Category Archives: Communicating

Practicing mindfulness as a new dentist

There are too many things happening in life that could make us feel stressed, overwhelmed and less focused. Especially as a new dentist with a lot of responsibilities, your mind is constantly busy trying to get a clearer insight of where you want to take your practice to. The first rule to keep in mind is that there’s… Read More »

Help colleagues by adding your voice to the New Dentist blog

The ADA’s award-winning ADA’s New Dentist blog is seeking contributors interested in writing about their experiences and insights on the unique challenges facing early career dentists who graduated from dental school fewer than 10 years ago. From managing student debt, navigating employment contracts and acquiring a practice to avoiding burnout and choosing a career path, the goal of… Read More »

Building trust with our patients

As dentists, we took a professional oath to care for our patients. We entered the profession with the ideological belief that we can and will make a difference in our patients lives. We are hopeful, eager and will go above and beyond to ensure their needs are taken care of. We are sincere in our efforts and in… Read More »

Business side of dentistry: The two most overlooked pieces of technology in your office

Editor’s note: This is the eighth article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. A lot of us are thinking of buying a CEREC system in our brand-new office, hoping it make things efficient. We also consider getting the fanciest massage chairs for… Read More »

Knowing when to ask for help and refer

Fresh out of dental school — I can do anything! Quadrant dentistry — I got this! A molar root canal — no sweat! Crown and bridge — I can do this with my eyes closed! But that third molar distally impacted tooth #17 — ummmm…they didn’t cover that well in my oral surgery class. With student debt, bills… Read More »

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 »