Root Of The Matter

Dental Materials: More Than Meets The Eye

If there's one class in dental school that I probably should have paid more attention in, it was Biomaterials. Day in and day out we spend placing hundreds of different dental materials in our patients. Have you ever thought about what really goes into all these materials? Sure, an e.max crown may be lithium disilicate,…
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Staying Committed #Priorities

For those of you who know me more on a personal level, then you are aware of my love for organized dentistry. Throughout dental school, I had the privilege of serving in numerous leadership roles from being the first delegate of ECU ASDA, ECU SoDM Trustee to North Carolina Dental Society, and the 2015-2016 National…
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Sweet Home Oklahoma: Trusting the Process

Greetings Everyone, For those who may not know me, my name is LaJoi Wiggins (or should I say Dr. Wiggins now ☺),  and I am one of the newest bloggers to the EDIC family. A quick background about me. I was born in Hawaii into a military family but claim Raleigh, North Carolina as my…
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Delta Echo Bravo Tango (DEBT)

Since October 2016, I've gone through the process of applying for the Army Reserves and commissioning as a captain, O-3 to a unit based near me in Atlanta. A great benefit of this opportunity is loan repayment options, but I want to make it abundantly clear that you should not apply to the military for…
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What’s Your Worth?

Your first year out you'll probably be stumbling to figure out how to get through a work day and not being overwhelmed with the procedures on your schedule. The good news is, many of my new grad friends as well as myself have gotten past this hurdle and now we're heading towards the next one.…
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Learning on the Curve

It's always easy to write off people saying things like "you'll learn more your first year out of dental school than the whole time during school". I'm not going to try to prove that argument. but I will say I learned how to "do life" completely differently after graduating. It's also a time where you're…
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Tax Got Your Tongue?

April 18th was not just another tax Tuesday. It was the first tax day that I was not getting a tax refund. Instead I had to pay taxes. It was a sobering day to say the least, as I wrote my checks to the federal and state government. I kept combing through my tax documents…
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Chained to Dental Insurance

Dental insurance always seems to be a hot topic in the profession. Lately though, it has been a hot button issue in Massachusetts. Over the past few months, I have witnessed the influence and power of dental insurance companies. The impact these companies have on dentists vary from whether you're a practice owner or a…
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The Price Tag of Continuing Education

It didn't take long after graduation to realize that my education had only just begun. It's funny that a dentist doesn't "work", but instead we "practice". Maybe not the most comforting phrase for a patient, but the truth is, we are life long learners. And with the landscape rapidly changing, to be successful and effective…
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Back to Thinking About the Future

"What's your long term plans?" It's been less than a year since I've graduated, and both my practices have asked me this question. And while I would love to have an answer to this question, like most new dentists, I'm doing my best to not drown amidst the new challenges I face daily. However, having…
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