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


January 2023 – Back to basics

In his editor’s note, “In touch with the fundamentals,” 2022-23 ASDA Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lee, Texas-Houston ‘23, writes: “This month’s issue of Contour is dedicated to the basic principles of dentistry…

Julia Zheng, Texas-Houston ’26, wrote about the hidden but ubiquitous world of the microbiome and how it affects dentistry in surprising ways. From Cathy Tran, Georgia ’24, learn about the industry and life of dental lab technicians, the unsung heroes who make magic happen behind the scenes. Finally, take a sobering look at our own profession as Margaret McGuire, North Carolina ’24, probes the status of evidence-based dentistry, and what we can do to improve.”

Read more from the January issue.


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  September 2022