I recently read an article entitled Waterpik vs Floss which as the title suggested discussed the differences between the two devices and gave advice on which one was better. The conclusion surprised me. They basically said that both items were ideal for cleaning in between your teeth. Although the brand Water Pik Inc., is synonymous with oral irrigators there are actually other brands available.
You see, it turns out that each tool is better suited to certain roles. For example oral irrigators are sublime at washing away food debris that gets lodged in between your teeth. They are also great when using dental floss is difficult or painful to do. For example if you have braces or dental implants. There is also a job that oral flossing tools can do that regular dental floss cannot. That is flush out the areas of your mouth that are never reached by toothbrushes, even electric ones. They can remove toxins that carry plaque. The most popular oral irrigator at the moment is the waterpik® Ultra desktop model. It consistently gets great reviews from professionals and home users alike.
There is a very helpful website called Flossophy 101 which has unbiased guides and reviews to help you discover the right electric irrigator for your needs. My favorite guide of theirs is their best oral flossing reviews.
Do not worry I have not forgotten to talk about dental floss. Plaque is a very sticky substance on your teeth and to physically remove it, it is better to use a physical product that makes contact with plaque. Guess what that product is? You guessed it, dental floss. My personal favorite type is waxed. You can also get dental picks and floss holders as well but in my opinion they are a bit fiddly to use.
So as you can see, if you have the time, patience and money, combining a water flosser with regular old waxed floss will make your dentist a very happy man (or women) and keep your teeth in perfect health.
Humpback Hike Social on Friday, April 12 from 2-5pm. Rides will be leaving from Bonnycastle at 2pm. Be on the lookout for an email from Sarah to sign up!
University of Maryland Dental School Trip will be on April 13th. Further details will be announced. RSVP to Taylor (tsp3ag) by Wednesday, April 10th to reserve your spot! Please include your phone number and whether you can/are willing to drive (an extra point will be given to any drivers, along with money reimbursement)
PDS Bake Sale: Tuesday, April 16th on the Lawn from 11:30-1:30. You can get points for bringing baked goods and/or volunteering for half hour shifts! Be on the lookout for an email from Frances to sign up.
MOM Project on April 19th and 20th! This will be at the Covenant Church (1025 Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901). Unfortunately, there are no more openings for volunteers, so look out for future events if you have not already registered.
4th Year and Grad Q&A Panel will be on Monday, April 22 from 8-9pm. PDS will be hosting a discussion style panel where members will have the opportunity to ask accepted dental school students about the application and interviewing process. There is still room for a couple more panelists. Email Sarah (sy4cf) or Taylor (tsp3ag) ASAP.
Dr. Healy had been in private practice for 14-15 years before he moved to academics. He said that this was one of the benefits in dentistry that you can do a variety of things with your degree.
One aspect that makes VCU Dental School unique is that students are able to take 2 simulation labs. The first is called DentSim and lets students use a tool that is recorded by a computer that graphically displays the cuts they make on models. This gives the chance for you to have your work compared to the standard and gives opportunity for a lot of feedback. The other lab is called the Mannequin lab where students work without software on models to refine their skills.
VCU Dental is unique in that they urge students to get as much clinical time as possible. While there is a lot of classroom time and opportunities to use the technology and simulation labs early, students get the chance to work with patients as much as four months earlier than at other dental schools (around the time of sophomore year).
In preparing yourself to be a stand-out applicant, pre-dental students are highly encouraged to take more than the basic requirements. This means going beyond the minimum credits for biology and taking immunology or microbiology for instance. Other classes that can help make you a more competitive applicant include cell biology, genetics, anatomy/physiology, histology, endocrinology, virology, embryology, etc. Not only will these give the admissions board a chance to see how you can handle higher level classes, but they will definitely prepare you for the rigorous curriculum of dental school.
If you have any class in which you have earned a C, you do not need to retake it. However, if you have any D’s or F’s on your transcript, you should retake these. This is because dental schools do not award D’s to any of their students—if you get below a C, then it’s a failing grade.
AP/IB credit can be accepted if UVA has accepted it for a requirement for you to graduate.
If you are a transfer from a community college, be sure to have at least 60 credits from UVA. It is okay if you took core classes like organic chemistry at your community college, but the admissions board will take this into consideration when reviewing your application.
In general it is not recommended to take prerequisite courses over the summer. When ranking the acceptability of taking prerequisite courses over the summer from most ideal to least ideal:
- Ideally at UVA
- If not at UVA, then at another university
- At a community college
- In another country
When filling out your application on AADSAS
, be sure to fill out the categories completely. Make a list of all your awards, dental experience, extracurricular/community service, employment, research, and academic enrichment experiences. For instance, being on the Dean’s List, being an Echol’s Scholar, having come to college on an academic scholarship, or being part of an honor society count as awards.
Use the extracurricular/volunteer/community service section to tell the admissions board about yourself! They see it as a guide to who you are and what interests you. You should show what makes you unique and a stand-out applicant.
VCU Dental School likes to see 100-150 hours of shadowing!! This is important because you can get a feel of if you really like the career field if you have done this many hours of shadowing. It will really solidify why you want to be a dentist. Of these shadowing hours, most should be from a general dentist and it is good to have variety in the number of practices you observe in. Be sure to get the letter of recommendation from the dentist from whom you spent the most hours shadowing.
It is okay not to have research experience; however, it will be a positive on your application. That is not to say though that you will not be accepted if you don’t have research. Many applicants are accepted who do not have this, but other positive aspects of their application.
In reading the application, the admissions board pays particular attention to the descriptions of your shadowing. Dr. Healy called these “tweets” because they are about the length of posts on Twitter.
The applicant pool for VCU has generally been about 2500 for a class of 95 students. The national pool is about 12,000 applicants for less than 5000 seats across all dental schools. For VCU the average GPA of the incoming freshman has been just shy of a 3.6 and the average DAT has been a 20 Academic Average, with a 21 Reading Comprehension and a 19 Math.
Monday, June 3rd 2013 will be when AADSAS opens for the 2013-2014 cycle. In mid-June, AADSAS will begin to forward these application files to individual schools. It is important to be early in the pool of applicants. However, the DAT is not required at the time of application (as long as your schools are sent to the schools within the next month or so).
November 1st is the deadline for applying to VCU. December 1st is when the first round of acceptances will be sent out. January and February are when the second and third rounds of acceptances will be sent out, and April 1st is when deposits are due.
In crafting your personal statement, include a “hook” first sentence and make sure it has positives from beginning to end. No need to include any negative perspectives of dentistry or your academic record. This is the time to explain why you’re passionate about pursuing dentistry. It should be about one page single-spaced.
Hey guys, here’s a brief overview of last night’s meeting.
Samantha Chao, a UVA ’12 graduate, presented about the Medical Reserve Corps at the beginning of the meeting. She discussed what she does as the Coordinator of the Virginia Department of Health for the Medical Reserve Corps and the various opportunities for volunteers to get involved. There are orientations to attend to get trained and volunteers have the choice to be as involved as they want. You can visit their website at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/mrc/
For the rest of the meeting, members of the executive board went over different ways to get involved in the field of dentistry. Many of the resources and opportunities they shared were what convinced them that dentistry was the right career path for them. The powerpoint has been put on our website, under the resources tab.