Frequently Asked Questions in the Dental World

As a pediatric dental resident at a leading children’s hospital, life has been busy! And blog posts have been far and few between. However, I still have been actively pushing away at my computer keys, answering the many, frequently asked questions dental patients have about their oral health and dental care. I’ve even been answering some of the questions providers may have in treating their day-to-day patients in the dental chair through my Colgate Oral Care Center and Colgate Professional blogs. And it’s time I bring this information back home to my readers on my own homepage.

Use the links below to find the answers to your dental questions, and feel free to share the links with your friends, families, or patients in your care.

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  1. How bad is your breath really? This article answers questions like ‘What causes bad breath,’ ‘How a dentist measures bad breath,’ and ‘How to reduce your bad breath.’
  2. Your Guide to Denture Alternatives – Everything from implants to overdentures and the process to decide on your best treatment option.
  3. Sedation vs Anesthesia at the Dental Office: What’s the Difference? – An overview of the important risks and benefits when choosing levels of sedation at the dental office.
  4. Sleep Dentistry: A Way to Ease Dental Phobia – Tools to help you manage dental anxiety behaviorally and pharmacologically.

And some exciting topics are coming soon, including:

  1. Antibiotics for a Toothache – When to Expect a Prescription from Your Dentist
  2. Types of Removable Partial Dentures to Restore Your Smile
  3. Maryland Bridges as a Tooth Replacement Option
  4. Why a Homemade Filling Won’t Fix Your Cavity
  5. Early Childhood Caries: Prevention at Home and in the Dental Office
  6. Is Diet for Caries Prevention in your Home Care Instructions?
  7. 5 Tips on How to Shadow a Dentist
  8. The Risks of Clear Aligners
  9. Caring for LGBTQ Patients

AND MORE!

Do you have a question that isn’t answered by one of the topics on this list? Reach out at mirissa.price@childrens.harvard.edu or through the comment section on my blog, and I’ll get a complete, evidence-based answer direct to you!

 

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Dental Oncology

What does the dentist have to do with your cancer treatment?

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CLICK HERE to read the latest Colgate Oral Care Center and learn about how the dental oncologist can play a role on your or your loved one’s oncology team.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

“I would be a dentist”

On May 27, I turned 27 as a Harvard dental student. On May 30, I ‘turned into’ a dentist, called to the stage for the first time as Dr. Mirissa Danielle Price, DMD.

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After graduation, in between family gatherings and moving trucks, I started reading my colleagues social media posts. Everyone had a story. Everyone had a struggle they overcame and an interesting twist that brought them to that graduation stage. Everyone’s story deserved a seat under the commencement tent. Not a single person made it to that stage alone.

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For each and every one of us graduating that day, the journey was a challenge. For most of us, it was hardly direct. My aspirations and postgraduate plans shifted along the way. I sought help and guidance, and certainly did not get through the journey without a team, a family, and a newfound community alongside me. Harvard became home. Cambridge became life. Dentistry remained my passion, along with my new morkie puppy and love of country music.

Words could express the gratitude I felt for everyone who guided me to that stage, but there were too many people to thank. Too many names to name as I downsized apartments. Instead, I took to heart the words that my medical school colleague announced in his statement to the audience:

“If you think your name is on this [thank you] list, it is.”

I would add to that, too, if you don’t think your name is on that list, I’m four out of five dentists sure that it is (a statistic of my [finally official] profession). 

In graduating, I thought about writing my story, sharing my journey and thanking the strongest guiding forces along the way. And my choice, instead, was to celebrate US ALL. To celebrate the community that reached graduation together, and share that celebration with THIS POST on the Harvard School of Dental Medicine page.

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To the class of 2019 – whatever stage of education you are in – congratulations! To the community that surrounds this class (so effectively to each and every one of you), a heartfelt congratulations and most sincere thank you. We all did this together.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Small Smiles

I find joy in helping build the health of small smiles …

and in preparing for the next step of my journey towards that career.

Where do you find joy? What have you done today to experience that joy? If nothing yet, there’s plenty of time! Go out and create your smile!

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

My Story of Giving Kids Smiles – A Feature on the American Dental Association Foundation

Every year, Give Kids A Smile provides pain-free smiles to children across the United States.

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It is a true gift and honor to serve as a national Give Kids A Smile Ambassador and help this program grow and reach new heights. Recently, my experience with Give Kids A Smile and with a specific, marvelous young patient was featured on the American Dental Association Foundation website. To learn more about the program and read about my experiences with young Evan, CLICK HERE.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.