Patient autonomy vs. patient-pleasing as a new dentist

The day we obtain our dental license, our role changes from student to doctor. After a lifetime of being told what to do by “grown-ups,” teachers and professors, the roles reverse. It can be challenging when confronted by patients asking us to do things we are not comfortable with doing, especially if we want to please our patients.… Read More »

At SmileCon, Olympic curler and new dentist reflects on busy 2022

Tara Peterson, D.D.S., is a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and member the U.S. curling team that competed at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. Her sister also made the team. She spoke at SmileCon 2022 in Houston and allowed the New Dentist blog to publish her speech. The speech, which has been slightly… Read More »

Guest blogger: My journey from Mexico to dental school

Gabriel Perez is currently a fourth-year dental student at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and Hispanic Dental Association trustee. He is originally from a small rural town in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Mr. Perez and his family migrated to New Jersey at the age of 11. He earned his bachelors of science in… Read More »

Organized dentistry: What’s in it for me?

If you’re a new grad, you’ve definitely asked yourself this question about organized dentistry. “What’s in it for me?” If no one has said this to you before, I see you and acknowledge the challenges that you face as a new doctor. It’s a balancing act. You’re working long hours, gaining speed and proficiency, learning how to communicate… Read More »

With dentistry, enjoy every day of your work

Happiness. Passion. Fun. Dr. Chang I believe these are the three main qualities that you should look for in your dental career, aside from helping people. Of course, many people pursue dentistry as a career for various reasons, such as fulfillment of their financial aspirations, owning their own business, or to selflessly help people. We choose dentistry because… Read More »

Emotional intelligence is a vital skill for new dentists

Dentistry can be stressful due to the complex operating field, small workplace and the required expert skills. Patient stress and fear surrounding the dentist is also a factor in creating a sometimes-challenging environment. Dr. Al Sammarraie You may hear “I hate going to the dentist” from patients or experience resistance, which can create pressure in your workspace. Imagine… Read More »