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The Secret to Becoming an Oral Surgeon WHAT YOU GET
One thing a lot of people don’t know about becoming an oral surgeon is there are two tracks you can follow. There’s a four-year program after dental school, which is just oral-surgery training, and there’s a six-year program that requires going to medical school for an MD degree. I decided to take the second option and trained at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The school has since been renamed the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in honor of New York businessman and philanthropist Carl Icahn. It was a privilege to attend Mount Sinai. Admission is very competitive, and I was thrilled to get accepted. Attending Mount Sinai was one of the most exciting times of my life. Everything was new
As I worked to become an oral surgeon, I was constantly reminded that what you put in is what you get out.
and interesting. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work, but everything I did and every class I took was pertinent. It was all preparation for my future career, so I gave it my all because I wanted to be the best once I got my license and started practicing. As I worked to become an oral surgeon, I was constantly reminded that what you put in is what you get out. Nothing good comes easy. It all requires hard work and putting in the time. There were countless nights and weekends when I wanted to go out with my friends or, better yet, be sound asleep in bed, but I would have paid the price in class. Instead, I gritted my teeth, buckled down behind those massive textbooks, and kept plugging along. Sometimes it felt like those six years at Mount Sinai would never end. Then the day came when I was standing there with my diploma in hand, and I knew it had all been worth it. At this point in my career, I’ll sometimes talk to high school students or those about to graduate from dental school who ask me about getting into oral surgery. When students express interest in the field, my first piece of advice is to spend time with residents in training and seasoned oral surgeons. I’m certainly happy to spend time with students who are interested in the field. It is very rewarding to share your knowledge with
others and help them along their career paths. Not every student I’ve worked with has committed to oral surgery, but I was happy to help inspire those who did. In my second year of dental school at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Louis Mandel. He taught the oral and maxillofacial surgery course and ran the salivary gland clinic at the university. Dr. Mandel became a great mentor and instilled a passion for oral and maxillofacial surgery in me. If you can spend time with oral surgeons, be humble and ask a lot of questions. To say this job is demanding is an understatement — I highly recommend making sure this is something you want to do before getting into the four- or six-year program after dental school. When I first applied to Mount Sinai, I knew I wanted to become an oral surgeon. I had a vision for my future, and I was ready to do whatever it took to get there. Today, when I walk into the practices I run with my partner, Dr. Graffeo, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. I can’t imagine doing anything differently.
–Dr. Harrison Linsky
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Recognition, Flexibility, and Purpose , ,
3 Tips for Attracting Millennial Employees
Create a Sense of Purpose More than anything, millennials are looking for some level of personal fulfillment — not just a paycheck. Create a brand story and work culture that expresses a greater purpose for prospective employees to get behind. Set high standards for the culture you want to create and maintain those standards. If you do this right, the talent you’re looking for will come to you. Just because millennials want more flexible work schedules and individual recognition doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to work hard. In fact, the opposite is true. By adapting your company culture to suit their lifestyle preferences, you can make sure your younger employees take an interest in your business and stick around. popular. People, mostly women, would dye their teeth black to show their status as nobles or aristocrats. Gold-PeggedTeeth Gold was used in many cultures to enhance the appearance of teeth. One of the earliest documentations of tooth embellishments was written by an explorer in 1178 who met a tribe in the Philippine mountains. The explorer described the people as “a fierce tribe with gold pegged teeth.” Many other cultures have been documented to have used gold for other decorations, including fillings, coverings, and crowns. Many of the ancient traditions used to enhance teeth have faded over the years, but the desire to improve our smiles remains steadfast well into the modern world. Luckily, the tools we use today are far more advanced, making the process more efficient and significantly less painful.
You might have heard people call millennials lazy, entitled, and afraid of long-term commitments, but that trend is starting to shift. Today, businesses can’t afford to write off millennials because they actually make up a major percentage of the workforce. According to the Pew Research Center, there were 56 million millennials either working or looking for work in 2017, making up 35% of the labor force. When so much of the country’s available labor is part of one demographic, you must ask yourself this question: How do I get millennials to work for me? Cater to the Individual Millennials don’t want to be just another cog in the machine. Theywant to work somewhere that
values their unique skills and lets them use those skills effectively. When seeking millennial talent for your company, highly specific job listings will attract exceptional employees. Once they’re on board, be sure to nurture their skill set. Give them a chance to growwith your company, and they’ll be sure to stick around. Ditch the 9-to-5 Standard Offering more flexible work hours is a start, but if you reallywant to attract millennials, then your entire work environment should embrace modernity. Have the latest tech and tools for day- to-day operations, offer frequent opportunities for promotions and raises, avoid micromanagement, and give your young employees room to learn and grow. These decorative elements for teeth aren’t a modern development. Tooth embellishments have been practiced across the world by many different cultures throughout time. The Mayans Around 1800 B.C., the ancient Mayans showed their wealth or status by having gems placed into their teeth. The dentists at the time would drill holes into the teeth with primitive tools. The gems were then set inside the holes and sealed with sap. In this time period, there were likely little to no pain relievers used during the procedure. Ohaguro The Japanese had a different method of displaying the beauty of teeth. Ohaguro , which is translated in English as “blackened teeth,” is a term that refers to the practice of dying a person’s teeth black. This contrasts with today’s need for brighter and whiter teeth, but during the Heian period — between the eighth and 12th centuries AD — ohaguro was exceedingly
THE HISTORY OF TOOTH EMBELLISHMENTS
A Beautiful Smile Through the Ages
P eople have sought to improve the aesthetic look of their teeth for thousands of years. Having a better and whiter smile is something everyone wants, but sometimes, a little extra flare doesn’t hurt. Today, many individuals wear what are known as grills, which are covers that can be snapped over one tooth or multiple teeth. These grills are more commonly made with silver, gold, or other precious metals imbued with gems.
Surgeons Remove Over 500 Teeth From 7-year-old’s Mouth
In July 2019, surgeons at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India, removed over 500 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy. The boy, whose name was not released in the hospital statement, had suffered from swelling and pain in his jaw for several years. When his parents brought him to the hospital this past summer, doctors ordered an X-ray and CT scan. This revealed what doctors believe to be a compound odontoma in the boy’s lower right jaw full of rudimentary teeth. Doctors decided surgery was the best course of action. With the use of general anesthesia, surgeons found they did not have to break the jaw on both sides. By drilling into the jaw from the top, it took around 90 minutes to remove the lesion. Reconstructive surgery was not required. After the surgery, surgeons spent five hours removing each individual tooth from the lesion. Dr. Prathiba Ramani, the head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Saveetha Dental, told CNN that, “There were a total of 526 teeth ranging from 0.1 millimeters to 15 millimeters.
Even the smallest piece had a crown, root, and enamel coat, indicating it was a tooth.”
The boy was discharged from the hospital after three days, with just 21 teeth in his mouth, and is expected to make a full recovery. Reports state that his doctors believe there will be no problem in the growth of the child’s other teeth, though he will likely require molar implants after turning 16. Compound composite odontoma is an incredibly rare condition that usually appears within the first two decades of a patient’s life. In this case, the boy’s parents stated that they noticed swelling in their son’s jaw when he was 3 years old but had to wait until he was old enough to sit still so a doctor could examine him. The exact cause of the boy’s condition is still unknown. Dr. Ramani has stated it could be linked to genetic or environmental factors, including radiation. A study has been taken up to see if radiation from mobile phone towers could be a factor in compound composite odontoma. This is the first documented case world-wide where so many teeth were removed from one individual’s mouth.
Classic Apple Crisp
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INGREDIENTS What do you do when apples are in season but you don’t have time to make a pie? You opt for a crisp, of course. DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 350 F.
5 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2. In a mixing bowl, mix all filling ingredients together. Transfer to individual serving ramekins. 3. In a different mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the topping. Mix in butter until it forms lumps roughly the size of a pea, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle topping over filling. 4. Bake for 35–40 minutes, let stand for 10 minutes, and serve.
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1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
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1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp chilled butter, cut into pieces 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
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INSIDE This Issue
So, You Want to Be an Oral Surgeon?
How to Attract Millennials to Your Business The History of Tooth Embellishments
526 Teeth Found in Young Patient’s Mouth
Classic Apple Crisp
The Vibrant Colors of America’s National Parks
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina Further south, the autumn colors of the Smoky Mountains are no less breathtaking than those in the Northeast. This park offers many scenic lookout points accessible by car, so don’t worry about hoofing it into the forest if that’s not your thing. Park wherever you like and watch the warm colors of ancient maples, oaks, and cedars change before your eyes. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming While theWest might typically be associated with
Have you ever wanted to experience the colors of a Boston fall while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors? Autumn leaves are a universally appreciated sign of the changing seasons, and there’s no better place to see those vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds on display than in one of America’s national parks. So, if you’ve got some free time this autumn, here are some parks worth seeing. Acadia National Park, Maine
While the maple, birch, and poplar trees of Acadia begin to change color in September, mid-October is the best time to witness autumn in full swing. The park is crisscrossed with unpaved trails that date back to a time of horse-drawn carriages, preserving an idyllic setting. If you want to see the colors in full effect, take a drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, and watch the sun crest over the vibrant leaves. To fully experience fall in the Northeastern U.S., Acadia National Park is a must-see.
evergreen pines, the deciduous trees of the relatively small Grand Teton National Park pack a colorful punch starting around the third week of September. It’s also breeding season for elk in the area, and their high, eerie whistles can be heard in the evenings. Popular destinations in the park include the Christian Pond Loop and String Lake. Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite national parks until next summer. The natural beauty of America can be experienced at any time of the year, so start planning your next autumn outdoor excursion!
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