Oral cancer screening questioned; the difference a dentist can make; What inspired you?

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

As we reported in a breaking news alert Monday afternoon, a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that there is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against oral cancer screening in asymptomatic adults age 18 years or older by primary care physicians. Read more here.

When depression took dentist Dr. Kim Harms' son and nerve damage took away her ability to work with patients, she needed something to replace her losses. Then, Dr. Harms heard about Rwanda. Her story of what a difference can individual can make is here.

How are dentists inspired to join the profession? What keeps them going during their years of schooling and training? Monique Trice, a dental student at the University of Louisville, shares her story of how participating in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Louisville gave her confidence and direct knowledge of what was needed to succeed in dental school. Read her story here.

A reminder that, beginning next week, associate editor Rob Goszkowski will be covering the 2013 Greater New York Dental Meeting. Look for his tweets and stories beginning Monday, December 2.

As we approach Thanksgiving, it's important to keep in mind the reasons to be optimistic about dentistry's future. As new technologies become more widely available and awareness increases among patients about the importance of regular visits, there is opportunity for your practice. It's not necessarily going to be easy, but it's there.

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