Welcome to the updated Website!

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By: Justine Bednarski, The Ohio State University, District 6 Trustee

Welcome to the recently updated ASDA District 6 Website! The Cabinet was recently slated in April and we have been working hard to plan a successful year. With the district website, we hope that chapter members can use this as a resource to see what each local chapter has been accomplishing this year, along with updates from National ASDA. We plan to have updated blogs about health/wellness, advocacy efforts, and local chapter events. If you are interested in writing about your local chapter, or have any interesting dental topics to blog about, please feel free to send contributions to our Website Chair, Samantha Lindsey at . #ASDAfever

Welcoming our District 6 Cabinet VP’s

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Name: Riley Schaff

Cabinet position: Communications Chair and U-M Chapter Vice President

School and Year: University of Michigan, Class of 2017

  1. If you weren’t studying dentistry, what would you want to study?

I would want to study music if I weren’t studying dentistry. I have played piano since I was young and have always loved it.

  1. What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is watching Netflix in my bed.

Name: Eli William

Cabinet Position: CWRU Chapter Vice President

School and Year: Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2017

  1. If you weren’t studying dentistry, what would you want to study?

I would still be studying biology. I love learning about why things happen on a physiological level and what we are made of on a cellular/molecular level. I took almost every biology class possible in university (from genetics/evolution to plant biology). As for a job, I’d love to flip houses on the side. It’s awesome to think that you can take a “helpless” project and turn it into someone’s dream home! Science + Esthetics have always been my interests, I guess (hello dentistry!).

  1. What is your favorite hobby?

I need a break from the stress of school sometimes, so when I can I turn to reality television + popular culture. Please don’t judge.

Name: Kelli Brooks

Cabinet position: WVU Chapter Vice President

School and year: West Virginia University, Class of 2017

  1. If you weren’t studying dentistry, what would you want to study?

If I weren’t studying dentistry I would most likely be in another medical field like oncology, pathology, or maybe even teaching.

  1. What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is probably golfing, although it is hard to choose just one! I love being outdoors whether it’s golfing, hiking, spending time with friends on the lake, or snowboarding in the winter. Golf is my favorite because it gives me a chance enjoy the quiet and clear my head after a stressful day at school!

Name: Kathryn Dickmann

Cabinet position: District 6 Fundraising Chair and UDM Chapter Vice President

School and year: University of Detroit Mercy, Class of 2017

  1. If you weren’t studying dentistry, what would you want to study?

I would be studying nutrition and food science. It fascinates me and I think it is important to be conscious of what we put in our bodies and how it affects us!

  1. What is your favorite hobby?

Being active!

Name: David Gorenz

Cabinet position: OSU Chapter Vice President

School and year: The Ohio State University, Class of 2017

  1. If you weren’t studying dentistry, what would you want to study?

If I weren’t studying dentistry, I would want to study and teach history. American History and European history were two of my favorite classes in high school, and I really enjoyed learning about Ancient Rome in my Latin courses. I still enjoy reading books and articles about these things and visiting history museums when I’m on vacation.

  1. What is your favorite hobby?

My current favorite hobbies are playing beach volleyball and kickball in local sports leagues here in Columbus! I’ve been playing weekly volleyball games with 5 of my fellow classmates over the last two summers and we have built some great team skills in the process. We just joined a weekly kickball league for the second straight summer as well, so my Mondays and Tuesdays are now two of my favorite days of the week because they are our kickball and volleyball days.

Supreme Court Decides Against Dentists in North Carolina Teeth Whitening Case

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by: Mudita Agrawal

Teeth-whitening services can be expensive in a dentist’s office. It can range anywhere from $400 to $1,300. In North Carolina, spas, salons, and stores realized this and they began offering similar services for dramatically lower prices. By 2003, these spas and salons were spread all over the state.

Soon enough after these non-dentists began providing teeth-whitening services, there were several complaints from consumers such as bleeding or “chemically burned” gums. There were also complaints of procedures being performed without gloves or masks. As a result of this, the state dental board did an investigation, and more than 40 cease-and-desist letters to non-dentist teeth-whitening providers were issued. The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners accused the whitening businesses of practicing dentistry without a license and ordered them to stop the practice or face potential criminal charges. They also sent letter to malls asking them not to lease space to non-dentists who provided teeth whitening.

The Federal Trade Commission complained against the board on June 17, 2010, alleging that the board was harming competition by preventing non-dentists from providing teeth-whitening services in North Carolina. The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed that the state regulatory scheme violated federal antitrust law by giving private dentists the power to knock out their competitors for personal gain.

The North Carolina state board then filed the case with the U.S. Supreme Court as they felt that the Supreme Court’s decision could have far-reaching implications. Since 2005, at least 14 states have changed their laws or regulations to exclude all but licensed dentists, dental hygienists or dental assistants from offering teeth-whitening services.

In February, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the decision that the North Carolina state dental board does not have the authority to regulate teeth whitening services. It was a decision with the potential to transform the makeup and reach of similar licensing boards across the country, including those that oversee lawyers, nurses, and doctors. This ruling may have far-reaching consequences for dentists and other professionals across The U.S. and the public they serve.