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116 Rock Creek Lane
Canton, Georgia 30114
Judges, Senior Project
Cherokee High School
930 Marietta Hwy.
Canton, GA 30114
My name is Wylie Baker; my ultimate career goal is to become an Orthodontist. I plan to accomplish this goal by first attending the University of Georgia; while there, I will major in Biological Sciences following the Pre-Dentistry pathway. After graduating, I will apply to various dental schools and hopefully be admitted to one of my top choices. Once I complete my four years of dental school and graduate with my Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree, I will apply to an orthodontic specialty program. Upon completion of my program, I will be qualified as an orthodontist and then have to gain experience by working in order to earn a license. When I am licensed to practice, I plan to open a practice of my own. These goals are what inspired me to conduct my Senior Capstone Career Project on dentistry.
My research paper, The Effects of Flossing on Dental Health, explores the current argument among dentist world-wide and their opinions on flossing. Our whole lives we have been told to floss, but recently dentist have been releasing statements arguing that there is not enough evidence to support the medical benefits of flossing. Through my research, I learned that if you don’t floss your teeth, it will make put you at a higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Flossing significantly reduces the risk of these issues. It is in everyone’s best interest to continue flossing their teeth.
Doctor Nick Johnson and I worked together to create three separate dental applications: bleaching trays, a mouth guard, and a sleep apnea appliance. We had to start from the ground up which was very difficult. First, I had to learn the basic lingo of the dental world. From there, I learned how to mix an exact amount of alginate and water to create a paste in which would form the molds. Next, I had to pour the molds in a quick manner before they would set so we could take impressions of teeth. Once the impressions are made, I had to create a concrete paste to pour into the impressions to make a model of the teeth. The models were used to create the appliances. At first, I needed a lot of instruction and help throughout the process, but through practice and repetition, I could complete the whole process of making models of teeth on my own.
I would like to pursue a job in Orthodontics when I am older; this project has allowed me insight to the world which dentist live. Orthodontist do a lot of work with impressions and dental applications so I could get a feel for what my future job will entail when making my products. My Senior Capstone Career Project has further influenced my passion for dentistry. I loved every minute that I spent in the dental office. After enduring this wonderful experience, I definitely still plan on pursuing a career in the dental field.
Overall, my Senior Capstone Career Project influenced my life in a very positive manner. Dr. Johnson taught me so many incredible lessons not only in dentistry, but in life. Although at first I was unable to create the models on my own, Dr. Johnson encouraged me to keep working hard and that it will all come with practice. Thank you for taking the time to judge all of our projects, this process could not have been complete without you.