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ADA for New Dentists

SmileCon™ 2021

From composite dentistry to photography, get to know the creative side of dentistry during Art & Design sessions at SmileCon.

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The ADA supports and provides tips, tools, and resources to all new dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago.


New Dentist Now Blog

My missing piece: Reaffirming my love for puzzles during the COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:00:06 +0000 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 [...]
Dental school: If I could do it all over again
Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:00:57 +0000 I might be branding myself as a super-nerd here, but I love school. So much so that I switched paths in dentistry to be in [...]
Business side of dentistry: Becoming the leader you need to be
Tue, 07 Sep 2021 13:00:55 +0000 Editor’s note: This is the ninth article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to [...]
Licensure Reform: The case for expanding interstate portability
Mon, 30 Aug 2021 13:40:22 +0000 The barriers for dentists to easily move across state lines, aka “portability”/”reciprocity,” has been a sore issue for the dental profession for many years. Dr. [...]
What I miss most about dental school
Tue, 24 Aug 2021 14:11:05 +0000 What do I miss the most about dental school? Lunch. As a private practice owner and a solo practitioner, it is not uncommon for me [...]
What you should learn in dental school, but don’t
Mon, 16 Aug 2021 13:00:54 +0000 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 [...]
Separating tragedy and dentistry: What I miss most about dental school
Mon, 09 Aug 2021 13:30:05 +0000 Let me start by saying, I hated dental school when I was in it. My father had been having some undetermined health problems, so when [...]
Business side of dentistry: The two most overlooked pieces of technology in your office
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 14:33:20 +0000 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 [...]
Looking for ways to increase access to care? Consider GKAS
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:43:05 +0000 The ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program has been my gateway into public health as well as an avenue to leadership within the ADA. Like [...]
Licensure Reform: The case for eliminating the clinical exam
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:30:16 +0000 Some may argue that progress has indeed been made in the administration of the licensure exam over the last 50 years given that regional testing [...]