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 »

Why I decided to pursue dentistry, Part 3

It’s September, which means that many, if not most, dental schools are back in session, teaching, training and preparing the next generation of dentists. ADA News asked Danielle Silver, The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2023 why she decided to pursue dentistry. “I have always wanted to be a dentist because I love working… Read More »

Why I decided to pursue dentistry, Part 2

It’s September, which means that many, if not most, dental schools are back in session, teaching, training and preparing the next generation of dentists. ADA News asked Jackson Downey, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2025, why he decided to pursue dentistry. Deciding to become a dentist has been a life-long process for me, with… Read More »