Category Archives: Just for Fun

My missing piece: Reaffirming my love for puzzles during the COVID-19 pandemic

While studying for my DATs about a decade ago, I remember being frustrated with the PAT section of the exam. Why would I ever need to know which asymmetrical and strange shape would fit into which hole? How would this be relevant to the practice of dentistry? As I passed time by working on a 2,000 piece jigsaw… Read More »

Every night has its dawn: What I’m most excited for when normal returns

Unprecedented. Pandemic. The year that shall not be named. To say this past year has been “wild” is about as understated as statements can come. I became unemployed and re-employed within a few weeks. I went from being nonessential to the public to absolutely essential and probably the busiest I’ve ever been. I applied, interviewed, and was accepted… Read More »

Light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel

Ahhh summer… The sweet breeze and the warmth of the of day just hugging your skin. I love summer which is why I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where it’s summer practically all year — with a few months of hell fire. I have no complaints as I eat ice cream and lounge by the pool while my family… Read More »

Celebrating National Dentist’s Day: Thank those who inspire you

March 6 was a day to celebrate National Dentist’s Day. I want to take the time to recognize and thank all of the dentists. Being a dentist is not an easy feat. Give yourself a pat on the shoulders. Thank you for being mentors to others and caring for your patients with compassion. I was made aware of… Read More »

In case you missed it: Most popular blog posts of 2020

The New Dentist Now blog made a small change at the start of 2020: Only publish articles by dentists for dentists, becoming a platform that allows mainly new dentists to share their experiences and insights. The shift has helped the blog grow its audience, with more than 206,000 page views (and counting) in 2020 — up from 183,000… Read More »

When thinking of what to be thankful for, dig a little deeper

There are times when expressing gratitude flows out of me like a waterfall, and other times when I feel squeezed out of the ability to be grateful like a dried-up sponge. Unfortunately, the ability to be grateful can be conditional, and 2020 has pushed us all to our limits. Growing up as a Christian we are taught to… Read More »