Category Archives: Helping You Succeed as a Dentist

In case you missed it: Most popular New Dentist Now articles of 2021

Editor’s note: Thank you to our readers and contributors for allowing the New Dentist Now become a platform for new dentists to share and learn about their experiences and insights. If you would like to contribute, please contact newdentist@ada.org. We look forward to 2022! What you should learn in dental school, but don’t As I start my endo… Read More »

50 Years: Former student leaders offer insight, lessons learned in retrospective series

In February 1970, a group of dental students met in Chicago to form an independent national dental student organization and named themselves the Student American Dental Association (SADA). The following year the ADA embraced this idea and organized a meeting of student representatives from each dental school in the country to help form a new organization called the… Read More »

What does it mean to be a dentist?

A little over a month ago I left working full time at a Federally Qualified Health Center. I have spent the last six years of my career working in public health, and the first three years were a couple of short stents working in mobile dentistry visiting nursing homes, a couple of different private practices, “Medicaid offices” and… Read More »

Business side of dentistry: 7 things to consider for when opening your first practice

Editor’s note: This is the 12th article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. Decided to do a start up? Here’s a few pointers that may make you a little more successful in this venture: 1. A thorough demographic analysis. Although, I’ve seen… Read More »

Business side of dentistry: When to do a startup?

Editor’s note: This is the 11th article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. Doing a startup may seem exciting, but as I’m going through it myself currently, I can say it is one scary endeavor. Probably scarier than anything else I’ve ever… Read More »

What you should learn in dental school, but don’t

Something feels oddly familiar. Sitting in my neighborhood coffee shop with my laptop open, staring at a course syllabus as it ominously lays out what my life will look like for the next several months. Coffee, flash cards, and wild Friday nights are in my future. And if I’m lucky, I’ll get the pleasure of writing a research… Read More »