A woman and a dentist from India, since I immigrated to the USA in 2007, I have been working very hard to prepare myself for dental school here in America - for my National Board Dental Examinations in addition to the TOEFL - at the same time that I now have two lovely children. I am now completing my second of two Continuing Dental Education courses through the California Dental Association, dealing with evidence based dentistry for the clinician and infection control. I feel strongly that I have greatly enhanced my potential as a dentist, with respect to treatment as well as assessment and evaluation. I have particularly enjoyed the case studies with which I have engaged that focus on the elderly, particularly those with uncertain treatment options.
My ongoing dental education here in California has helped me to become quite familiar with the concept of evidence-based dentistry, helping me to greatly refine my understanding of scientific rigor and relevant research results. I now have a much better sense of clinical guidelines here in America and how to apply them through shared decision-making processes. To complement my CE studies through the California Dental Association, I have also been taking private classes online through Duggan Dental Studies to enhance my capacities, particularly in terms of preparation, amalgam, composite, gold crown preparations and full ceramic crowns. I have been serving as an observer with Dr.Aarti here in Los Angeles, learning a great deal, from the general management of the practice through digital ex-rays and complete and partially removable dentures as well as crowns.
I am especially interested in the complex relationships between infection and oral health. This is why I was especially excited by my second CE course dealing with infection. I learned an enormous amount of material not only about minimum standards of infection control by also disease transmission, as well as waste management and laboratory controls. In the future, I particularly look forward to being very active in professional associations, as I was back in India with the Tamil Nadu State Dental Conference, where I presented a paper in 2004 dealing with Oral Sub mucous Fibrosis. As a dentist in India, I was especially concerned with the devastation that resulted from the use of tobacco and alcohol, ultimately leading to oral cancer, even among some members of my family. Thus, I carry with me the dream of returning to India and helping to implement oral health consciousness raising campaigns. I hope to use the world-class training that I will receive in America to return to India and stay as long as possible over the next several decades, so that I can make my mark in dental outreach and education among some of the world’s neediest populations.
I did not see a dentist myself until the age of 16. I had been largely convinced that I was ugly until that time, as a result of a retained deciduous tooth, which the dentist extracted. Until that time, I had repressed my smile, lest others notice my abnormal tooth. After the extraction, I became confident with my own smile, and I yearn to bring this kind of joy and confidence to others.
I thrive on recreating what is lost, restoring a smile to its original or intended form. I will soon complete a decade of preparation since I finished my dental studies in India in 2004 and then served in an internship for one year. From 2004 through 2006, I was practiced dentistry, managing a clinic almost singled handedly. I am confident, yet humble, and I always stay focused. I have assisted with orthognathic and other surgeries, and I find my greatest joy as a team player. I thrive on new developments in dentistry and stay abreast of major developments. My heart is set on becoming very active in the area of prevention in the future, in addition to practicing dentistry, from hygiene to restoration; it is in oral health that I find my greatest joy.