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Get Involved!

Are you a new dentist – less than 10 years out of dental school? Your voice is important!  

6 ways for new dentists to get involved:

  1. Contact your ADA New Dentist Committee representative.
    We care about what you think. Have an idea or concern that you think the ADA should know about? Let us know.

  2. Reach out to your state or local New Dentist Committee.
    Most state dental societies have a New Dentist Committee that provides new dentist resources, CE tracks for new dentists and social networking events. To get involved in the planning, development or execution of these benefits, call your state or local dental society or talk to your ADA New Dentist Committee representative.

  3. Write for the New Dentist Now blog. 
    Email us at newdentist@ada.org with your ideas to get started. We love to share the new dentist perspective on practice and life.
  4. Ask about micro-volunteering opportunities at your state or local dental society.
    Don’t want a big commitment? Don’t worry. There are lots of ways to participate. Starting with your local dental society is a great way to begin.

  5. Here are a few ideas to consider: 
    • Volunteer at your state’s annual meeting
    • Write an article for your state or local society’s journal, blog or newsletter
    • Volunteer to be the new dentist liaison for the society’s social media outlets, like Facebook or Instagram
    • Give a lunch and learn presentation at an area dental school
    • Participate in a study club, coordinate a study club meeting
    • Ask if there are any shadowing opportunities for new dentists at an upcoming meeting or event 
    • Recruit new members through Member Get a Member or similar programs

  6. Volunteer for charitable dentistry events and help bridge the gap
    There are so many events to choose from today. Examples include both Mission of Mercy (MOM) and Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) events. The MOM events are large-scale dental clinics where dental treatment is provided at no cost to individuals who cannot access and/or afford dental care. The GKAS events provide access to care for children who do not receive dental care and establish a dental home for them. These events are volunteer-driven and there is always room for more. Contact your state or local society for more information.

  7. Take a stand in Washington D.C.
    As the saying goes, if you’re not at the table, you’ll be on the menu. Congress is making decisions that can affect your practice and your patients, and your involvement can make a difference. Congressional leaders love to see young faces. Many state societies coordinate lobby days at the state Capitol – make your voice heard. 

Not sure where to start? Call Tera Lavick, director, ADA New Dentist Committee at 800.621.8099 ext. 2386 or newdentist@ada.org.