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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© 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.