Category Archives: After Dental School

Dentist or therapist? In our profession, compassion is an inescapable part of our job

For most of us, the reasons behind becoming dentists are fairly common across the board:  we like working with our hands; we like creating beautiful smiles; we wanted to own our own business (for the business owners of the group); and the catch all, we wanted to help people. For those of us who didn’t grown up in… Read More »

All about character: What my time with the Army National Guard has taught me about being a dentist

The Army Blackhawk helicopter banked over the mountain ridges of California before soaring through the canyons and hovering over treetops doing their flight maneuvers. A giant grin was across my dusty face as I savored every moment. I had joined a soldier who was doing a preventative medical visit for another battalion at Fort Hunter Liggett. There was… Read More »

My New Dentist Life: Shaking off those first-day nerves

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a New Dentist Now blog series, My New Dentist Life, following a new dentist’s first year experience out of dental school. Finally, I can write to you as a practicing dentist! It really felt like this moment would never come as it has been a goal of mine for so… Read More »

Five keys to finding the perfect associateship

I traveled a lot after graduating dental school. As a result, I’ve had three different associateships. Starting out as an associate after dental school provides a wonderful opportunity to observe, learn and grow. Additionally, if you are able to associate at more than one practice, you quickly learn how different clinics function. Few operational aspects become apparent within… Read More »

Six pearls for the dental soul

It has been a year since I received my doctorate in dental surgery. I still remember graduation day and the unparallel feeling of walking across the stage to obtain my glossy paper with the official seal. The day solidified the many years of hard work and preparation for a second career that I deemed respectable and enriching. During… Read More »

The cost to do dentistry well

I’ve always heard that the dental profession is a tight-knit community of like-minded individuals, here to service patients with the best care possible. Since entering the world of private practice general dentistry in 2018, this has largely proven to be true. I’ve had excellent mentors, and I’ve been fortunate to find some success as a young associate in… Read More »