disease Control Phase and Initial Restorative Phase) Re-Evaluation 4.

Definitive Phase (Adjunctive Therapy and Prosthodontic Phase) Post-Assessment



Staying Healthy In Dental School Mikilena Hall, D3, ASDA Community Service Chair


all is here, and so are boards, block exams, the rush to complete requirements and… runny noses. I know I’m not the only one who hears sniffles in the hallway and sees puffy eyes and the hunched backs of colleagues hard at work. As UFCD students strive to be their best, flu season approaches and brings with it the possibility of missed appointments and wasted hours of brainpower that could be better put to use. With that in mind, I encourage our student body to be mindful of the environment and changing weather. Bring a sweatshirt to school and keep an umbrella at hand. Speaking of hands, anti-bacterial sanitizer is

around every corner, so use it! We work and learn in a hospital full of patient traffic with many sick people so be mindful of that elevator button and (ick) bathroom door. Flu shots are available all over Gainesville and can be found at little to no cost for students. Also, remember to eat healthy and stock up on vitamins (2nd years, get some vitamins for nothing else but to study their names and effects for boards). Being healthy is not just about you; it’s about taking care of your patients and being there, ready and alert, for them when they have a scheduled appointment. For those students who are already prepared for flu season and take daily sanitation precautions, keep it up! Think about other ways you can be healthy and set a good example for your patients. Take a few minutes to stretch during an appointment or after an hour of studying. Drink plenty of water every day and take out some of that angst about not having this requirement done yet or having to take yet another quiz – there’s a great

indoor track at Southwest Rec, go do some yoga with friends, or take a walk with your dog. We live in Florida, so get out there end enjoy it! You owe it to yourself!

Research @ The ADA Conference It is widely recognized that research is an essential part in the future of dentistry. The UFCD curriculum is continuously being supplemented with research based presentations, so that students will be able to adapt to innovative technology that will be available in the future. In addition, our UFCD faculty is continuously conducting research to advance the field as we speak and they offer generously their time, knowledge, and experience to students who want to participate in research. Additionally, the ADA supports students who conduct research, and at the ADA conference in Las Vegas there was a display of research from both United States and International dental schools. Projects displayed at the conference were conducted by student clinicians under a competition supported by both DENTSPLY and the ADA. Their projects ranged from testing the pH of distilled drinking water to understanding the molecular players involved in the competence pathway of Streptococcus mutans. It was a fantastic display of support for research in dentistry and, to me, made a statement that both clinical and basic science research continues to further our knowledge and clinical practice of dentistry. Thank you to our Dean, Dr. Dolan; Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Burne; all of the research faculty, graduate students, and dental students conducting research; as well as dental students and faculty/professionals who utilize research in their everyday practice for having the foresight to advance the future and also patience to help students understand how to apply these concepts to their work. Your work and efforts will change the practice of dentistry and the lives of our patients.

Ann Sagstetter, D2, ASDA Education Chair


Biomaterials Crossword: A Tribute to KJS For Answers See Page 17

By Stacy Michelle Nedrud D2




5 Pneumatic Mallets Use This 7 First Country to Ban Amalgam (Gasp!) 9 Best Generation of Self-Etching 11 Module of __________ 13 Seaweed Impression Material 14 White Filling Material Pre-Dating Composite 15 Component of Amalgam 17 Squeeze Cloth’s Material 19 Dentinal Tubule Sealer Brand Name 21 Sport Using Gutta Percha in the 1840s 22 Measurement of Force

1 KJS’s Homeland 2 George Washington’s Teeth Material 3 Impressive Crown and Bridges 4 Process of Bending Metal, Displacing Defects 6 KJS’s Catchphrase 8 Old-Fashioned Permanent Cement (Duralon) 10 Strain’s Counterpart 12 Makes a Good Impression 16 Calcium Hydroxide Use 18 Dentinal Tubule Opener 20 First Country to Use Mercury-Containing Dental Fillings

HSDA Ali Best, D2, ASDA Special Events Director


HSDA will be continuing its involvement in the dental community by sending four members to the HDA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, the first weekend of November, where they will be presenting the Orgullo Project, a project designed to promote outreach and recruitment of minority middle school and high school students to careers in dentistry. We then plan to finish out the fall semester

with two more salsa classes held during lunch on November 22nd and December 6th, a Lunch & Learn given by Dr. Lense in mid-November, another Spanish Dental Terminology Session on November 29th, a Thanksgiving Potluck, and finally a joint Holiday Social with SNDA. It’s been a great year so far, and we’re looking forward to all of our future events!

ith a significantly increased membership and a great new board, the Hispanic Student Dental Association has started off the 2011-2012 school year in a fantastic direction! Thus far, we have held a Spanish Dental Terminology Session, organized a visit to Eastside High School to give a presentation on “Careers in Dentistry,” and we finished out the month of October with salsa lessons that were open to the whole school. The lessons were taught by our own members, and everyone seemed to have a blast.

From Lectures to Clinics


ear friends,

and procedures to do, dealing with cancellations, and let us not forget the lab work. Most of us get to school before 8 am to set up for our morning patients and to be present for the morning’s Team Huddle. Sometimes we spend a big part of our lunch break working on lab projects, and/or we stay past 5 pm to finish them.

ting tissue flaps, giving anesthesia, and taking out teeth as 3rd year students. During the first two years we are taught about dental procedures, treatment planning, and how to manage complications, but it is the 3rd year when everything starts to come together and the importance of some steps and precautions start to become evident. Every day I learn something new and every day I feel like I acquire a new skill—I never felt that when I was working on mannequins.

Despite the new stressors, every day I am happy to wake up and go to school. Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about a procedure: how to prepare for it, how to speed Thank you for reading, it up, and how to make it better. That is how I feel before every new procedure I do on a patient. Tips from faculty and friends start becoming like gems because they save a lot of time and effort. A lot of times, To start, there is definitely more time oddly enough, I actually open books and to relax and to enjoy the week—I am sure peruse their contents to look for tips, first and second years are relieved to hear this. different treatment modalities, and to Lectures are Wednesday afternoons and Frilearn what to do in different scenarios. day mornings. Tests are very few—usually a We are the only professional midterm and a final, and some classes give career that allows us to do such invasive, quizzes in between. irreversible, and potentially dangerous Now there are different stresses such procedures such as drilling a tooth, cutas meeting requirements, looking for patients Now we are well into the fall semester and I thought I would share what the transition from 2nd to 3rd year of dental school has been like.

Jorge del Valle, D3, ASDA Education Chair



No D4s :(

Mighty Molar 2011


Class of 2013!

2nd 2015 Trayless Impressions 3rd Pre-Dent 1st 2013 2nd 2014 3rd Pre-Dent 4th 2015

Egg Toss 1st 2013 2nd 2014 3rd 2015 4th Pre-Dent

4th 2014

Tug-of-War 1st 2015 2nd 2013 3rd 2014 4th Pre-Dent

Final points

2013: 18 2015: 9 Relay Race 2014: 9 Pre-Dental: 7 1st 2013

Mighty Molar 2011




A Reflection: Steve Jobs 1955-2011 Wednesday evening October 5th, 2011, Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 56. Jobs, who originally founded Apple in 1976, will forever be regarded as a visionary and master innovator who arguably had one of the most profound impacts on a generation that has ever been seen. A college dropout, Jobs pursued his passion for innovation and built the world’s first personal computer in his parent’s garage at age 21. By age 25 his net worth was more than 100 million dollars and by age 30 he was ousted from the company he founded only to return in 1997 to build it into one of the highest valued companies in the world. Jobs, by the standards of society, had everything any individual could ever want. When I first heard the news of Steve Jobs’ death I was stressed out while in the midst of an intense cram session because of the six exams I have coming up over the next two weeks. The joys of being in my second year of dental school were taking their toll on me. However, after learning the sad news of his death, I suddenly realized how insignificant my stresses really were. In dental school, all of us students get worked up about the next big midterm or practical, board examinations, and patients. Too often I hear others, and at times I have been the one, to complain about school. In reality though, we are fortunate. We are fortunate to wake up each day and be

able to attend that dreaded lecture or lab session. We are fortunate to be able to enter into a profession where our goal is to help improve the quality of life for our patients. We are fortunate to be able to go home at the end of each day to see our friends, family, spouses and significant others. Plain and simple, we are fortunate. I know school will continue to stress out every dental student across the country. This is not an attempt by me to write the magic words to eliminate this from all of our lives. Consider this a reminder that even though you may think getting a bad grade on an exam or practical is the end of the world, it is not. In the end you can’t take it with you. It is one of the oldest clichés, but today it is truer than ever. Steve Jobs was worth 8.3 billion dollars when he passed away. Until six weeks ago he continued to be the CEO of one of the largest companies in the world while simultaneously fighting for his life each day. I don’t think it was the need or desire for money that kept him motivated. Individuals like Steve Jobs should be inspiration for all of us. He was passionate about his life’s work. For him, it was about the impact he had on those around him. The man revolutionized the way Americans operate in their day to day lives. As fu-

ture healthcare providers I hope this resonates deep within all of you. We are in an extraordinary position to change the lives of our patients every time they come in for an appointment. I issue this challenge to all of you. Next time you are stressed out and feel like the world is weighing down on you, take a step back and reflect. Appreciate all that you have been given and find that passion that brought you to the place you are today. It may require you to do something impromptu, like write a blog post even though you have six exams to study for, but in the end it will serve as a reminder of what really matters. Cherish each day and don’t let the insignificant stresses of school make you forget why you are there. Rest in peace, Steve Jobs.

~Michael Pappas, Ohio ’14, Chapter President This article has been reprinted with the permission of the American Student Dental Association. It originally appeared as a blog post on Mouthing Off,

reach programs to improve the dental health of the public” as an act of beneficence. The As members of ASDA, we are urged ASDA Ethics Code, last revised in 2010, lays to comply with the ASDA Code of Ethics for a good foundation that if followed will aid in dental students. The values proposed are to be upholding the used as a guide for the progression of a denintegrity of dentist’s career, beginning as a pre-doctoral stutistry as a prodent to a fully credentialed professional. As fession. dental students we not only need to have, “concern for the welfare of our patients,” but In accordance s increasing attention is gained by with their Ethics dental outreach programs, the Ameri- also need to be competent in the care we deliver. The values of Non-maleficence and Code, ASDA can Student Dental Association also addressed (ASDA), the American Dental Education As- Beneficence are to be considered daily as well. Careful treatment planning and supervi- dental outreach sociation(ADEA), and the American Dental sion by a licensed dentist lends to avoiding programs in a Association(ADA) have found the need to harm to the patient. Also, students are, Continued on address concerns facing pre-dental students, “encouraged to participate in community outpage 16. dental students, and dentists nationwide for

Considering Ethics While Abroad

Deborah Lowry, D2, ASDA Professional Issues Chair

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participating in these programs.

torships allow students the opportunity to make connections in a particular region in Florida and gather information about the career from an experienced and willing professional. The Florida Dental AssociMelissa Alfonso, D3, ASDA ation offers a program that can help students develop such a mentorship. I would Government Affairs Chair like to encourage all of our students to look t FNDC into becoming a part of this program. If you this past know of any doctors interested in becoming year it became mentors you can also refer them to the same apparent to contact information. me the need The Florida Dental Association's for mentor(FDA) Dr. Louis J. Atkins Mentor Proships for students prepar- gram offers pre-dental students, dental school students, and new dentists in Florida the oping to enter portunity to develop a professional mentor/ the dental mentee relationship with an FDA member profession. Among the many benefits, men-



dentist. Usually this is in the form of phone calls, emails and shadowing the mentor dentist in the office for a period of time agreed upon by both parties. Contact information, organized by region in Florida, can be found in a blog post on the UF ASDA blog, For additional information you can also contact your local district office.


All of the mission trips at UFCD seek to set themselves apart from the others. For the Dominican Republic trip I described this as being a more “rugged” trip at our interest meeting in November 2010. What I forgot to mention at that meeting was the life changing experience that this would become for those who went on this trip. This past August break, 30 students and 4 dentists found themselves in Las Matas de Farfan, Dominican Republic after traveling more than 15 hours. We stayed at Centro Padre Julio in the city center without any access to everyday luxuries such as air conditioning, phone reception, hot water, and internet.

er two dental units to perform restorations. At all of the locations we made the most of the minimal resources we had and performed extractions using headlamps as a light source, fluoride varnish treatments for children, and oral hygiene instructions for all. After returning to the center on most days, we received lectures from the dentists there, including some on providing local anesthetic, anatomy, and suturing.

When we had just found ourselves comfortable in the Dominican Republic on the first day of working, we received a series of phone calls from UFCD and concerned parents regarding Hurricane Irene. It was forecasted to go directly through the center of the island joining Dominican Republic and Haiti, right where we were located. Located five hours away from the capital where the airport was, evacuating the island seemed like it would be a difficult task given that we would likely encounter the storm on the way there. With the help of Padre Franquelo, we determined that the safest plan would likely be to remain there The Dominican Republic trip has given that the structures were concrete and we been one of the longest standing mission trips were located in a valley where we would most in the college. As Dr. Timothy Garvey has likely be recounted to many of us, this trip developed protected from several dentists who sat around in one of from strong their living rooms one day in 1987, considering winds and the need in Dominican Republic for dental rain. With care. For the majority of years since then, a the help of group from UF’s College of Dentistry, accom- my father, panied by Dr. Garvey has gone to Las Matas Cayetano de Farfan to treat those less fortunate. Within Alfonso, the country, 30% of its population lives below who hapthe poverty line. Some communities shared pened to be with us that our trips there were the only there as means of dental care they received, notably in well, we the mountains where people do not have access were able to transportation to the city where the local to acquire phones to dentist and hospital are located. allow stuFor five days we worked in four dents to groups endlessly to help as many people as call home possible. Our team worked in four teams, each to their headed by one dentist, one team staying at the families center and three going to smaller towns in the and contact suburbs surrounding the center. At the center the college we utilized generators run on gasoline to pow-


who proceeded to also contact all emergency contacts. Hours later, we learned that the storm had slightly turned to the north. We informed all those there that we would still likely get some rain and wind from the outside of the storm sometime in the middle of the night. When we awoke the following morning, we were surprised to see sunny skies and dry grounds. Not a drop of rain had touched our area. We were fortunate enough to not have been affected by the hurricane, but what we did receive was a big lesson on the importance of planning ahead for situations like this. ONE MUST ATTEND EVERY MEETING INCLUDING THIS ONE. So if you’re interested, be sure to mark your calendars!


Many of those who went on this trip were challenged and further empowered by various hurdles we faced while there. We survived a hurricane, treated over 600 patients within 16 communities, and learned the value in giving to those who truly NEED you. After the fun times, the bonding, and the shrieks when you come across the occasional unexpected bug, there were human beings that without our help would never be able to rid

Like all mission trips at UF, the Dominican Republic trip continues to strive to improve the mission trip experience for students. We promote continued learning throughout our trip, a positive group attitude towards fundraising, and cohesiveness among those who go. At the end of our trip we met to discuss improvements that could be

Interested in attending the 2012 trip? The introductory meeting for next year's Dominican Republic Dental Mission Trip will be on Monday, November 14 at 5:30 PM in D3-3. This dental mission trip takes place annually during the August break and is open for any member of the Class of 2013, 2015, and 2015, however, there are a limited number of seats available. If we have enough interest we are looking into possibly having a second trip during the June break. This second trip would be to serve the northern part of the Dominican Republic. During this meeting we will present some details on both trips as well as get a count on “interest” between the classes of who would like to go. IN ORDER TO BE

made to this trip. Some of the suggestions included planning ahead for potential unexpected emergencies such as hurricanes and promotion of better oral health and self-care among those in the communities we treat for better sustainability. We are looking forward to seeing the improvements that those planning the 2012 trip have in store for the trip.

We would also like to thank all of those who supported our trip and helped make it possible including Dr. Timothy Garvey, Dr. Rosalia their bodies of dental infection. These teeth Rey, Dr. Rafael Urbino, Dr. Randall Hancock, would have likely resulted in abscesses and Dr. Sposetti and Ayleen Alexander. We also maybe the further complications that many of had extreme support from several local denus have seen in the news in our own country. tists, organizations, and dental supply compaAlthough there were many parts of the week nies. A final thank you also to those who purthat are difficult to overcome, I am sure that chased items we sold through t-shirt, hoodie, those who attended the trip found it absolutely and decal sales.

ELIGIBLE TO GO ON EITHER TRIP, ONE MUST ATTEND EVERY MEETING INCLUDING THIS ONE. So if you’re interested, be sure to mark your calendars!

Melissa Alfonso, D3, ASDA Government Affairs Chair 2012 DR Trip Leaders: Eddy Sedeño, Stacey Nedrud, Jan García, Danny García, and Valentina Espinosa.


abroad. While this is aimed towards predental students, it addresses many issues resolution titled B-8 Dental Outreach Profaced when participating in these programs. This resolution, submitted at the 2010 grams. The ADEA guidelines can be exAnnual Session to the Council of Professional tended to dental students who haven’t yet Issues, addressed both U.S. dental students as received the appropriate education and well as pre-dental student programs that partictraining for common procedures that take ipate in dental outreach programs (e.g. internaplace on these trips (e.g. administering tional service trips, domestic service trips, or anesthesia, performing extractions, restorvolunteerism in underserved areas). This ing teeth irreversibly, etc.). statement emphasizes three main aspects when it comes to dental outreach programs. First, to As dental students, it is important to adhere not only to the ASDA Code of Ethics, remain aware that it is not necessary to travel but also to the ADA Principles of Ethics and abroad to serve those less fortunate. Locally, in Code of Professional Conduct. Secondly, stu- our community, there is plenty of need for dents are to be directly supervised by dentists dental care and there are programs set up locallicensed to practice, or teach, in the United ly that we can assist with, such as the ACORN States. Lastly, the volunteer is to perform only Dental Clinic, Gainesville Community Minisprocedures for which they have received prop- tries, and We Care Clinic at Santa Fe Commuer education and training for. By taking these nity College. While assisting as first and seaspects into consideration, the ethical values of cond years, or doing procedures as third and non-maleficence and beneficence can be upfourth years, invaluable knowledge and experience will be gained while abiding to the ethics held. codes presented by ASDA and ADA. In addition to ASDA, the ADEA has also addressed the concerns about students For more information regarding resoparticipating in dental outreach programs. lution B-8 please visit the ASDA and ADA They composed a guideline regarding provid- websites. ing patient care during clinical experiences Continued from page 12.


Discovering My Passion for Dentistry

ditions. While he serves at the dental school, he also sees patients at Tacachale dental clinic and at We Care clinic on Monday nights. Dr. Garvey also leads student service trips for UF dental students in different countries.

Quyen T. Pham UF Pre-Dental Society President

My experiences with Dr. Garvey further affirmed my understanding that pursuing a career in dentistry isn’t just about becoming a dentist, but the compassionate role you adopt and examples you lead by to make a difference. Dr. Garvey authenticates what Woodrow

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” Wilson once said,

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I first met Dr. Garvey at We Care night clinic, where I was able to sit chair side and serve as an assistant. At the end of the Upon entering college, I knew I want- night, Dr. Garvey invited myself and several ed to pursue a profession in healthcare. How- other pre-dentals to assist at Shands operating room. During the few opportunities I had in ever, I did not know my vision of “providing the Shands OR with Dr. Garvey, I witnessed healthcare” would involve the dental profesthe energy, skills, and sion. My preconceived passion Dr. Garvey elicview of dentistry as just ited as he treated his an esthetic care and luxpatients. During those ury was a reflection of times, Dr. Garvey my seldom visits to the demonstrated what it dentist as a child and meant to truly make a initial shadowing expedifference by providing riences only at high-end care in dentistry. private practices. Away from the Uncertain clinic, he also manages about which pre-health his time to lead dental route I would commit to health presentations to as an undergraduate, I grade schools. Recently, continued to volunteer Dr. Garvey has introand shadow in different duced me to Pamela clinics. During the fall Fitzgerald (Alachua semester of my sophoCounty Volunteer Promore year, I met Dr. gram Specialist) to work Garvey who inspired me on presentations yearto be more than just a round, rather than just dentist, but also a comone or two months of munity leader and teacher who genuinely the year, to Alachua County’s public schools. serves from the heart to make a difference. Dr. Garvey enabled me to see dentistry in an entirely different way then how I obliviously Dr. Garvey is an assistant clinical viewed it before. professor of pediatric dentistry in the UF ColNot only does Dr. Garvey make a lege of Dentistry, who also focuses on providing dental care for patients with disabling con- difference in his patients’ lives, but

also unconsciously to those who have the opportunity to shadow and work with him. Leading by example, Dr. Garvey has positively influenced my life by demonstrating the many ways to serve, teach, and lead through dentistry. “Paying it forward”, I hope to influence lives the way he has on his patients and others, like myself, in the future.


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using this feature to find your answers, it may prove very helpful.

The University of Florida ASDA has recently developed a new, cutting edge website full of useful information and helpful featuresUFASDA.COM. Some of the features include an updated calendar of all ASDA events, an interactive photo gallery, a custom search bar, useful links and current news feeds, and a fully integrated blog. All of these features make UFASDA.COM a great resource for any updated information related to UF ASDA as well as National ASDA, the ADA, and the FDA. The website can be easily navigated using the menu bar located at the top of each page and quick links in the side bar.

On every page of the UFASDA.COM visitors will see the side bar and footer which are full of helpful links and current news feeds. At the very top of the side bar there is a link bar for many relevant websites like The Next DDS and our Facebook and Twitter pages which we encourage everyone to join. Lower on the side bar you can digitally view the most current issue of the UF ASDA Newsletter, the National ASDA News, and the Mouth Magazine. At the very bottom of each page you can view a list

Links and News Feeds

Calendar UFASDA.COM is linked to ASDA’s GoogleŽ Calendar which is constantly being updated with all upcoming events. All these events are automatically added to the calendar on the website. Every page on UFASDA.COM contains a mini calendar in the side bar which allows users to quickly view upcoming events from anywhere on the website. By following the calendar link on the menu bar you can view events in a monthly view.

Photo Gallery Another great feature is the interactive photo gallery where you can view pictures and videos from recent ASDA events. Photos and videos are organized into albums for each


event and can be viewed as slideshows. If you have any photos or videos of events that you would like added to our photo gallery feel free to email them to Custom Search Bar One of the best resources on UFASDA.COM for finding up to date information on state or national issues and even clinical resources is the custom Google search bar. This allows visitors to perform a single search that will find results from a select number of websites including UFASDA.COM, DENTAL.UFL.EDU, ASDANET.ORG, FLORIDADENTAL.ORG, and ADA.ORG. Next time you are doing some research try

when new posts are made. After registering you can also follow the log in links and leave comments on posts that have been created. We would like to encourage of current news feeds from UFCD, our Twitter everyone to regularly visit UFASDA.COM to Page, and ASDA’s Mouthing Off. By clicking get the most up to date information from UF these links you will be redirected to the full ASDA, National ASDA, the ADA, and the FDA. You should also consider using all the articles. great features and resources, especially the UF | ASDA Blog One of the most interactive features of UFASDA.COM is the powerful WordPress Blog which is integrated into the site. This allows board members to login and create posts with up to date information, pictures, and videos about events and other announcements. Any visitor can also register for the UF ASDA Blog by following the Subscribe links which will give you the option to receive emails

SPEA: Student Professionalism and Ethics Association

bylaws and strategic plan, elect the first national officers, and meet the American College of Dentists trustees that helped the organization get started on a national level.

Angie McNeight, D3, ASDA Ethics Chair

In the new bylaws, SPEA is defined as “a national, student driven association that was established to promote and support a student’s lifelong commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve.” In summary, SPEA is a club made up of dental school students that will provide a forum to discuss ethical dilemmas, study cases, and help students form their own set of ethical values which will provide them a foundation to build on upon graduation.


id you know that in Las Vegas in early October, there was another meeting being held besides the ADA Convention? It was the inaugural meeting of the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association, a new national organization that has now officially formed. Debbie Lowry, the current ASDA professionalism chair, and I attended the inaugural sessions where we helped create the association’s first

blog, for your benefit. New features are already in the process of being developed but If you have any suggestions or ever run into problems while using the website, please feel free to email them to

Eddy Sedeño, D2, ASDA Webmaster

The current Ethics Club at UFCD is changing their name to SPEA so that we will have a chapter affiliated with this national organization. If you would like to join SPEA here at UFCD or get involved on a national level, please let myself or Debbie Lowry know and we will be able to direct you to the right person. Be sure to look out for more information in the near future about the first SPEA meeting here at UF!


October ADA Convention, Las Vegas!

Letter From the Editor There is so much great information in this edition of the newsletter. I encourage all of you to read these articles and see what your peers have to share with you about current events in dentistry, nationally and locally. I thank each and every one of you who wrote articles for this news-

letter; without you this newsletter would not be possible. I would also like to thank our own Dr. Samuel Low and Michael Pappas from The Ohio State College of Dentistry . If you are interested in writing for Gator Dentist Times please contact me at

Carolyn A. Norton, D2, ASDA

Newsletter Editor

The publication of this newsletter was made possible by UF Student Government.

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