Contour is the premier magazine of the American Student Dental Association and reports on relevant industry trends, champions student rights and represents your formative experience to the wider dental community. Just like ASDA, Contour is shaping the dental student experience.

Since January 2017, ASDA members have been receiving Contour as a benefit of their membership, in place of ASDA News and Mouth. The publication comes out 10 times per year, with combined issues in June/July and November/December.

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April 2018 - Pharmacology in dentistryApril18cover

Guidelines are the best medicine

Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rogers, Buffalo '18, writes: "Local anesthesia, analgesics and opioids, corticosteroids, saliva stimulants and substitutes, antiseptics, fluoride supplements and antibiotics. Dentists have prescribed most of these without incident for years. But it's no secret that the profession is under fire for imprudent prescribing of opioids and antibiotics. How did we get here and how can graduating dentists do better?"
 
This issue of Contour explores just that. Find articles about identifying patients with drug-seeking behaviors and the Trump administration's response to the opioid crisis. Catch our review on Gary Taubes's book, "The Case Against Sugar," as well as one student's path to specializing in the treatment of orofacial pain.

Read more from the April issue.

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