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ADA resources for new dentists, students

February 02, 2015

By Kimber Solana

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of stories on ADA products and services for members.

Recognizing that dental students and new dentists have different needs, the ADA offers a plethora of services, resources and benefits to help them succeed in their professional and personal lives.

"I see the ADA as the lighthouse of dentistry, guiding our profession to a safe and ethical future, and steering us away from the dangers of outside entities," said Dr. Chris Hasty, vice-chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee.

Dental students and new dentists receive benefits all other members get, including travel benefits, health and wellness information, continuing education programs and access to care initiatives. However, certain ADA products and services are tailored to their needs.

Financial planning

Adjusted for inflation, the average dental school debt for the class of 2000 was $118,515. For the class of 2013, it was $215,145, according to the annual ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors.

The ADA provides dental students and new dentists with resources to help them stay on track for a bright financial future.

Provided by Wells Fargo Practice Finance, the Center for Professional Success provides business planning calculators that can help new dentists and dental students determine how much they can responsibly afford to borrow for personal and business use; estimate monthly loan payment; and see how much faster they can pay off an existing loan by adding an additional fixed amount to their monthly payments.

For financial assistance, the ADA Foundation has a scholarship program for those pursuing careers in dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting and dental laboratory technology. The number of ADAF scholarships awarded is dependent upon available annual funds. To learn more about the ADA Foundation scholarships, visit the website.

In addition, the ADA provides information on dental student loan repayment programs and resources that offer student loan repayment assistance. To learn more, visit

Understanding licensure

Dental licensure marks the transition between dental school and dental practice. The Web resource, "Licensure Resources for Dental Students," takes students through the application process, preparing for the clinical exam, notification and appeals, etc. To view the resource, visit online.

Finding a job

The ADA CareerCenter is the official online job board of the ADA, a resource for searching dental career opportunities or recruiting dental professionals. The resource allows professionals to search or post job opportunities. Visit the ADA CareerCenter.

Staying up-to-date

The ADA can also help new dentists and dental students stay current on the latest dentistry news, scientific findings and studies.

The Journal of the American Dental Association and the ADA News are free to members. These publications are available online, including the ADA Morning Huddle, a daily bulletin of the latest news compiled exclusively for ADA members.

New dentists and dental students also receive the ADA New Dentist News, a quarterly publication distributed as an insert in the ADA News as a member resource. To read the latest issue, visit the website.

The New Dentist Now is a blog where new dentists can keep up with their colleagues, stay fresh on issues in dentistry and find out about events.

For scientific findings and studies, members can access full-text articles online from over 280 journals through the ADA Library & Archives website. About 95 percent are strictly dental journals. To access the ADA Library & Archives online, visit the website.

These resources and more can be accessed via the new ADA for Dental Students Web portal.

Leadership and advocacy

Comprising 17 members, the New Dentist Committee is a national committee of the ADA Board of Trustees. Its mission: To serve as the voice of the new dentist within the ADA. The committee advises the Board on member benefits and the member experience from a new dentist perspective.

The New Dentist Committee oversees the Success Dental Student Programs conducted in dental schools around the country. The programs provide the next generation of dentists with ethical and practice management information and ADA resources for the transition from dental school to dental practice.

"As a new dentist it is important to be a member of the ADA because we are the future of Dentistry," said Dr. Michael LeBlanc, NDC chair. "To help set policy, we must have a voice."

To get involved or for more information, call your state or local dental society, or contact the ADA New Dentist Committee office at or 1-312-440-2386.