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Lingual Groove Sept 2012

Lingual Groove Sept 2012

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Providing Dentistry toUnderprivileged Children in Tanzania
The LingualGroove
September 2012
 Alpha Nu Chapter 2Pregnant in DS 3National AVAD 4 Yay for Grey 5 Time Management 6Dental Crossword 7Inside this issue: 
This summer, Dr. Abbas Fazel, anadjunct faculty member at the Ar-izona School of Dentistry andOral Health (ASDOH) and aBoard member of K2AdventuresFoundation, a non-profit 501©3organization, and five dental stu-dents from ASDOH headed toKilimanjaro, Tanzania. This wasa humanitarian mission trip, the purpose of which was to providemuch needed dental treatment tochildren at an orphanage andschool in the town of Moshi(Mwereni Integrated School andOrphanage). Most of the childrenat the orphanage are blind, albinoor have an autosomal recessivegenetic disorder called XP(xeroderma pigmentosum) whichmakes their skin very sensitive tosunlight. These children devel-oped skin tumors frequently andhave a very short life span. Noneof them had ever seen a dentistandmany of them were in dire need of dental care.K2 Adventures was able to raisefunds to build and equip this den-tal clinic in the grounds of theschool. The project was complet-ed in April of 2012 and the firstteam of students from ASDOHtravelled to Tanzania in June of 2012. The group comprised of Dr. Fazel and five ASDOH dentalstudents including Nadia Fazel(D3), Sarah Usher (D3), Erin Ay-ing (D3), Nipa Patel (D4), andAbrahim Caroci (D4). DustinUsher, an information technologyexpert who works at ASDOH,also accompanied the team andset up a networking of 25 comput-ers that were donated to theschool and was able to provide thechildren with internet access.After speaking with the headmas-ter of the school, the grouplearned that there are less than500 dentists for over 45 millionTanzanians. The dental studentswere able to screen 100% of theorphans at the school and wereable to perform much neededdental care that included clean-ings, fillings, extractions and pulpotomies. Many of these
children have “mottling” of their 
teeth (including their front teeth)due to excessive fluoride intake intheir diet. These teeth were treat-ed cosmetically which made thechildren very appreciative andhappy to smile again! Once theorphans were taken care of, westarted screening and treating thechildren at the school. The dentalgroup kept a record of all the stu-dents that were screened, catego-rized them from preventive to ur-gent care, took their photos, andnoted if they needed more treat-ment. The goal of the data was tomaintain sustainability, so thatfuture and current dentists thatvisit the school will have the datato continue treatment for the chil-dren.
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Delta Sigma Delta
Alpha Nu Chapter
 Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Providing Dentistry to Children inTanzania
The Lingual Groove
One of the biggest rewards was to givedental care to the children, mainlywith special needs. The group gavedental care to children with XP dis-ease, and learned from a local Tanza-nian dermatologist that it is unlikelythat they will live past 30 years due tothe exposure to sunlight. The schoolfaculty gives the children hats andlong sleeves to prevent sun exposureto their skin. Other children thatwere treated were albino. The grouplearned that the albino childrenwere hunted and slaughtered be-cause their bones are thought to provide medical cures. Though this practice has been abolished and thechildren are protected, they still live infear of their lives. Currently theschool is building a wall around the premises to further protect the chil-dren. Although some of the childrenare blind, they are still very happy anda pleasure to be around. The dentalgroup learned a lot from the childrenand hopes that more dentists will stepup and volunteer in the efforts of  providing much needed dental care tothe children at Mwereni.K2 Adventures and Dr. Fazel are hop-ing to bring back dentists and dentalstudents more frequently to Tanzania.If you would like to participate on thisdental service trip, please contact Dr.Fazel atafazel@atsu.edu,Kevinkev- ing@k2adventures.org,or Kristen atKristen@k2adventures.org. 
 pha Nu chapter kicked off anexciting new school year with severalactivities to welcome back our mem- bers and the Class of 2016! We be-gan the year with a Lu-Au party withthe entering D1 class, a lunch andlearn and instrument orientation ses-sion. Rush week consisted of a scav-enge hunt, laser tag and philanthropicefforts at the Garden of Hope. Our rush week concluded with an annualinitiation dinner, where sixteen of our new
initiates celebrated join-ing DSD with our Faculty Advi-sor, Dr. Bell and ASDOH staff.
 This year, we started a new traditionof Big-Little Brother/Sister, to helpguide and support colleges. Addition-ally, our academic chair, Josh
initiated weekly tutoring session to
help aid D1’s transition to dental
school. Goals for Alpha Nu this year include focusing more on connectingwith alumni and other Delts at na-tional conferences and events, com-munity outreach, fundraising, anddeveloping our yearbook. With amyriad number of goals in mind, welook forward to another remarkableAlpha Nu year!
~Erin Aying, ASDOH‘14
~Yu Ong, ASDOH ‘15
Pregnant in Dental School
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Gaining 30 pounds during
dental school isn’t exactly oneveryone’s bucket list. Some
may give the excuse of toomany late nights poundingCheetos and red bulls whilstmemorizing the cranial nervesand their branches. My excusecame after nine months andthe occasional odd glance atmy maternity scrubs. Butthose 30 pounds, or what cameof them , have become thegreatest accomplishment of my life. Having a baby indental school? Unheard of? No. Uncommon? Perhaps.Doable? Yes. Worth it? Abso-lutely.I had my son, Ki ngston, near the end of my second year of dental school just before wetransitioned into clinicfulltime. This turned out to bea rather fortunate time in our class schedule and I was ableto take a few weeks off with
the support of our faculty. I’mnot sure that there is a ‘besttime’ to have a baby during
school, but for me the end of our second year came prettyclose. As a third year work-ing in clinic most of the day, Ihave a lot more free time atnight now to spend with myson and husband.
But timing wasn’t as important
of a factor for me as was sup- port
support from my hus- band and family, friends, andour school faculty. Every den-tal program is different, but Itruly felt the encouragementand support of my facultyfrom the moment I announcedI was pregnant, and weworked together to schedule personal leave time and ensurethat my school requirementswould still be met. I never wanted any special treatmentnor felt that I deserved any dueto my personal circumstances, but the truth is that each of us
as dental students, as people
all have individual circum-stances and all have lives out-side of dental school. My fac-ulty saw that I was ready andwilling to balance the two, andhave worked with me to do so
individual professors ar-ranged and adjusted due dates,opened up the sim-clinic for make-up work, and allowedthe time away I needed to re-cover.And I am ever grateful for thehelp of my husband, family,and friends who have helpedshare the load by helping outat home, babysitting,or simply helping mecatch up on missedcoursework. Dentalschool can be a lot of work and require a lotof time; so can a baby.But putting in the timeand work is only half 
of the battle; I’vefound that it’s im-
 portant to ask for andrely on the help, sup- port, and encourage-ment of others whentrying to accomplish greatthings. My success as a moth-er, and as a dentist, will beshaped by the many other hands that lift, teach, and sup- port me along the way.Most of that 30 pounds is nowgone and I can easily fit back into my old clinic scrubs. ButI now have a smiling, drooleylittle guy to show for it. Eachof us as dental students spendour days learning how to bet-ter care for and improve thequality of life of our patients.And each of us go home at theend of the day and choose tospend the remainder of our time in a variety of fashions. Iam no different; I just get tospend the rest of my timelearning how to better care for and improve the quality of lifeof my son. Or rather, he isdoing that for me.
~ Larisa Smith, ASDOH ‘14
Legislative WeekAt ASDOHSeptember 17-24
Come learn about issues affecting YOU and the field of dentistry! There will be free food at all the events.For more information on how to get involved, please email Angela Lee (ahlee@atsu.edu  ) 
9/17 ADPAC & Cookies
9/18 Home StateLegislative Issues
9/20 How To Workshop:Wrting to Your StateLegislators
9/24 Congressman Dr. PaulGosar comes to ASDOH

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