During my breaks from dental school I love to read as much as I can. This summer break I decided to give a new book a try: Teeth, as recommended by one of our faculty members a few weeks prior. Yup, my favorite thing in the world. I’m not going to spoil the book for you but if you enjoy reading and want to learn more about the current issues of oral health in this country I highly suggest diving into this.
Teeth, by Mary Otto, is a story about the beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America. Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She writes about the history of dentistry, going back to the beginnings of oral health care in America. Within the book you learn more about how America is handling oral health care—not just from a dental standpoint, but through the eyes of the average patient who walks in your door.
As like most of you I try to use my free time to stay as up-to-date with dentistry as I can to supplement my stint in both the classroom and clinic. This book will be an easy read for you to see what people are talking about outside of our dental schools in terms of oral health.
Taylor Velasquez, ASDOH ’19