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Dental Anxiety In Children: Advice From Professionals

It’s not uncommon for people to have issues with trips to the dentist. Even as adults many people have a hard time. For many adults these issues have been with them since childhood which makes it even more difficult trying to figure out how to assist your own children with their dental anxiety. Knowing this, we thought we’d poll a number of experienced dentists on how to help deal with dental anxiety in children.

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Advice from Dr. Eugene Gamble

www.eugenemgamble.com

Start attending the dentist early: Try to start attending the dentist as soon as teeth come through. This way the child builds up their dental experiences in an unforced way. Knowing there is no real dental work to be done also helps the parents as they tend to transfer their own apprehensions to their children. The worst thing to do is waiting until there is a problem (toothache or a dental trauma). If you do you risk embedding a fear as you introduce a new environment to a traumatized child in pain. You risk the child associating the traumatic experience to the dentist and creating serious issues.

Gradually desensitize the children: When attending, try to coax them to sit on the dental chair on their own. if this won’t happen then have a parent/guardian sit to demonstrate and then have the child sit on the parents lap. over the course of other visits they will eventually build up their confidence.

Watch your language: Children are extremely perceptive and will know that the parent believes something is not quite right by their unusual behavior and language. Don’t say things like it’s not going to hurt as automatically the child will question why would someone say that!

Don’t pressure the child: If you don’t see perceived progress (the child won’t open their mouth, won’t sit in the chair etc.) don’t feel the need to put even more pressure on the child in an already stressful situation. Think of the visit as a stepping stone to the next visit. The dentist is there to help the process so take the cues from them.

Modeling: Let the child watch you have a checkup or cleaning. Or better yet, let them watch a sibling who is happy to comply with the dentist. This allows them to see there is no big challenge. You may not get the response you’re looking for that visit but it’s a work in progress.

Which parent/guardian: Although difficult, sometimes it is best to have the parent or guardian who doesn’t expect a problem. Too often I’ve seen the adult be more afraid than the child initially and they transfer the anxiety by their actions and behavior.

Get recommendations: Not all dentists have the required empathy for dealing with children (including some pediatric dentists). Ask around and see who comes recommended by other parents or guardians.

Overall, the advice would be to take the dental visits slowly and don’t get too worried about what is accomplished. If you start early in a slow and deliberate manner you’ll have no problems by the time checkups become more important.

Advice from Dr. Sandra J. Eleczko

http://www.conesuslakesmiles.com

Kids are special patients. Gaining their trust is so important.

Many adults with dental apprehensions have had bad experiences as a child and this stays with them. Kids will pick up on the anxiety of their parents, even if the parent does not voice their apprehensions directly. I still have parents that will say things like if you don’t behave, she will give you the needle and at that point we have a hard time gaining the trust of the child.

We recommend that the parent, caregiver, with the most positive feeling about dental care bring the child. Many times it helps when a parent brings a child to one of their dental cleaning appointments, assuming that they have healthy mouths and no bleeding during the cleaning, so the child can be introduced to the office, maybe get a ride in the chair, and have a non-traumatic introduction to us. We have a general dental practice in a small town so this works well in our office.

How a parent teaches their child about the dentist and the words that they use are so very important. We tell the parents not to say Shot when talking about getting a child numb. WE use word like sleepy juice, numbing gel, tickling the teeth, and other non-threatening words.

We spend time with the child using show tell, do. WE always tell the child the truth about what to expect so that there are no surprises and the trust is not broken.

Kids can be a fun part of the day, but sometimes they can ruin the day for us and other patients in the office.

Advice from Dr. Kaveh Ghaboussi

http://www.madsmiles.com

The best tips for parents are to not pass on their fears or dislikes. Children are super perceptive on how their parent is feeling and will feed off of that energy. It’s really important that parents feel comfortable with the dentist too. Kids typically are much better behaved if their parents don’t sit in the room with them. As a mom myself, my kids
typically are much more respectful and listen better if I’m not there trying to control their behavior. If your child is really anxious, we suggest visiting first to tour. This way they can be familiar with the office, team, noises, sights, smells. If your child is old enough have them write and draw out the steps for example: 1) drive to office 2) check in at desk 3) go back to treatment chair 4) Relax and wait for dentist/hygienist 5) Discuss suction (Mr. Thirsty), water, polishing etc.

We suggest a child’s first visit by age one. If kids get used to coming early and have a positive experience then they typically will have be a lifetime fan of the dentist.

A kind dentist will take the time to explain what is going to happen so the patient knows they have control. A good dental office and team will take the time to understand and respect the person’s fears to help them overcome them. At our office we use a lot of distraction. We use breathing exercises, TV or even singing silly songs if needed. Some
patients respond well to nitrous oxide to help them zone out. Most of the time kids just need to time to be kids and ask questions. Getting your teeth worked on is super invasive and awkward for everyone and many of us need extra time sometimes.

Advice from Dr. Louis Siegelman

http://www.dentalphobia.com 

To prepare a child for their first visit emphasize the positive aspects of dental visits, i.e., fresh breath and clean teeth. It’s important to make it a positive experience; make it fun! Rewards are a great way to motivate a child.

It is extremely important not to relate a parent’s prior negative experiences. If a parent has any dental anxiety, they should be cautious when they speak of the dentist not to pass their fear down to the child. Never use force or threats because they can have long-lasting negative effects.

One of the most important things a dentist can do is use positive reinforcement. Start with short easy visits, especially if there is nothing serious going on like pain or swelling. It’s alright if at the first visit all you do is talk because you can build up to longer appointments. This will enable visits and the child will develop into a great patient. In addition, a dentist should recognize the instinctive things that can make a child apprehensive. Minimalize the visualization of any scary objects; this could be a metal instrument. Children are individuals and may have different reactions to different to stimuli such as taste, smells or sounds. A dentist should listen and understand the patients’ individual needs.

If a child has severe dental anxiety it’s important to make sure you find the right dental practice. An office that understands dental anxiety, prioritizes patient comfort and utilizes modern technology to help a child overcome their anxiety. One great example of modern dental technology is the Carivu. This compact device assists in the detection of cavities and cracks and is especially helpful with children that have difficulty with X-rays. It works by using a trans illumination technology that makes the enamel appear transparent. Another suggestion is to allow the child to bring a security blanket or stuffed animal to the appointment.

Have a child with dental anxiety in Lansing, Michigan?

Contact the office of Daniel J. Derksen, DDS, PLLC today to set up an appointment for your child and our experienced staff will provide top notch dental care and help put your child at ease.

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Everything You’ve Ever Need To Know About Getting Whiter Teeth

Trying to get whiter teeth is not easy for most people, but there are numerous ways you can prevent those disgusting yellow stains from constantly appearing. The biggest contributing factors to keeping your teeth white are your daily habits including the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. In this guide, we will explain the foods and beverages to avoid, along with some everyday tips so you can get whiter teeth. In addition, we will show you some great options if you want to see quick results in the color of your teeth. We will explain the teeth whitening solutions provided by us along with some at home remedies that may work for you as well.

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Tooth discoloration can be on the surface of your teeth or from changes occurring inside the teeth. There are three types of tooth discoloration that are most common: Extrinsic, Intrinsic, and age-related.

Extrinsic discoloration is tooth discoloration on the outside of your teeth (the enamel) caused by the things we consume on a daily basis. To get whiter teeth, you must be cautious of the foods and beverages you consume. Acidic foods and beverages cause tooth discoloration by wearing away at the enamel and softening the teeth, making them stain very easily. It’s also important to be careful with sugary and starchy foods as they can cause your teeth to quickly lose their bright white color. In order to keep your teeth white, you have to watch out for certain colors of foods and beverages as well. Anything that will stain the furniture in your home or the numerous white t-shirts that you own will most likely stain your teeth as well. That being said, we have made a list of the foods and beverages to stay away from if you want to keep those pearly white teeth intact.

Beverages that cause tooth discoloration

 

  • Red wine – the red/purple color of wine contains tannins and chromogens that can quickly cause tooth discoloration.
  • Fruit juice – certain juices can stain teeth more than others depending on the color of the fruit. A lot of berry juices can easily stain teeth. 100% juice is the best for your teeth and overall health because there is no added sugar.
  • Sports drinks – high sugar content, and the coloring of the drink can stain teeth.
  • Lemonade – the high levels of citric acid in lemonade can cause your teeth to stain quite easily
  • Colored soda – not only the coloring in the soda can stain your teeth, but the high levels of carbonation increases the acidity, which will stain your teeth as well.
  • Tea and coffee – both coffee and tea have tannins that can cause tooth discoloration, and are both typically consumed at a very hot temperature. The temperature of your beverage, cold and hot, causes your teeth to expand or contract causing the enamel to be easily stained. Additionally, coffee and tea are often sipped slowly, causing acid levels to remain high for long periods of time.

Foods that cause tooth discoloration

 

  • Berries – blueberries, cherries, blackberries, raspberries & pomegranates all have powerful colors that can cause tooth discoloration.
  • Tomato sauce & ketchup – the bright red color along with high acidity levels can leave stains on your teeth.
  • Starchy foods – breads, pastas, rice and potatoes, these foods can erode enamel due to the high levels of acid in starch. If a starch is cooked, it has a much higher likelihood of raising acid levels in the mouth.
  • Sugary cereals – with a combination of sugar and starch, some cereals will cause staining as well as plaque buildup in your teeth.
  • Popsicles & colored candy – these contain colorants that can easily embed themselves in your enamel, discoloring your teeth. If you want to keep your teeth white, stay away from sticky or gummy candies because they can be stuck to your teeth for long periods of time.
  • Dressings, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar – dark colored liquids that you add to food typically contain high levels of acidity that will stain your teeth. Opt for light colored condiments for whiter teeth.
  • Beets – contain intense staining agents, and cause even more tooth discoloration when in juice form.
  • Curry – the yellow or red color leaves a tinge on your teeth.
  • Snacking – one of the best habits to have whiter teeth is to cut out the snacking. With plenty of time between meals, saliva can flow through the mouth, cleaning out stain causing bacteria.

Intrinsic discoloration occurs inside of your teeth (the dentin) and it can darken from certain conditions or tooth trauma.

Intrinsic causes of tooth discoloration:

  • If your mouth came in contact with fluoride to often at an early age
  • Tooth trauma at a young age, such as getting hit by a baseball
  • Tooth trauma from internal bleeding that discolored your tooth
  • If your mother used tetracycline antibiotics during her second half of pregnancy
  • If you were born with dentiogenesis imperfect, a rare condition that causes a grey/purple tooth discoloration

Age related – A combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors cause this type of tooth discoloration. As you get older, your enamel starts to thin causing the discoloration of your dentin to show through. An injury resulting in a chipped tooth can cause your teeth to stain.  And lastly, food, beverages, and smoking, and tobacco products will naturally cause your teeth to stain over time.

Prevention

 

Consistently having white teeth is not difficult to accomplish. By simply being aware of the types of foods and beverages that cause tooth discoloration will put you on the right track. Listed below are some everyday things you should do to keep your teeth white.

  • Proper hygiene – brushing, flossing, mouthwash and regular dental checkups- the sooner the better. To keep your teeth white, it is recommended to brush within an hour after you have eaten.
  • Drink water – if you do not have access to your toothbrush, taking a swig of water will help to wash away stain causing foods and beverages.
  • Use a straw – when consuming a beverage, using a straw forces the liquids straight down your throat and avoiding coming in contact with your teeth.

Foods that may help keep your teeth white:

  • Cheese and milk – will cause an increase of saliva flow which will wash away food from your teeth. This will keep the enamel protected from foods that can stain teeth. They contain high protein, calcium, and phosphorous levels, which protects your enamel from erosion.
  • Sugar-free gum – chewing gum will also cause an increase in saliva flow
  • Fish and flaxseed – in order to keep you r teeth healthy it is important to consume fish, fish oil, flaxseed, and high levels of omegs 3’s. These foods reduce inflammation in your mouth, and prevent gum disease. Gum disease is formed from pockets of bacteria causing inflammation that can damage the tissue surrounding your teeth
  • Cocoa – foods containing cocoa can reduce inflation and protect teeth from decay and erosion. So yes, a little chocolate every once in a while will not lead to cavities or other problems with your teeth. And if possible choose dark chocolate due to the high sugar content in milk chocolate.
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet with nutrients including vitamin D, vitamin C, and calcium.

Treatment

 

If you want to get whiter teeth, a dentist can provide common procedures that will give you a brighter smile. Whitening procedures help restore the life and brightness for dull, stained, or discolored teeth.

How teeth whitening works

There are several ways to get whiter teeth. Whether you choose an over-the-counter product or opt for a Zoom Whitening procedure, teeth whitening works using bleach ingredients to achieve a whiter smile.

Teeth whitening procedures use bleaching agents to change the natural color of your teeth, and can sometimes make teeth five to seven shades brighter. The bleaching agent contains an active ingredient, usually carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients can remove deep and stubborn surface stains on teeth that could be a result of many things, including tea, coffee, tobacco or wine. The active teeth whitening ingredient enters your enamel and works to combat against discolored molecules in the teeth. Oxygen molecules from the whitening ingredient react with the discolored molecules to break their bonds. After this occurs, the oxygen molecules take over your teeth, spreading within the enamel to produce a brighter smile.

While over the counter teeth whitening products like strips and toothpaste may assist somewhat in resolving the surface stains on your teeth, the best way to have safe, long-lasting results is to make an appointment for professional teeth whitening. If done professionally using techniques such as Zoom or custom made bleaching trays, whitening can last up to 5 years or longer (depending on personal habits and maintenance).

The best options to get whiter teeth

  • Zoom teeth whitening: This is one the best options to get whiter teeth and can be completed in one office visit and produces immediate, long-lasting results. The dental hygienist or assistant uses a special light to whiten teeth an average of eight shades lighter in about an hour.
  • Tray Whitening: A dental hygienist or assistant will take a mold of your teeth to make your own custom, take home mouth trays. These trays are then worn at night OR for a brief time during the day, depending on what kind of gel in the dentist recommends for the tray.

More questions about teeth whitening?

If you live in the Lansing, Michigan area feel free to contact the office of Dr. Daniel J. Derksen, DDS, PLLC and we’ll be happy to answer your teeth whitening questions or schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening.

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Dental Job Search Resources

Using Google For Your Dental Job Search

One of the most powerful tools for finding a job in a specific area is the world’s biggest search engine: Google. While Google does a good job of helping you find what you’re looking for, if you know how to use what’s known as “advanced search operators” you can really harness the power of Google, particularly for job searches. What are advanced search operators and how can they help in your job search? Search modifiers limit the results that Google shows you, which can be very handy whether you’re searching for a job with a specific company, in a specific area, or with a specific title. Here’s a quick rundown of some common modifiers and how you can use them:

site:
If you use the site: operatorin search it will limit Google to searching only on that website. This can be helpful if you want to quickly find the available jobs on a giant corporate website. The site command limits a search to a specific website. For example, if you wanted to search for a job at a larger organization like Castle Dental, you could save yourself the time of navigating the site and just do a quick search on Google like this:

site:castledental.com jobs

The search results will be Google’s ordered results of pages on that site for the term jobs. You can see this search result here.

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inurl:
The inurl: search operator forces Google results to contain the string of characters that immediately follow it. This doesn’t work with spaces, so it will only force the URL of a page to have everything you specify before using a space. This can be extremely useful if you want to do a broad search for individual business careers page. Not every company uses a job board like Monster or Indeed, so the only way you’ll know they have a job available is by finding their website. If you’re looking for a dental assistant job, this might be a great search to try:

inurl:careers dental assistant

If that search offers results that are too general, you can just keep adding more specific keywords, like specific states or cities. Notice the difference in the above result (click on it to see the search results) and this search:

inurl:careers dental assistant chicago, il

You can try different variations like inurl:jobs or inurl:employment to expand your search results here as well.

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Using parentheses forces Google to limit your results to pages that have whatever phrase or characters you have within the parentheses. If you want to find song lyrics, this is very handy, but it’s also useful in a job search if you want to search for a more specific job title or force Google’s hand to search only in a specific geography. For example, if you wanted to be more specific with the above search for dental assistant careers in Chicago, you could combine search operators which would force Google to not only limit results to pages with “careers” in the URL, it would also limit results to only pages that contain EXACTLY “chicago, il” and “dental assistant”. That search would look like this:

inurl:careers “dental assistant” “chicago, il”

around a phrase within a search tells google to search for a specific phrase. So if you were searching for a pharmacy job, you could do a search for “pharmacy job” and Google would base its search on that specific phrase as opposed to the words individually.


You may find as you begin working with search operators that certain sites or results keep showing up in your results. For example, if you keep seeing results from job sites like indeed, you can use the minus sign to exclude results for that site by adding this to your search:

-site:indeed.com

So, to exclude indeed.com results from the previous search, you’d have a search that looks like this:

inurl:careers “dental assistant” “chicago, il” -site:indeed.com

Here are some additional resources to assist you on your job search, including a number of popular general and dentistry specific job aggregators.

National Dental Job Listings

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Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures

dentures in glassDentures are removable appliances to help replace missing teeth as a result of gum disease, tooth decay or injury. The purpose is to help restore your smile if you’ve lost any or all natural teeth. Not only can dentures restore your appearance but also your health. Dentures can help the process of eating or speaking better.

There is always an adjustment with having new dentures so patients might find themselves with several questions about the appliance. Here are answers to some questions you might have about dentures:

How much do dentures cost?

Complete dentures can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. There are often many questions about how much partial dentures cost as opposed to having a complete set. Partial dentures will typically cost less than a complete set. The price of dentures is often based on the time it takes to make the dentures and the cost of dental materials used. It may also take up to several appointments before the process is complete. Ultimately, the cost depends upon the patient and what he or she needs.

What are dentures made of?

Dentures are made of an acrylic base that is gum colored and the teeth are typically acrylic. Some dentures might be made of different materials, however. The base of partial dentures is usually metal covered in plastic. Metal is typically used in partial dentures as a structural base to clasp on to already existing natural teeth.

How long do dentures last?

Due to normal wear, your dentist may need to remake your dentures or partially reconstruct them, such as reline or rebase the appliance. Dentures may need replacing every five to eight years and dentures made from plastic may require replacement sooner than those made with acrylic resin. Rebasing will only require remaking the gum portion and structural base of the denture while keeping the existing denture teeth. Your dentist may also need to remake your dentures as you age because your mouth’s size naturally changes.

How should dentures fit?

New dentures will take time to get used to. There is a settling period after the moment of fitting, which can last anywhere from 5 to 8 hours before the dentures settle into your mouth. It will take some time for your gums to adjust to the appliance and the adjustment period can be different for everyone.

Here are some great resources for getting used to your new dentures:

How do you keep dentures in place?

Partial dentures make use of metal pieces to clasp on to existing natural teeth. It will take time for your mouth and gums to adjust to dentures, however you can choose to apply an adhesive to help the process. There are a variety of denture adhesives available. Poligrip by Polident is a very popular product to help keep dentures in place. Implants can also be used to hold them in place so adhesive is not needed.

What do partial dentures look like?

Partial dentures are constructed to fill in missing natural teeth. Partial dentures are usually made with a metal base and then covered in a gum colored plastic for the lower or upper portions of the mouth. In many cases metal hooks wrap around the patient’s molars to stay in place. The metal hook placement depends entirely on the patient’s existing natural teeth.

How do you whiten dentures?

To clean and whiten your dentures safely there are a few things you can try. First, gently scrub your dentures with a toothbrush or stiff nail brush using soap and water. Toothpaste can be too abrasive on some appliances, so check with your dental provider before using toothpaste on your dentures. Abrasive toothpastes can wear down your dentures, potentially removing the gloss coating and make them prone to staining. There are many denture cleansers in stores, but make sure to use these products after you’ve safely scrubbed the dentures.

Many dentures are made of acrylic, which is a porous material that can absorb stains over time. If you find you need to whiten your dentures due to stubborn stains, make sure you do so safely. Some patients will try to use bleach to whiten their dentures, but if done repeatedly, the solution could eventually remove the overall color of the dentures. This is why it’s best to use a tested product available in stores. Here are some recommended products for cleaning and whitening your dentures:

 

Need dentures in the Lansing, Michigan area?

If you live in the Lansing, Michigan area feel free to contact the office of Dr. Daniel J. Derksen, DDS, PLLC and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about dentures or set up an appointment to help you with any denture issues you may be having.

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Common Questions Associated with Veneers

porcelain-veneersA smile is everyone’s most important feature. That’s why no one likes having their teeth discolored, misaligned, or gapped. There are several solutions to these dental issues, one of them being veneers. Veneers can drastically improve the quality of one’s smile, filling in gaps, whitening, and reshaping teeth. Often times before deciding if veneers are right for them, patients have questions about them, how they work, about the procedure, and more. We have answered some of the more common questions about veneers here.

What are veneers for your teeth?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front of one’s teeth with the purpose to change the color or shape. Veneers help patients that have teeth with uneven surfaces that might also be chipped, discolored, irregularly shaped, crooked, or gapped.

Sometimes veneers can be alternatives to crowns, which have a similar affect and procedure but usually for a single tooth. Veneers are meant for a set of front teeth and are long-lasting. They have been remarked as a great method of masking tooth discoloration as well as correcting any irregular appearances to the front teeth.

How do veneers work?

Ultimately, veneers work as an enamel replacement for a set of teeth. The procedure requires a few visits in order to get your smile just right. During the first appointment, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and then send these off to a dental lab to make veneers in the correct shape and shade of your teeth, a process that can take up to 2-3 weeks. Before the dentist can place the veneers on your teeth, typically a small portion of each tooth’s surface is removed—about half a millimeter. During your next appointment, the veneers will be cemented to your teeth.

Once you have your veneers bonded to your teeth, it may take a couple weeks to get used to the “new” set of teeth, which sometimes may feel larger in size or shape depending if you’re teeth had been misshaped before. The procedure greatly enhances a person’s smile to look like a set of natural teeth.

Here are some helpful resources on how exactly veneers work and how to maintain them:

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of veneers will depend on the type of material you choose. Porcelain veneers will typically cost more than composite veneers, but the difference in cost correlates with the longevity of the veneers. A typical set of plastic or resin veneers can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a thousand per tooth, and last anywhere from five to seven years before you require another procedure.

How much are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers cost a bit more than resin veneers. They can range in price from a thousand to a couple thousand per tooth, however the benefits are noticeable. Porcelain veneers last longer than resin, sometimes as long as 15 years. Porcelain veneers also look very natural, are typically stain and scratch resistant, don’t change in color over time, and provide the same strength as an ordinary set of teeth.

Do porcelain veneers stain?

Sometimes patients have the fear that because porcelain veneers are so comparable to a natural set of teeth, that they may be susceptible to stains from things like tea, coffee, and wine. The simple answer is that porcelain veneers should never stain. They have stain-resistant properties, however if you know that your natural set of teeth have a tendency to stain, you should avoid or minimize behaviors that could lead to possible staining overtime. If you have translucent veneers, any stains on the back of your teeth could reflect through the veneers.

How do you whiten veneers?

Typically you shouldn’t have to ever whiten your veneers, but if you find that the color just isn’t right or does not meet your standards, there are some teeth whitening techniques specific to veneers. First, you should know what kind of veneers you have on your teeth. Are they porcelain? Resin? If you have translucent veneers that reflect the natural teeth, you can bleach the backside of your teeth so the veneers eventually reflect the result. It is not recommended to directly bleach veneers.

Alternatively, you can choose a whitening toothpaste to brush with. A normal whitening toothpaste will not damage your veneers. If you wish to have your teeth whitened professionally and you have veneers, you can also consult with your dentist about possible options.

What are the differences between Lumineers and veneers?

Patients often wonder about the difference between veneers and Lumineers. Lumineers veneers are a type of veneer brand, but are slightly different than porcelain veneers. They are much thinner—about as thick as a contact lens. Lumineers do not require your teeth to be trimmed, and if a patient desires, Lumineers can be removed whereas porcelain veneers are permanent.

The type of veneer a patient chooses is all based upon preference and what will enhance his or her smile the best.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure to give you a brighter, whiter smile. There are, however, many questions associated with teeth whitening. People often wonder what the best procedures are, including pricing, safety, and what has worked well for others. To help dispel some assumptions and confusion related to teeth whitening, we have answered the most frequently asked questions regarding the dental technique.

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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

There are several ways to whiten teeth. Whether you choose an over-the-counter product or opt for a Zoom Whitening procedure, teeth whitening works using bleach ingredients to achieve a whiter smile.

Your teeth can have stains in one of two ways: extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are found on the surface, while intrinsic are in the enamel or deep inside the dentin. Whitening toothpastes or mouth washes use non-bleaching agents to remove surface stains, while a more thorough whitening procedure can remove intrinsic stains.

Teeth whitening procedures use bleaching methods actively to change the natural color of your teeth, sometimes five to seven shades brighter. Both in-office procedures and at-home procedures use bleaching to achieve a whiter set of teeth. Bleach contains an active ingredient, usually carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients can remove deep and stubborn surface stains on teeth that could be a result of many things, including tea, coffee, tobacco, or wine.

The active whitening ingredient enters your enamel and works to combat against discolored molecules in the teeth. Oxygen molecules from the whitening ingredient react with the discolored molecules to break their bonds. After this occurs, the oxygen molecules take over your teeth, spreading within the enamel to produce a brighter smile.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

The cost of teeth whitening will depend on the type of procedure you choose to undergo. In-office procedures will depend on your dentist’s pricing. At-home procedures could cost anywhere between $100 and $400, while usually you’ll pay a little more at the dentist’s office. At-home applications, however, don’t always present the same results as an in-office procedure.

The Consumer Guide to Dentistry helps break down the costs of different teeth whitening options.

Why Does Teeth Whitening Cause Discomfort?

Everyone responds differently to teeth whitening. Some may complain that it is uncomfortable while others respond fine to the procedure. There is something called bleaching sensitivity that often affects patients undergoing a teeth whitening procedure. About 80% of patients using a teeth whitening treatment will experience some form of teeth sensitivity. While doctors are still unsure of why nociceptors activate sensitivity to bleach, there are some actions you can take to find relief after a procedure.

  • Talk to your dentist about a prescribed gel or toothpaste for tooth sensitivity
  • Don’t eat hot or cold foods for a couple days after the procedure
  • Brush gently after the procedure, using lukewarm water

Resources for Tooth Whitening Sensitivity:

Can You Receive Teeth Whitening While Pregnant?

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of research on the topic of teeth whitening while pregnant. Without more data it is difficult to fully answer whether or not teeth whitening affects you or your developing baby while pregnant. While some pregnant women may choose to whiten their teeth using at-home applications, it’s not recommended for dentists to treat pregnant women with a teeth whitening procedure. Ultimately, the American Dental Association leaves the decision up to women if they want to undergo teeth whitening, however the association and dental professionals still advise against it due to lack of research. It’s always best not to risk it and to avoid and teeth whitening procedures while pregnant.

Can You Receive Teeth Whitening While Breastfeeding?

Similarly, there are no studies to determine if teeth whitening while breastfeeding is safe. Dental and medical professionals will give the same answer to this question when it comes to pregnancy—avoid teeth whitening altogether until you’re done breastfeeding. There is simply not enough research to conclude that teeth whitening is safe during these periods.

What Teeth Whitening Do Celebrities Use?

You might wonder how Hollywood stars obtain their flawless, white smiles. If you’re trying to achieve the same bright smiles as one of your favorite celebrities, then you might consider an office visit to your dentist. Celebrities are more likely to seek professional help for teeth whitening as this will maintain a whiter smile longer. In fact, a lot of celebrities choose Zoom Whitening because it’s a quick procedure with lasting results. NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, stars from the Real Housewives of New York, and many television personalities use Zoom Whitening.

Which Teeth Whitening Products Work Best?

The best teeth whitening products will depend on personal preference, but there are few that have proven exemplary. Like all products, teeth whitening products will have their pros and cons. At Derksen Dentistry, we recommend Zoom Whitening or tray whitening. Zoom Whitening is a one-time office visit for about an hour. The procedure uses a special light to whiten teeth about eight shades brighter. Patients who have chosen this procedure have been happy with the results as the office visit is short, but the results are long-lasting.

Store bought products might be an option for some, and though they can help resolve some issues with teeth stains, they may not always prove long-lasting results. When it comes to home whitening strips, however, current top teeth whitening strips are Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips and Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips.

How Do Teeth Whitening Strips Work?

Whitening strips use bleach agents to combat surface stains. They often contain the active ingredient, peroxide bleach. You will find most whitening strips made out of polyethylene, which is a thin, plastic. These plastic strips coated in peroxide bleach rest on your teeth so that the active ingredient can come in contact with the enamel. Always read the packaging to determine how you should you apply the strips and for how long.

Are Teeth Whitening Strips Safe?

Teeth whitening strips are safe as long as they don’t use the ingredient chlorine dioxide. People often ask about some of the more popular products, asking questions such as “Are Crest White Strips safe?”. These, and many of the other more famous over the counter products don’t use chlorine dioxide, but be sure to pay close attention to the ingredients, as often times formulations change. Chlorine dioxide is the same chemical used to clean swimming pools, therefore it will destroy your enamel. Teeth whitening products with this chemical will argue they can make your teeth whiter, however, the chlorine dioxide will begin to eat away your surface enamel to make teeth whiter, which is a very unsafe technique.

If you ever opt for teeth whitening strips, to ensure your safety, proper use is essential. It’s important to do your research on teeth whitening safety for any over-the-counter products you might purchase. Read instructions carefully and consult with your dentist if you have any questions about using at-home teeth whitening products.

Do you live in the Lansing, Michigan area and have more questions about teeth whitening?

If so, feel free to contact the office of Dr. Daniel J. Derksen, DDS, PLLC and we’ll be happy to answer your teeth whitening questions or schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening.

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Links to 100 Available Dental Scholarships

If you are a dental student of any sort you know exactly how expensive your education can be. Fortunately, there are also a tremendous number of scholarships out there that are available to students pursuing a career as a dentist or in a dental related field. Below, we’ve collected a list of over 100 scholarships with information on the value of the scholarship and links to more information and how to apply.

1.       AAWD Scholarship$1,000

Colgate funds female dental students.

2.       Absolute Dental’s Dentists of the Future Scholarship$2,000

Scholarship is awarded to a full–time student who is pursuing a career in dentistry, demonstrates financial need and has at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference given to residents of Nevada.

3.       ADA Allied Dental Health Scholarship$1,000

Applicants must be entering their final year of study and attending a dental laboratory technology, dental hygiene or dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

4.       ADA Minority Scholarship Program$2,000

Designed for African–American, Hispanic and Native–American dental students.

5.       ADEA Preventive Dentistry Scholarships$2,380

Twelve $2,380 scholarships will be awarded in 2016 to support pre–doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in preventive dentistry.

6.       ADEA/Crest Oral–B Laboratories Scholarships for Dental Hygiene Students$2,000

Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to support dental hygiene students pursing academic careers.

7.       ADEA/Crest Oral–B Laboratories Scholarships for Predoctoral Dental Students$5,000

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to support pre–doctoral dental students who have an interest in academic careers.

8.       ADEA/Sigma Phi Alpha Linda DeVore Scholarship$1,000

One awarded to support an individual studying dental education at the baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree level.

9.       Alice Hinchclifee Williams, RDH, MS Graduate Merit Scholarship$1,380

Supports full–time student pursing a graduate degree in dental hygiene or related field. Must have Virginia residency.

10.   American Dental Hygienists’ Association Institute Scholarship Program$1,000

Dental hygiene students who have completed a minimum of one year in a dental hygiene program, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need of at least $1,380 are eligible

11.   American Medical Technologists Scholarship – Dental Assisting$380

Student must be pursuing a program in dental assisting, phlebotomy, medical assisting, medical laboratory tech or office laboratory tech and display academic excellence.

12.   Andrew Abel Dental Scholarship FundVaries

Scholarship is awarded to dental students who require financial assistance and achieve excellence in academics or an accredited clinical program.

13.   Barbara Cancilla Dental Assisting ScholarshipVaries

Will be awarded to students enrolled in the dental assisting program at College of Marin.

14.   Bay County Dental Auxiliary ScholarshipVaries

Open to full–time dental students, dental hygiene students, dental auxiliary (assistant) students and dental technology students.

15.   Bernhart Dental Assisting ScholarshipVaries

Will be awarded to students enrolled in the dental assisting program at Santa Rosa Junior College.

16.   Bill & Helen Sheridan ScholarshipVaries

This scholarship is for a sophomore enrolled in Dental Hygiene. Eligible candidates must maintain a 2.5 or greater GPA.

17.   Coastal District Dental Society Scholarship$380

Must be a South Carolina resident and have completed one semester of Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting courses with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

18.   Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” Minority Scholarships$1,250

Scholarships are awarded to members of minority groups currently underrepresented in dental hygiene programs at the certificate or Associate educational level.

19.   Concord Dental Society ScholarshipVaries

Grant awarded to students who are enrolled in Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting at NHTI.

20.   Crest Oral–B Laboratories Dental Hygiene Scholarships$1,000

Sponsored by P&G, two scholarships are awarded to students at the baccalaureate degree level who demonstrate professional excellence, quality research, and support dental hygiene through education.

21.   David A. Grainger ScholarshipVaries

Scholarship is awarded to dental students who are meritorious and have commendable academic excellence.

22.   DDSRank Dental Scholarship$380

Awarded to U.S. residents who are studying to be a dentist or dental hygienist. Must be enrolled in high school (seniors) college, or graduate level.

23.   Delta Dental of Massachusetts Dean’s Scholarship in Oral Public Health and Epidemiology

Provides one year of support for a postdoctoral dentist who is building a career in academia. The recipient of this scholarship must be conducting postdoctoral work in dental public health at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

24.   Dental Hygiene ScholarshipVaries

Established to provide financial assistance to dental hygiene students at St. Petersburg College.

25.   Dr. Bill Schumann Scholarship  – Varies

Scholarship will be awarded to dental students who are in their fourth year at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, a member of the American Student Dental Association and plan to practice in Michigan upon graduation from dental school.

26.   Dr. Esther Wilkins Scholarship$1,000

Education level pursuing: additional degree(s) necessary for a career in dental hygiene education. Applicants must have completed an entry–level dental hygiene program

27.   Dr. Fred Nolen Memorial Scholarship$380

Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of Illinois and the student must demonstrate financial need as well as be a dental hygiene student.

28.   Dr. Henderson Andrew Johnson III ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to students who are enrolled in the dental program at Cuyahoga Community College. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.0, demonstrate financial need and preference will be given to minorities.

29.   Dr. Nicholas J. Piergrossi Memorial Scholarship$1,000

Scholarship is awarded to a first–year student attending the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Applicant must be a Connecticut resident, demonstrate financial need and exhibit academic excellence

30.   Dr. Ray Gist Student Leadership/Scholarship FundVaries

The funds for this scholarship were made available by Dr. Raymond Gist, a former president of the MDA, and is intended to be awarded to dental students who felt under–represented demographically at the University of Michigan or University of Detroit Mercy. Students should be enrolled full–time and in their 3rd or 4th year of the dental program.

31.   ETA Class Scholarship FundVaries

Supports full–time dental students at UFF.

32.   Fetner–Hartigan Dental Scholarship$380

Must be enrolled in the second year of Dental Hygiene Program and have minimum 2.5 GPA. Must also be a Florida resident with one letter of recommendation from a professional in the medical/dental field.

33.   Floyd R. Neff ScholarshipVaries

Students must be enrolled in the dental assisting, dental hygiene or dental laboratory technology program at IPFW and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicant must display leadership, initiative and financial need.

34.   Foundation of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Master Clinician Program Scholarships

Priority for selecting the candidates in their program is first given to those candidates who want to enroll as faculty members in either a dental school or a residency program in United States.

35.   Gay King Dental Hygiene Scholarship$1,000

Student must be enrolled full–time and in their third or fourth year of the dental hygiene program at Florida State College and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Applicant should be prepared to send in two letters of recommendation, a one page essay, and demonstrate financial need. Additionally the applicant must attend three local dental hygiene meetings.

36.   Genesee District Dental Society Fund Scholarship Varies

Provided by the Genesee County Dental Society, students from Genesee County who are in dental hygiene or assisting programs in any ADA accredited school in Michigan may apply. The student should be in their 4th year of the undergraduate program, a member of the ADA and plan to practice in Michigan upon graduation from dental school.

37.   George Bletsas ScholarshipVaries

This scholarship is in honor of MDA member Dr. George Bletas. To apply for this scholarship, students must be in enrolled full–time and in their third year of the undergraduate dental education program at Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

38.   Georgia Dental Association Education Scholarship – $200

The award offers a $200 per academic year scholarship. The applicant must be a Georgia resident and plan to work as a dental assistant in the state. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate financial need and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

39.   Guilford Medical & Dental Managers Scholarship$200–$750

Awarded to a student who is enrolled in a dental hygiene, nursing, medical assisting or medical office technology major. Applicant must be a Guilford County resident in North Carolina and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

40.   Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (Villarreal) Scholarship$380–$1,000

Scholarship is awarded to Hispanic U.S. student who has been accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited dental school or dental hygiene program in the state of Texas. Applicant can be at any stage of the undergraduate program.

41.   Hu–Friedy/Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarships – $1,000

The program awards recipients with the Hu–Friedy dental hygiene instruments of their choice, equivalent to a retail value of $1,000.

42.   I. Henry Grant Fund$3,000

Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a SNDA member and in their junior year of dental school.

43.   Ina Zive Dental Hygiene Scholarship$400

This scholarship is awarded to students already enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program who have already passed both first semester clinical and academic courses.

44.   Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship$1,000

Awarded to graduate students in dental hygiene or a related field.

45.   Jackson Family ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to full–time or part–time students who are pursuing an education in dental hygiene or dental assisting. Applicant should demonstrate some financial need and be merit–based.

46.   James L. Kirkland, Jr. DDS Scholarship FundVaries

Scholarship is awarded to student who is enrolled in the College of Dentistry at UFF for financial assistance.

47.   Jay A. Aldous Dental ScholarshipVaries

This scholarship fund will be awarded to a first year dental student who is enrolled in the University of Utah dental program.

48.   Jerome Frederick Mancewicz Memorial Scholarship$2,100

Awarded to a freshman student majoring in Pre–dental, pre–med or pre–pharmacy at Grand Rapids Community College. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, plan to enroll at a four–year college or university and have a part–time job.

49.   John Dawe Dental Education Fund Varies

Fund is awarded to a full–time student who is enrolled in the school of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, be a resident of the State of Hawaii, have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and attend an accredited 2 or 4 year college as an undergraduate or graduate student.

50.   John G. Nolen ScholarshipVaries

Applicants must be in their third year of the undergraduate dental hygiene program at University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

51.   Johnson & Johnson Scholarship for Academic Excellence$1,000

Two scholarships are reserved for students pursuing a Baccalaureate degree and three scholarships are designated for students pursuing a Certificate or Associate degree.

52.   Joseph N. LeConte Memorial ScholarshipVaries

Scholarship is awarded to a full–time student in their junior or senior year enrolled in a pre–dental or pre–medical program. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

53.   Julia and Dale Martin Pre–Dental ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to an undergraduate student who is enrolled in the pre–dental program in the College of Science at University of Texas Arlington. Applicant must be in good academic standing with the school.

54.   Karla Girts Memorial Community Outreach Scholarship$2,000

Applicants will display a commitment to improving oral health within the geriatric population in addition to a cumulative grade point average equal to or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Requires separate essay.)

55.   Katherine (Koester) & Jacob Kress Memorial ScholarshipVaries

This scholarship is awarded to a student endeavoring a degree in pre–medical or pre–dental

56.   Kenosha County Dental Society Scholarship$750

Applicants must have completed one full semester in dental assistant program; maintain high standards in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings, and exhibit leadership skills. Interest in the program, motivation, and involvement in college/community activities are also considerations in awarding this scholarship.

57.   Krisia and Steve Rhoden Memorial Scholarship Fund – Dentistry Varies

Scholarship is awarded to students who are in the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida. Consideration is given to students from the Caribbean nations including Jamaica.

58.   L.J. King and Maye Hembree Dental ScholarshipVaries

This scholarship will be awarded to students to students majoring in pre–dental, biology, or pre–medicine

59.   Lester E. Hair Memorial Scholarship$125

Awarded to a student with academic excellence that is majoring in pre–dental, pre–nursing, pre–medicine, biology or health science at Reedley College.

60.   Liuzza Family Scholarship$380

Awarded to full–time undergraduate student who has completed at least 24 semester hours at LSU and has a minimum GPA of 3.2. Preference to graduates of an accredited high school in Jefferson or Orleans Parish and have intentions to go into pre–dentistry or pre–medicine.

61.   Louvenia Henderson Memorial ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to a student at Mississippi State University who is enrolled in the pre–dental or pre–medicine programs and shows academic excellence.

62.   LSC–Kingwood Dental Hygiene Endowment ScholarshipVaries

Applicant must be a second year student who has been accepted into the Dental Hygiene program at LSC–Kingwood and have completed at least 49 credit–hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

63.   Marshall M. and Jeannette Butts Dewitt Scholarship FundVaries

This scholarship is awarded to dental students at the University of Florida who demonstrate financial need and display academic excellence and motivation.

64.   MDA Insurance & Financial Group Scholarship

Scholarship will be awarded to dental students who are in their fourth year at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a member of the American Student Dental Association and plan to practice in Michigan upon graduation from dental school.

65.   Meadville Medical Center Medical Staff Memorial Scholarship$1,000

Applicant must be a resident of Crawford County in Pennsylvania who is enrolled in an accredited dental, medical osteopathic or podiatric school in respective programs.

66.   Murray Memorial Scholarship Varies

Awarded to a student enrolled in their second year at Monroe Community College in the dental hygiene or nursing program who displays superior academic achievement.

67.   Nancy Kathryn O’Neil Memorial ScholarshipVaries

Scholarship is awarded to a full–time student with residency in Northshore area in Louisiana who is majoring in pre–dentistry, medicine or veterinary medicine.

68.   National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate–Palmolive Scholarship$10,000

Awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in dentistry, public health, administration, research or law. Applicant must be a member of NDA and be a underrepresented minority student.

69.   National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship ProgramVaries

Awarded to Hispanic student who is committed to an accredited full–time program at any dental, medical, nursing, public health, policy, physician assistant, pharmacy or podiatry school.

70.   Navy Health Services Collegiate Program$42,000

Scholarship will be awarded to students attending Nova Southeastern University with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and pursuing a degree in dentistry, optometrist, physician assistant, health care, physical therapist, environmental health specialist, industrial hygienist, or pharmacy. Applicant will be required to work as a military health officer upon graduation.

71.   NDAF Dental Hygiene Scholarship$800

Scholarship is awarded to a student who is in financial need, has U.S. residency, in good academic standing, an SNDA member and have evidence of community service.

72.   NDAF Dr. Bessie E. Delaney Scholarship$10,000

Scholarship for post–graduate female students

73.   NDAF Dr. Clifton & Lois Dummett Scholarship$10,000

Established by Dr. Clifton & Lois Dummett to provide an award for academic excellence.

74.   NDAF Dr. Jeseph L. Henry First Year Scholarship$2,000

Student must be a first year graduate student with an undergrad GPA of 3.5. Applicant must also be a U.S. resident and have a letter of recommendation from an undergrad professor.

75.   NDAF Pre–Doctoral Student Scholarship$1,000

Student must be in financial need, be in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of dental program in good standing and must be a SNDA member.

76.   Northeast Wisconsin Dental Assistant Association Scholarship$150

Scholarship recipients must be in the last semester of study in the Dental Assistant program with a student membership in the American Dental Assistants Association. Criteria for scholarships awarded will be based on financial need, a 2.0 grade point average or above, attendance, and attitude

77.   Pediatric Dentist of Tomorrow Scholarship$380

Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 in any enrollment year at Tempe Downtown Phoenix Polytechnic West pursuing a career in dentistry. Applicant should be prepared to submit a 300–1,000 word essay

78.   Pee Dee Distric Dental Society ScholarshipVaries

Pee Dee District Dental Society Scholarship awards scholarships for a Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant students residing in the Pee Dee area.

79.   Renee Klein Dental Hygienist Scholarship$380

Student must be entering their second year of the dental hygienist program at Florida State College and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

80.   Richard J. Schnell Memorial ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to an individual who has been accepted into or is enrolled in an ADA accredited dental or dental hygiene program or a graduate post–doctoral program in the U.S. Applicant must be a U.S. resident and demonstrate financial need.

81.   Robert D. Mitus Scholarship Program$2,000

Student must be enrolled full–time and in their final year of an accredited dental hygiene program in the State of Michigan. 3rd year students may also apply if they are in the undergraduate dental hygiene program at University of Michigan or University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

82.   Ruth M. Collings Scholarship$380–$1,000

Awarded to a full–time student in their junior or senior year at the University of North Carolina who is enrolled in the pre–dental, pre–vet or pre–med program. Applicant must file a FAFSA.

83.   School of Dental Medicine ScholarshipVaries

Applicant must attend the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, have at least one letter of recommendation, a one page personal statement and be a member of the Black/African–American race.

84.   Sigma Phi Alpha Graduate Scholarship$1,000

Awarded to an outstanding student pursuing a Graduate degree in dental hygiene or related field that is a potential future Sigma Phi Alpha member or a current member in good standing.

85.   Smile Marketing Dental Scholarship$1,000

Applicant must be enrolled at an accredited dental school as a full–time student.

86.   South Carolina Dental Association Foundation$400

Applicant must be a South Carolina resident have completed one semester of dental hygiene or dental assisting courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0

87.   Summers Memorial Dental Hygiene Scholarship$750

Student must be enrolled full time as a Dental Hygiene student Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, submit one letter of recommendation from a member of the medical/dental field or a personal reference Applicant must also submit a short essay on the impact of cancer in their life Scholarship recipients will be required to attend a minimum of one community cancer related event within one year of receiving scholarship and attend the Northeast Florida Dental Hygiene Association

88.   Terese Racho Beste, DDS Scholarship$1,000

Scholarship will be awarded to Michigan residents who are enrolled in the dental hygiene or dental assisting program at Mott Community College.

89.   The Huntington Bank ScholarshipVaries

Applicants must be a Winter Park resident, a minority student, and pursuing one of the following programs at Valencia College: Dental Hygiene, emergency medical technology, or cardiovascular technology. Applicant must also have completed 16 credit–hours within 3 years and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

90.   The Regents Health Care Scholarship for Medicine and DentistryVaries

Applicants must be a U.S. resident; a graduate student in an approved dental or medical school of New York enrolled full–time and upon graduation must agree to work one year in the State of New York upon graduation.

91.   The Stonisch Foundation ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to a student who is enrolled in a pre–dental program at an accredited college/university.

92.   Washington County Dental Society Scholarships$1,000

Scholarship awarded to a student who is enrolled at Portland Community College in a dental program. Applicant must be a resident of Washington County in Portland, Oregon.

93.   Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association Leadership Award ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated leadership in their student ADHA group. Applicant should be planning on carrying on work in the profession and assist the association for future generations.

94.   Wayne County Dental Society Scholarship$380

Student must be enrolled full–time at Wayne Community College and in their second semester of the dental hygiene program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

95.   Wilburn C. Hobgood ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to deserving student who is majoring in pre–dental, pre–med, biology or chemistry at the University of Arkansas.

96.   William & Ora M. Ruliffson Memorial ScholarshipVaries

Awarded to a student who is enrolled in a pre–dental or pre–med program at Kansas State University.

97.   William H. Copperthwaite ScholarshipVaries

One scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the dental hygiene program. And one scholarship is awarded to an outstanding dental assistant student.

98.   William T. and Jackie C. Reid Scholarship in Dentistry FundVaries

Will be awarded to a student who is enrolled in the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need.

99.   Wilma Motley Memorial California Merit Scholarship$2,000

Applicants must demonstrate leadership experience in addition to meeting the min GPA of 3.5. Must attend a dental program in California.

100.Woman’s Guild Scholarship  – $3,000

Four year partial scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits academic achievement.                 Applicant must be a freshman in their fall semester that is pursuing pre-dental, pre-med, physical therapy or physician assistant programs.

If you know of other dental school scholarships we can add, or see any dental scholarships that are out of date, please contact the offices of Dr. Daniel J. Derksen, DDS, PLLC and we will make any necessary updates.

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Dental Health Tips For College Students

toothbrushIt’s back to school time, a fact that can both be exciting and cause a bit of anxiety. Between exams, papers, projects and trying to have an active social life, many college students have a hard time balancing everything. And sometimes one of the last things on a college student’s mind is having time to keep up on their personal health and wellness.

As Michigan State students get back into the swing of things we wanted to make their transition easier sharing some health and wellness tips to help make the college routine more manageable, easy to follow, and still allow for the college experience. Read More »

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The Benefits of Zoom Whitening

white smileYour smile is your best first impression, so achieving white teeth should not have to be difficult. People desire whiter teeth for a variety of reasons due to stains and yellowing over time. The most common teeth stains are those on the surface on the enamel or below in the dentin. Types of foods, beverages, or lifestyle choices can lead to surface stains, and over time alter the color of the dentin below the enamel. Achieving whiter teeth can boost confidence, portray a younger appearance, show a sign of good health, and reverse the unfortunate event of staining and discoloration. Read More »

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