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Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond. ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

The Lingual Groove

By Erin Aying
It’s 4:54am, East Coast Time and I’m still feeling the high of our ASDOH Chapter winning three, I repeat three, ASDA Awards including IDEAL ASDA! The Ideal ASDA is the most coveted award that 63+ dental schools between the United States and Puerto Rico compete to obtain. The Ideal ASDA award is presented to the chapter that encompasses all the elements that makes the ideal chapter. This year, ASDOH sent shock waves down us all and took home the ultimate prize at the first annual Gold Crown Awards. Our ASDOH Chapter also won Outstanding Information of Website Content as well as 2nd place in the Crest and Oral-B Community Dentistry Awards. This year at the 2012 Minneapolis Annual Session, our chapter was fortunate to win three awards, and we are so proud to be the recipient of the IDEAL ASDA award! Overall, Annual Session has been informative as well as fun. Topics ranging from mid-level providers, alternate careers in dentistry, choosing the executive council, and many more events were discussed. Our chapter is growing and doing exciting and innovative things. We have revamped our website, created outstanding community service, fundraising events, and so much more. We have participated in fun activities such as talent show, golf tournament, dental formal ball, while still recognizing the political side of ASDA such as legislation and national lobby day. For the first time ever in the history of our ASDA chapter, we have traveled to Cambodia for a dental mission in March 2012. Our ASDA strives to improve every year. ASDA encompasses the entire student body of ASDOH. Each member, and yes I am talking

to you, can help us maintain our excellence. Join us in our events and be an active member. If you’re a pre-dental, you can join ASDA and pay on our chapter website! Remember that ASDOH is an auto-enrolled school, so be sure to take advantage of our benefits such as discounts on The Next DDS, Geico, T-Mobile, just to name a few. You are a part of our ASDA, and winning IDEAL ASDA is as much as your award as it is ours. We hope you will continue to help out and join in on our events. Hope to see you at our next event!

This year alone, 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Walk, on Saturday April 21st, was an event aimed to increase awareness of oral cancer, celebrate survivorship, promote the importance of early detection and prevention, remember our loved ones, and take part in a free oral cancer screening. Funds raised from the walk were donated to the Oral Cancer Foundation and will go towards cancer research, promoting public awareness, and reaching underserved populations. You can make a difference in thousands of lives and help support those who are battling oral cancer just by joining the walk next year or making a donation. You can sign up for the event at the http:// walk.html

ASDOH ASDA 1st Dental Mission Trip
By Angela Lee
One-2-One Charitable Trust is a non for profit organization that provides hope to the future of Cambodia. In 1999, the roots of the organization were planted in New Zealand in order to meet the needs of the disadvantaged in the Christchurch community. Since then, One-2-One’s mission has expanded to serve the vulnerable and destitute people of Cambodia. According to the UN, 80% of the Cambodian population is designated as “poor”. The leaders of One-2One recognized the need for help in Cambodia, and set the course to establish the non-governmental organization (NGO), One-2-One Cambodia, as their daughter charity group. One-2-One Cambodia is committed to improve the lives of orphans, street children, people with HIV, and prisoners, by providing free dental and medical care in the deprived communities in Cambodia. Another one of the many remarkable aspects of One-2-One Cambodia is its dedication to fostering the growth of talented young people, through educational sponsorships and training courses. Adolescents and young adults from impoverished communities are chosen by One-2-One Cambodia to leave their families in order to pursue higher education and attend reputable schools and universities in Phnom Penh. Continued on next page

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led them to Phnom Penh. Throughout the week, we learned that some students rarely saw their families, and others were orphans. Several students were the only one out of their siblings lucky enough to attend school. One student expressed his anguish in not being able to attend to his sick father, but accepted his duty to study hard and earn a degree in civil engineering in order to provide for his family and community in the future. All of the students had a heart of service, and contributed to underserved communities in different ways. The medical and nursing students dedicated weekends and nights to the mobile medical clinic, orphanages, and visited prisons to provide care. On the next day, we were joined by dental students, dental nurses, and dentists, who were all One-2-One volunteers. The 20+ of us squeezed into a large van on a journey to our clinic site. Weaving through oncoming traffic and passing by fields and livestock, we finally reached the rural regions of Cambodia. The drive to the clinic site every morning was a humbling experience. We passed by bare-footed villagers sitting outside their homes made of metal pieces, and wooden or bamboo sticks. The children were thin, the adults grew tired faces, and the animals were emaciated. The clinic site was a church, a small concrete building surrounded by bamboo and weeds. There was an outhouse, with a simple hole in the ground, and without clean water and soap. There was also a watering hole, where the children and clothed adults bathed, just a few feet away from the church doors. During the first morning, we all set up the dental equipment inside the church and sanitization stations outside. There were four operative chairs, and three extraction chairs inside the church. Each ASDOH ASDA member was paired with a Cambodian dental student and we took turns being operator and assistant after each patient. It was a great combination of skills, in that the U.S. dental students were more confident in performing operative procedures, and the Cambodian dental students and dental nurses were experts in performing extractions. The patients, who were of all ages, were first screened outside by dental nurses and/ or a dentist.

These students are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive free room and board, and their tuition paid for by their sponsors’ donations. The students are selected based on their ambitious goals and commitment to serve their communities as future professionals. Some students at One-2-One were in high school, others were medical students, nursing students, engineering students, and a few were taking informal classes with the organization staff, while waiting for an official sponsor. The sponsors are only obligated to donate to a student for one year, so all of the resident students’ futures were up to fate, every year. From March 11- March 16, 2012, ASDOH ASDA members had the pleasure of working with One-2-One staff and volunteers to provide free dental care in the Kandal province, about 1.5 hours outside of Phnom Penh. We arrived to the Khairos guest house that is run by the resident students, and were greeted by the house leader, Konnga. She explained that the first floor had two large rooms that were reserved for visitors. These visitors are often volunteers from overseas, (like us, ASDOH students), or just travelers that are exploring the city. The second floor is reserved for the resident students, one room for the girls, and another room for the boys. The residents take turns cooking meals and cleaning for all of the students and the guests every day. They also offer free laundry service to the visitors. On the first night, the students took us to the Mekong River via the One-2-One tuk-tuk, for a boat ride. On the boat, we ate fruits and snacks, sang songs, played games, Continued on next page and really enjoyed each other’s company. It was so inspiring and refreshing to see these young people full of energy and life, despite the devastating circumstances that

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Then, they were asked to come in to the clinic with a paper that indicated their immediate needs for treatment. All of us had the opportunity to administer local anesthesia, prep Class I, II, III, IV, and V’s, restore with glass ionomer, amalgam, or composite, learn to use foreign instruments for extractions of severely decayed teeth and root tips, and write prescriptions for amoxicillin, and/or paracetamol, or ibuprofen. Our work was approved either by International University of Cambodia trained dentist, Dr. Kimsreang, or University of Sheffield trained dentist, Dr. Neil, a volunteer originally from the UK. Outside of the clinic was the dispensary for medications, and the delivering of oral hygiene products, in addition, to some oral hygiene education. During the week of service, ASDOH ASDA members learned basic dental terminology in Khmer, the Cambodian language. We asked patients to “ha” (open), “cam” (bite), “stah”, or spit, into the small trash cans due to the lack of suction, and exchanged “akoun” (thank you) with the patients at the end of treatment. There was a lot of broken English and mispronounced Khmer words heard at the mobile clinic. Often times, the language barrier was hard to overcome between operator and assistant, so we resulted to pointing and gesturing instead. One of the dental students spoke some Mandarin Chinese, so I often spoke in Chinese for him to translate into Khmer to his fellow classmates, and vice versa. Despite the hours of hard work in dripping sweat, due to the humidity in Cambodia, and lack of air flow through the mobile site, every day was a rewarding experience and offered awesome learning opportunities. The D2’s, who are just about to enter clinic, feel much more confident about their skills and are better prepared in doing dentistry. The upperclassmen gained more experience in treating patients, especially in extractions. Every day, ASDOH ASDA members were driven back and forth from Khairos by One-2-One Cambodia’s staff member, Mr. Boeurn. He is an amazing individual, who has dedicated his life’s work to helping NGOs and nonprofit organizations grow and succeed. Lastly, the hospitality at Khairos is unexplainable in words. Just imagine coming home to your brothers and sisters that are so thrilled to have you home, awaiting your arrival to start eating dinner, and discussing all the details of your day. We had the opportunity to get to know most of the resident students, and we were able to share things about ourselves as well. By the end of the week, we were all part of one family and it was so hard to say good bye. Wiping away tears at the airport, I made a promise to my brothers and sisters that I would return to Cambodia in a couple of years after graduation. I also made a promise to myself, to support One-2-One Cambodia for many years to come. I am so thankful that I came across this organization during my search to plan an ASDOH ASDA dental mission trip, and that I had the support of my community service co-chair, Amy Truong, and other ASDA leaders, Erin Aying, Breanna Prater, and Brian Huh to fundraise and advertise for this opportunity. Also, special thanks to our vice president, Onika Patel, for helping to gather donations for dental supplies and toys that were distributed to the children. I hope that our ASDA chapter continues to support One-2 -One Cambodia, either through an annual mission trip to Cambodia, or through sponsoring a Cambodian student to attend a university. The brutal genocide of intellectuals and millions of families in the late 1970s by the Khmer rouge had left the country in complete ruins. The goal of One-2-One is to invest in the youth of Cambodia, to educate Cambodians to become strong and successful, in order to help other Cambodians follow in their footsteps, and eventually make the nation self-sustainable. Together, we can make a huge difference in young people’s lives, and help to make a great impact in the country of Cambodia.
Please visit the ASDA Dental Mission Trip to Cambodia blog: for more detailed descriptions of our trip. If you would like to donate to future mission trips, help sponsor a Cambodian student, or would like to see pictures, please visit: The majority of the funds paid to One-2-One Cambodia by the ASDOH ASDA volunteers were used to support the organization and help sponsor Cambodian students.

Free Community Health and Wellness Day
By Kinslee Scamaldo
A.T. Still University partnered with The Chandler CARE Center to host the fifth annual Free Community Health and Wellness Day on Saturday April 28 in Chandler, AZ. There were hundreds of volunteers from several different programs, including physician assistant, audiology, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental, and medical. With the help of faculty from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), Arizona School of Dental and Oral health (ASDOH), and School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOMA), the student volunteers were able to provide a varied number of ser- The dental students provided screenings and oral health instruction for a total of 97 patients, 66 adults and 31 vices. children. A total of 54 patients received fluoride varnish Free Community Health and Wellness is an annual event and sealants were placed on 134 teeth. that hopes to provide the community with a vast array of free health services ranging from medical exams to den- The students in the athletic training program created an tal procedures. This year a total of 250 individuals were obstacle course for the children and provided nutritional information as well. A total of 2 faculty and 5 student seen, which is an increase from years prior. This is a trend the faculty as well as the students would like to see audiology volunteers performed hearing screens for a total of 57 participants (27 adults and 30 children). continue. The Physician Assistant students, along with the SOMA students provided general medical exams, vital health readings, and health education to approximately 80 community members. These individuals ranged from infant to geriatric, males and females, and gave the students an unforgettable experience. The physical therapy student volunteers provided balance assessments, activity and nutritional information, bike helmet fitting, back pack safety and proper lifting techniques, as well as children’s activities: jump-rope, skip-it, and hula, hooping. The students ended their day by raffling off an adult and child size bike helmets, jump ropes, and skip-its. The event was an overwhelming success for both the students and community members. Every student volunteer not only learned something new, but now has this experience to help guide them on their journeys through health care.

7th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day
By Monika Kowalski wonderland of games, face painting, and prizes encompassed by live mu- The Crocodile’s Toothache sic. In addition to the myriad of activities famous characters such as the tooth fairy, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, Belle, Snow White, Pocahontas, and Jasmine made their rounds to say hello and ease the fears of some frightened children. The magnitude and success of this year’s event required extreme dedicaThe Crocodile tion and hard work from Went to the dentist Fear, a four-letter word that dentists students and volunteers that spanned across And sat down in the chair, many months of planning. The compassion And the dentist said, "Now tell me, encounter on a daily basis as patients sit sir, that is evident in the hundreds of people down in a dental chair and ask, “Will this Why does it hurt and where?" hurt?” For some this fear can be difficult to that take part to run this event demonstrates And the Crocodile said, "I'll tell you the truth, overcome, and in the eyes of a child it can the commitment that these healthcare proI have a terrible ache in my tooth," viders and community dental volunteers prove to be an impenetrable obstacle. And he opened his jaws so wide, so have to the people they serve. Each year the wide, This year Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH) held its 7th event grows to become stronger with more The the dentist, he climbed right inside, annual Give Kids A Smile Day on Friday, volunteers and larger numbers of children And the dentist laughed, "Oh isn't April 13, where children from elementary treated. Therefore it is exciting to see what this fun?" As he pulled the teeth out, one by schools around the city were brought by the the next year will bring. one. bus-full to receive free dental treatment. And the Crocodile cried, "You're This provided many children with a first hurting me so! Please put down your pliers and let time opportunity to receive oral healthcare. me go." Dentists from the community as well as But the dentist laughed with a Ho their staff, ASDOH’s own dentists and facHo Ho, And he said, "I still have twelve to ulty, former graduates, and every ASDOH gostudent across all four years came together Oops, that's the wrong one, I confor the sole purpose of helping these chilfess, But what's one crocodile's tooth dren who may have not had access to dental more or less?" healthcare otherwise. From the perspective Then suddenly, the jaws went of a D2 student, it was pretty amazing to be SNAP, And the dentist was gone, right off a part of the nation’s largest Give Kids A the map, Smile(GKAS) event. And where he went one could only This year we were able to see over guess... To North or South or East or 320 kids in one morning. Children began to West... arrive at 9:00am where they waited in line He left no forwarding address. to receive various treatments ranging from But what's one dentist, more or less? cleanings, extractions and even stainless steel crowns. Post-treatment the kids were -Shel Silverstein led outside where they were met with a

Congratulations to ASDOH Class of 2012 on graduating! Everyone at ASDOH and ASDA is very proud to have you serving our communities all over the nation. And a special congratulations to those continuing on to specialties. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.
Here are just a few of your fellow students who were accepted into residency programs Alissa Borda—GPR Residency, Greater Puget Sound VA Hospital Trent C. Buehler — Air Force AEGD Stephanie Canton— AEGD, Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities Fellowship , University of Washington, Seattle, WA Clark Chen— Prosthodontics, University of California San Francisco Shane Clark— Endodontics, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry Trent Clifton— Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Kentucky Rena J. Christman— Pediatric Dental Residency, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Matthew Dahar — Pediatric Dental Residency, Medical University of South Carolina Marian Farag— AEGD, VA Bay Pines, Maderia Beach, FL Stephen Hutton — Periodontics, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda Naval Post Graduate Dental School (Washington D.C.) Maryam Meschi— Pediatric Residency Program, Baylor College of Dentistry James McLaughlin— Army Prosthodontic Residency Program Jessics Nguyen— AEGD, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health Rakhee Patel—GRP, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY Hemali Rajyaguru— Orthodontics, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health Avanija Reddy—Pediatrics, University of Alabama School of Dentistry Jeremiah Sturgill—Orthodontics, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health