“Relieved, grateful, well-fed!”These were the words expressed as 54international dentists parted after attendingthe UCSF American Student DentalAssociation (ASDA)’s 2nd InternationalPre-Dental Interview Day held on SundayOctober 14th, 2012.ASDA’s International Pre-Dental dayis an event primarily aimed to prepareinternational dentists for upcoming Fallinterviews and to provide additionalinformation regarding the application process to international professionalslooking to further their dental education.Highlights of the program included presentations conducted by currentInternational Dental Program (IDP)students Stalinjeet Gill and Wint Wint Tun(ID3) on interview day overview, interviewetiquette, and tips to achieve a successfulinterview. Subsequent student Q&A panels, mock interviews, and dinner social No. At least thats my prediction, because an implant in 30 years will bemore than just an artificial tooth. Itwill have sensors and microchipsto monitor basic body indicatorssuch as glucose levels, pH andtemperature. There has beenresearch to suggest that this type of information can be collected fromthe oral environment. And specificto dental health, it would be easy to personally monitor the pH of your mouth on a smartphone and makesure it doesn’t dip below 5 for toolong -it would be that much easier to prevent demineralization.In addition, the implantcould serve as a device similar to bluetooth where soundwould be sent fromthe mouth to the ear much like the singinglollipops from the 90s.A microphone in the implant would alsotransmit your voice to a hand-held deviceand you would never have toworry about holding a phone toyour head.The advantage of the implantis that its easier to access thananything placed under the skin. If it ever needed to be upgraded or the battery replaced, perhaps youwould just visit the dentist.Treatment of carious lesionswill change as well. Research atUCSF has demonstrated that a particular laser when focused onenamel can reform the enamelin such a way that it is no longer susceptible to dental caries. If a lesion was only inenamel and treatedwith this laser it wouldensure there would beno recurrent decay.
The singing lollipops of the90s, ‘Soundbites’ may havea similar function as dental implants in the future.
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discussion on bill SB 694 (Padilla),and a vendor fair with exciting rafflegiveaways. As District 11’s first jointASDA/CDA meeting, there couldhave been no better time to discussSenator Padilla’s dental care bill, SB694, strongly advocated by the CDA.Daniel Davidson, DMD, President of CDA stated in his presentation that barriers to dental care are complex andmultifaceted. An estimated 11 millionCalifornians lack dental insurance,and over 200 dental shortage areashave been identified. SB 694 (Padilla)endeavors to improve access to dentalcare for children with two components:the creation of an Office of Oral Health/Dental Director and a workforcestudy of training registered dentalhygienists and advanced registereddental assistants to perform seven procedures outlined in the bill, such asdrilling on teeth for fillings, extracting primary teeth, placing stainless steelcrowns, and performing therapeutic pulpotomy. With ASDA listed on the bill’s Oppose list, attendees of themeeting sought to clarify the specific parameters and implications of the
study. In August, the bill failed passage inthe State Senate because of fiscal concerns.However, according to President Davidson,Sen. Padilla plans to resurrect the bill in thefuture.
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ASDA and CDA Leaders
ASDA aims to support alldental students, domesticand international alike.
Delegates from all 6 California dental schools met to discuss ramications of
the proposed bill SB 694 that would allow hygienists and certain assistants to perform additional procedures in an effort to combat barriers to dental care.