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15 Tips For Planning Your Elective

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1. Plan EARLY! Like from 1st year (kidding), but seriously at least a year in advance.

 

2. Shortlist countries in the world that will actually let you practice…

 

3. Find out which vaccines you’ll need for your travel.

 

4. Make sure you have a valid passport…Duh!πŸ˜‚

 

5. Ensure you have the correct Visa(s) too!

 

6. Double and triple check your dates, just incase your have to miss clinics or need special leave.

 

7. Check if you need specialist insurance/indemnity or if it’s included by your elective practice or hospital.

 

8. Budget accordingly and then add an extra amount just in case!

 

9. Check if your elective practice needs a confirmation letter from your university.

 

10. Check if your university needs a confirmation letter from your elective practice.

 

11. Various dental charities offer student elective programs, so check them out beforehand!

 

12. Lots of prizes and funding are available, so be sure to look around.

 

13. Know where the British Embassy is in the country you visit, just in case you fancy some proper tea and biscuits. No seriously, their tea is amazing!

 

14. Double check what cards or currency they use and what your bank will charge you. (Monzo is a great alternative)

 

15. Don’t forget your floss!

 

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Top 5 Clinical Cases This Week

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1. Full Mouth Rehab


 

2. Guided Implant Surgery


 

3. Fixing Crown Fractures


 

4. How To Do an Anterior Restoration


 

5. Immediate RCT and Restoration


 

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17 Things You Think During Your First Crown Prep

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1. Which surface do I start on again?

 

2. How much reduction do I need?

 

3. When you find the perfect bur!

 

4. Figuring out how to position your bur…

 

5. …Whilst maintaining a good taper and parallel walls

 

6. …Only to realise you’ve over tapered

 

7. …Or managed an undercut!

 

8. That feeling when you can see all the margins!

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9. Wait was it chamfered or shouldered?

 

 

10. That feeling when you start to prep inter-proximally…

 

11. …And manage not to knick the adjacent tooth!

 

12. That feeling When your impression is on point

 

13. Compared to when its not…

 

14. Which bur should I use again?

 

15. When you realise you’ve forgotten to take a putty matrix

 

16. When your temp is perfect first time round

 

17. …and then when you pray that it’ll last till the lab work is back

 

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10 Reasons Dental Students Are Awesome!

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1. Our smiles light up the world ✨

 

2. We supply our friends and family with free toothpaste…

 

3. …and free floss…

 

4. …and sometimes even swanky new electric toothbrushes!

 

5. We provide free dental work to literally thousands of amazing patients…

 

6. …and help them to smile again, with confidence!

 

7. We get to hone our love for art with our love for science

 

8. We’re cooler than medics

 

9. Our awesome tunics are all the rage πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

 

10. And we, of course, give our undivided love for all things Dentistry!

 

If you’re an awesome dental student, enter the Future of Dentistry Awards here!

 

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