Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New at something: first gold inlay

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? I am spending my Thanksgiving in Orlando with the bestie and we're determined to find pumpkin pie on Thursday. 

Today I tried something new in clinic: gold inlays. In dental school, we do stuff for the very first time on a real person... it's uncomfortable and scary. 

This got me thinking about the whole business of firsts. My first amalgam filling was scary. My first prophy cleaning was scary! And remembering that feeling (while embarrassed: "I was nervous about that?" but still very fondly) is good. It reminds us where we started from. Kind of a silly thing, but I remember when I took my very first plane trip alone. Senior year of high school, visiting colleges. I know I am secretly terrified in those photos at the airport.

And I must say this: I am so so so thankful for having good friends. I called Alex on my way from home to rant about how crazy these inlays are: compared to simple preps, these inlays are on a whole new level. I was able to express my fears and doubts about this dental school thing (Will I ever reach my faculty's level? If not, why even bother?). And the fourth years in clinic who calmed me down, checked up on me, and encouraged me.... I'll spend my whole life paying back all the love I get.

Now, I don't know about you, but Thanksgiving is going to be all fun and no work. I refuse to pick up my work phone at all. My fingers are crossed that my plane does not get cancelled tomorrow!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

the braces are OFF! (& a special weekend)

When I woke up this Thursday, I knew it was gonna be a good day because 1) the new episode of Serial was up and...

2) I was getting my braces off that day! My teeth feel so slimy- there really is no other word to describe it. Also: I think of Taylor Swift every time I use this color setting in Photo Booth. 

This weekend was amazing! My friend Emily got engaged and her now-fiance got their friends to sneak into their apartment! We all surprised her before he proposed. It was so difficult to keep such a huge secret from a dear friend... 

If you saw my tweet, all the girls wanted to look at the ring (of course) and decide if she could wear the ring with gloves. The entire evening got me thinking about relationships and marriages in general... The moment was so romantic and I teared up a little bit. So much love and joy in one Christmas lights-decorated room, everything was so perfect. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

I want a cat.

I should be studying implants but I found this old picture from the summer. Just some cats I used to know. I had sent this picture to my parents and pretended I'd adopted both of them. They accepted that I'd gotten two cats in dental school, until I told them they weren't actually mine. ;(

I think I really want a cat. Do you see how cute these babies are? Because I could get a little kitten who'll look outside the window all day until I come home. I didn't know it was possible to love a cat this much. My heart is melting looking at this picture, imagining their soft bellies and sweet (mischievous) little faces.

...And if you haven't seen Sharon's Bad Tooth films, go do it now. That one is to Shake It Off!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

reading rounds

I'm starting a new series of fun reads I find around the web. There's such good profiles out there about women I admire & the culture of success. 

1. I get that it's a challenge for a leader to be genuine and caring, while getting things done. (Hasn't everyone hated that person in high school group projects who's sending follow-up emails by the hour?) But it's tricky because "striving for likability may carry a whiff of fakeness"...  How does Jenny Lyons do it? All the while looking impeccable in her big glasses and preppy-chic outfits. 

2. Has it hit you that Taylor Swift is our age? Actually, she is younger than me by six months... sometimes I wonder what she's doing this very moment- probably recording the next big hit or hanging out with her many famous bff's. Sigh. "Next to Lorde, the rest of us look like schlubs"... both to the older generations out there and to ourselves. How to make sense of this new trend and use this as motivation.
How the Cult of Early Success is Bad for Young People... at Time.

3.  I love this: (Question was "What advice do you have for developing your own style as a young entrepreneur?" )
"Your style can be an artistic part of your personal leadership journey. Who do you want to be and what do you want to be known for? Style belongs to the last piece of that multivariate puzzle that includes and begins with how you treat people, how you navigate challenges, and how you express yourself."
Levo League founder Caroline Ghosn's Power Outfit... at Levo League

4. Also this gem... mourn that the professional-you could never get this crazy awesome haircut like Robert Pattison's.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

two questions over coffee: why do you blog?

Last weekend I went to a Halloween party and met someone who was visiting Philly. She was a reader of this blog & it was crazy and fun to meet someone in such a random place (Hi Tina!!!). Since I get such fun questions via email/twitter, I'll start answering some of your questions publicly on my blog.

About that Halloween party, I went as Wilson from Castaway. Extra points for you if you guessed that from my clues on twitter! I had seen a picture of someone dressed as Wilson and wanted to go as one half of the greatest love story known to mankind.

Here we go:

Why do you blog? How did you start blogging?

I've kept a journal since 6. In college I wrote a blog about everyday college musings (xoxoyesle) & started this blog because I wanted to read about dental school life! After starting d-school, blogging became a great way for me to reflect on my daily happenings (in a positive way as imagined by an outside observer). It was also a great way to keep up with family and friends.

I love that I'm developing my own voice as a writer. I also love connecting with people through the blog! In addition, blogging has been an expansive learning opportunity for me. In addition to becoming a stronger (more confident) writer, I've learned some coding, SEO, and online marketing.

How much free time do you have? What do you do in your free time?

To be honest with you, this is a question I've been finding myself asking. Third year has opened up a lot more free time. I work hard during the week (I'm in dental school mode) and try to take my weekends off completely. Right now it's running and friends. Fall in Philadelphia is the perfect setting for running and I love jogging along the river.

The world is a big place and so many of my loved ones live far away. I spend a lot of time on Skype and on the phone... and I love traveling and visiting them whenever I can.

Oh, and last week I baked a pie. For the first time in my life! Trying new things (most of them food) is a great joy of mine.

That's it for this week. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to me via email or twitter. Good night lovelies!

Monday, November 10, 2014

twitter twitter

Let's connect 

Twitter is quickly becoming my favorite app. I love a quick stroll on the app to see what everyone (I mean fellow dental school classmates and Taylor Swift) is up to. 

My tweets are: cats, Philly running scenery, punny teeth jokes. 
Connect with me here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

5 things I learned from having braces.

We are nearing the end of my braces saga. As of today, I have two weeks (you have to imagine me saying this part in a really high-pitch voice) left with braces. Looking back on my two years with braces, I've learned some things... both about braces and also about being a good dentist.

Dainty little Sesame to start this post:

1. Patient has to want it. Coming in every 3-4 weeks is hard work with a full-time job... and who doesn't? Sometimes I had to skip class to make it into my appointments. Also difficult was: wearing elastics. Not eating popcorn or nuts. It's a wonder anybody gets perfect teeth because even as a dental student, keeping up with all the rules was hard.

2. Flossing is hard work. These Platypus Flossers changed my life! But even then, carrying a toothbrush and flossers everywhere can be exhausting. I have a little more kindness when a patient admits to not flossing because I get it.

3. Not knowing is the scary part. When I go to get cleanings, I am completely at ease because I know what's going on. During my ortho appointments, I've jumped at the mirror touching my lips- because I have no idea what was going on. I've learned to explain what I'm doing as I'm doing a procedure- as simple as pushing their tongue or retracting their cheeks- so nothing is a surprise.

4. Our teeth and bone are part of our crazy wonderful bodies. Orthodontists are magicians. How did my teeth move? How did my bite close up? It's craziness.

5. Patience is virtue. Two years is a long time. I wonder if I knew what I was getting into that fall morning two years ago. I promise update with more pictures of my changing bite soon- the before and after when my treatment is complete.

There you have it, lovely readers. And for those of you who've had braces, how did you celebrate your day of freedom? I'm thinking corn on the cob followed by crunchy (caramel?) apples...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

celiac disease and teeth

I'm listening to Spotify on shuffle and this song begins: "I was scared of dentists and the dark...."  Maybe I should have gone as myself for Halloween.

Your mouth provides a snapshot into the entire health of your body. I was chatting with someone who has celiac disease running in his family. Besides the fact that he’s been spoiled with home-cooked meals every single night (“gluten-free” wasn’t a common place thing until recent), he told me something fascinating: multiple family members have teeth issues stemming from their celiac disease. 

I had no idea there was a link between celiac disease and teeth! Dr. Peter Green of Celiac Disease Center at Columbia suggests this blindness is common for dentists. He recommends that if a patient presents with an inexplicable enamel defect, to keep celiac disease in mind. Clinically, celiac disease patients’ teeth may look like fluorosis or tetracycline staining. But after you’ve completed a thorough history with nothing to explain for the mottled, weak looking teeth, maybe consider celiac disease.

In addition, celiac disease whose key to treatment is the initial diagnosis, may manifest solely in the mouth in forms of enamel defects and canker sores. I read that in Canada, the average time a celiac patient goes before their correct diagnosis is 11.7 years. Less than 1 in 5 Americans with celiac disease patients are aware they have the disease. 

You learn something new every day. I am just fascinated about this little tidbit I never knew before! Something else to give you a peek into my life: I'm reading this by Anne Fadiman and it's such an intimate look into epileptics whose world I know nothing about.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

dental student & a part-time filmmaker

I've featured Sharon multiple times on this blog. We looked at her typical dental school workday, discussed her fitness priorities, and talked her military scholarship. I admire her for her ability to just DO IT. One day she'll say, "I think I'm going to start CrossFit". Couple of months later, she's teaching CrossFit at her gym.

A week ago, Sharon told me she was making short films. In fact, she's already finished one. This girl just gets things done like she says she will... even with our dental school responsibilities. Go watch Sharon's film debut! It's hilarious and features many of our own Penn dental lovelies.

watch here!!!