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.

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Does bone loss have to be a normal part of aging?

Does bone loss have to be a normal part of aging?

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CLICK HERE to read the latest article about bone loss in the mouth – as part of both aging and tooth loss – on Colgate Oral Care Center.

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

An Honor and Transition: Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity

For the past four years, I have been a member of the Jewish Dental Fraternity, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. I served as Chapter Vice President, and Chapter Co-President, and worked with the organization in community service and community building endeavors. This May, I am honored to be graduating from student to dentist membership. Congratulations to our new HSDM AO Leadership!

Reach out if you would like more information about the Alpha Omega community in your area.

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

Educating Future Educators

At Harvard School of Dental Medicine, a small cohort of students study dental academia with the interest of possibly pursing dental education in their future careers. I am honored to be among those students, studying with the close mentorship of my academic deans. Even more so, I am excited to share the details of this program with YOU so that we can spread this innovative mentorship program to other dental and higher education programs! It’s time to educate the future educators (and offer exposure to a field many of us simply don’t know enough about :)).

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CLICK HERE to read the article  in the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society.

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

 

Where the time has gone…

Hi there!

It’s been so long that I posted, that I can’t even remember where we left off. And that’s a good thing, because SO MUCH has happened in this wonderful year!

To start, I currently ‘work’ (as a dental student extern) at the most AMAZING community health center providing dental care. You can read about my experience in cultural barriers and cultural competence at Kevin MD.

CLICK HERE to read the article on KevinMD!

I adopted the sweetest morkie puppy, named Joey. 

And he is coming with me to Tucson to meet his big brother – another morkie – named Sammy! You can follow the fun of this little pup growing older on Instagram. In fact, most of the social media for this website has switched gears from Twitter to Instagram in the recent discovery of this website that everyone else seems to have been using for years :p joey photo.png

I also recently passed my dental licensing examination!!!

With the incredible help of classmates, colleagues, and patients, and the wonderful support of my family and faculty, my entire class passed our licensing credentials. There were some hiccups in the licensing exam day, and we really pulled together as a team to see everyone through. My patient later texted me in utmost gratitude, and I truly feel heartwarmed by the opportunity to provide my three patients with their care. As I told them on licensing day, this is the best FILLING/SIX-TOOTH-CLEANING you will EVER receive. We’re pulling out ALL the stops! #raisingthestandardofcare

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I began posting my ‘Grateful 5’ on facebook every day. 

This is a list of all the little moments and amazing people who made an impact in the past 24 hours. I love sharing this with friends, reflecting on these moments myself, and looking back at all the great days that fill a week! And I encourage each of you to start a gratitude practice of your own. Even if you prefer to keep your lists to yourselves, remember now and then to give that special thanks aloud to someone who impacted your day. Letting them know can truly bring joy to their days, too ♥

As an example, here’s a day when I posted a Grateful *you read that right* TEN!

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And if that weren’t enough …

I found my new apartment to start Pediatric Dental Residency in July, scheduled a graduation/birthday gift trip to Nashville (I turn 27 on May 27! The numerical pattern is oddly titillating), and GRADUATE from Comedy School at ImprovBoston on Monday. You Can Purchase Tickets HERE. 

2019 is a challenging, rewarding, and all-together amazing year.

Here’s to many more exciting moments! (And an attempt to get back to the blogging world :))

What moments have you been grateful for this year? Let’s celebrate them!

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

Empowering Children Through Healthy Smiles

Give Kids A Smile 2019 brought smiles to the faces of 50 children in only 3 hours!

This morning, Harvard School of Dental Medicine provided free dental care to any child who walked through our clinic doors, connecting 50 families to a dental home. The children we met were amazing, and the volunteers were out of this world.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about GKAS and this morning’s event.

And reach out if you want to get involved in GKAS in your area!

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

The face behind the blog

This week was Match Day for dental students in the United States.

I am so honored and grateful to be training in pediatric dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital – Harvard! My class at Harvard School of Dental Medicine is filled with 34 shining examples of hard work, compassion, and determination, and I am honored to be standing by their side through this journey. In five months, this group of dental students will become dentists!!!! I couldn’t be more proud of this dental family.

Do you have questions about dental school or residency? Reach out. I’m happy to be of assistance in any way I can.

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