Contour is the only news source dedicated to sharing the dental-student narrative and addressing their holistic needs as they prepare to enter the workforce as dental professionals. ASDA members receive Contour 10 times a year, with combined issues in June/July and November/December.

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Recent Issues


November/December 2022 – Decreasing Disparities

In his editor’s note, “Decreasing disparities: Dentists’ obligation, 2022-23 ASDA Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lee, Texas-Houston ‘23, writes: “This month’s issue of Contour is dedicated to advocacy, specifically decreasing disparities… For our cover story, Yuying Guo, Harvard ‘24, wrote how addressing the social determinants of health closes the oral health disparity gap among children. Harnoor Kaur Mahal, Washington ‘24, passionately argued why dentists are obligated to treat undocumented patients, a group at increased risk of oral health issues. Lauren Hogstrom, Pennsylvania ‘26, detailed how dentists can support domestic violence patients.

“These stories and more remind us that patients need dentists to advocate for their oral health, and that we need to take responsibility for decreasing disparities in oral healthcare.”

Read more from the November/December issue.


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