Blogs in the Field of Dentistry

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rsz_3884823165_99c9832cb5.jpgSo let me first address that yes... I want to be a dentist. And I know what you're thinking, "I hate the dentist! They are so scary! Why do you want to be a dentist?" Let me tell you, I am one of the most non-scary people you will ever meet. Since the age of four, I began dreaming a dream that was bigger than myself and now I am one semester away from getting into dental school!

What do dentists intend to blog about? I never thought that there was a need for blogging in the dental field, but then again I was never really familiar with blogging until this class. I now realize that this is not true.

Topics ranging from snoring and sleep apnea to the development and use of new materials in place of the common composite fillings are covered. Having these type of blogs help others in my field because it gives a personal incite into their practices and research that may help to influence the practice of mine or my future colleagues one day. It is interesting to see the really different and not every day kind of information. An example of a main database of dental blogs is Dentalblog.

As a dental assistant at Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) in State College, I have come across many of the issues that most private practices do not come across because they have a different clientele. CVIM is a free nonprofit clinic that gives care to those aged 18-60, who do not have access to health care of any kind. Therefore many of the people we care for have not seen a dentist in years. When our patients come in for their new patient examination, we will discover that they most likely will need extensive care that may take months to fulfill. This because we have a waiting list of over 1,000 people to receive dental care.

It is really hard to time and time again have to tell our patients that they have multiple cavities. On the flip-side we also have one of the most fulfilling jobs, in that, we are able to watch them walk out of the office with a smile on their face when we heal their pain or fix the appearance of their teeth.

Looking online I was able to find some blogs from clinics similar to ours. One blog addresses the issue of how there is a lack of dental health care in the United States. This topic is important to me because I see first hand how debilitating the lack of dental care can be.

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Firstly, I have to say that I agree that you're not scary. Maybe if more dentists were like you, then children would be more eager to visit their dentist.

Next, I like the article from Dentalblog about 6 month smiles. My wisdom teeth came in about 3 years ago and ruined my perfect smile. Six months to get it back would be worth it.

Finally, I think that dental care, particularly orthodontistry, is largely a personal responsibility. Having healthy teeth is more important than having a perfect smile. I would encourage people to invest in dental healthcare, but I don't see it as a priority in terms of governmental spending.

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