News for members of the American Student Dental Association
October 2013
6 simple ways... to get involved with ASDA     
  1. Write for ASDA News, Mouth or Mouthing Off. You don't need a topic, just a passion for story telling. Fill out this interest form and an editor will be in touch.

  2. Volunteer at your chapter. Chapter leaders are always looking for extra hands.  

  3. Apply for a national leadership role. More than 40 positions are available that range in time commitments and responsibilities. Want to enhance your dental school experience? Meet new people? Build your leadership skills? This is your chance. Apply by Jan. 6, 2014 (District trustee applications due Feb. 12, 2014).  

  4. Attend an ASDA event. Go to your chapter's vendor fairs and local networking events. If you want to take your involvement further, register for a national ASDA event. You'll meet people from across the country and learn about topics not taught in dental school.  

  5. Offer your talents. If you've got an eye for layout or know how to code a website from scratch, let your chapter leaders know! You might be able to help them launch or maintain a Gold Crown-worthy website or e-newsletter.  

  6. Read ASDA publications. You can be involved in ASDA just by staying informed. ASDA News and Mouth are your resources for current news and issues effecting dental students. For more frequent updates, subscribe to ASDA's blog, Mouthing Off. If you read an article or blog post that's particularly interesting, be sure to share it with your classmates and ASDA chapter leaders.
Member and faculty spotlight 
Meet this month's student and faculty member to learn their unique hobbies, reasons for pursuing dentistry and more. For their full profiles, click here.

Melissa Mazlin
Rutgers '15

Plans after graduation: I plan on applying to a general practice residency in the New York or New Jersey area. I'd love to live in Manhattan.

Avishai Sadan, DMD 

Dean, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


Words of Wisdom: In every profession, the older generations worry about whether the newest generation will uphold our standards and legacy. However, I believe that our newest dentists will be better than us, will spearhead new discoveries, and will provide care that will improve the quality of life of our patients in ways that we haven't even imagined yet.

Live dental student panel at ADA Annual Session on Nov. 1 

ADA student members have free access to ADA365, the virtual extension of the American Dental Association's 2013 Annual Session held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in New Orleans. Sessions include live patient education-in-the-round courses, the open clinical and science forums and the opening general session. To access the recordings, you must register here. ADA numbers are not required to register but you must choose a dental school from a dropdown list.


On Friday, Nov. 1 from 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. CST, four ASDA members will be participating in a live panel discussion streamed online. Panelists will speak about their experience in dental school, leadership development gained through involvement in organized dentistry, and factors that affected their career decisions. Students include:

  • Facilitator: Sameet Gill, Boston '14
  • Daryn Lu, Oklahoma '15
  • James Kolstad, Marquette '15
  • Kris Mendoza, Los Angeles '15

National leaders wanted (we're talking to YOU)

Applications are now available for 2014-15 national leadership roles. See which of the 40 opportunities may be right for you. Previous experience as a chapter or national leader is not required to apply. Visit for position descriptions and to apply by Jan. 6, 2014 (District trustee apps are due Feb. 12). Watch this video from the 2013 ASDA Chicago externs to hear how volunteering with ASDA can impact your career: 

ASDA Leadership: chapter, district and national
Who was your pre-health advisor?

ASDA is working hard to increase our outreach to pre-health advisors. We want to provide them resources to pass on to predentals. To help us, we'd appreciate sharing the contact information for your advisor here:

Poster Session at Annual Session 2014 

If you are currently doing research or have done research in the past, you're invited to submit an abstract for the 2014 Student Research Poster Session taking place at Annual Session on Feb. 28, 2014, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. All materials are due by Dec. 20. Visit for guidelines and submission instructions.Benefits of presenting your research:

  • Get involved with research early in your career
  • Practice public speaking in a low-pressure, informal setting
  • Receive feedback on your design and presentation from judges
  • Make connections with other student authors
  • Add your accomplishment to your CV or resume


"A Day in the Life of a Dental Student"

ASDA launched a new YouTube playlist featuring video interviews with real dental students. Through a series of questions, they give a picture of what it's like to be a D1, D2, D3 and D4. Check it out to see what lies ahead for you in dental school.

Oral Health America "State of Decay" report
The oral health of older Americans is in a state of decay, according to a new report from Oral Health America, which analyzes factors impacting older oral health. You can also view this infographic that outlines some barriers to affordable dental care, as well as statistics on how poor oral health can result in overall health issues.  


State of Decay
Dental schools seek to expand student diversity

In October ASDA News, ASDA speaks with dental school administrators about efforts to expand diversity. Underrepresented minorities currently comprise 30 percent of the U.S. population and many administrators recognize that they should help make dental school more accessible to these groups. Other highlights include an article on the anti-fluoridation movement and a new section called Science Snippets that summarizes clinical studies of interest to dental students. Click here to read the entire issue.

Temporary crowns and impression trays: Ain't nobody got time for that!

In this Mouthing Off blog post, third year Baylor dental student Surpreet Arora discusses how CAD/CAM technology has revolutionized the way fixed prostheses are being made. Read this post to find out how the CEREC machine works and let us know in the comments if your dental school offers CEREC training.  

ASDA benefit of the month: Kaplan Test Prep 



Throughout their 75-year history, Kaplan has helped students by providing customized educational programs. Kaplan has pioneered new territory in online and on-site preparation with DAT & NDBE courses now available to students around the world. Kaplan provides a personalized approach to preparation to help students reach their goals.

ASDA members save 10% on Kaplan courses and services. Click here to access the members-only promo code.


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Nov. 15-17, 2013
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Chicago, IL
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