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Getting to Know You: Dr. Michelle Aguilos Thompson

What has been the best time of your career so far? I would say right now because I have found my calling. I walk into work each day feeling accomplished and I’m enjoying every moment.

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Open forum to explore racial inequities in dentistry

Dentists seeking to gain a greater understanding on racial inequities in the profession are invited to a virtual open forum organized by the ADA’s New Dentist Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

How to pick the best residency program for you

Trying to find information on all the residency programs out there and then trying to narrow it down to find a best fit may seem like near impossible task.

Dentist or therapist? In our profession, compassion is an inescapable part of our job

For those of us who didn’t grown up in a family of dentists, little did we know on entering dental school and starting out in practice that this would also entail being a shoulder to cry on.

What Went Wrong: My transition plan fell through after months of planning

Dr. Steve was all set to buy Dr. Sonia’s practice – until things fell apart. See three things they could have changed to help the deal close.

‘Perfect fit for me’: Maine dentist on finding the ideal associateship through ADAPT

"This program helped me to make the connections I needed in a state in which I had zero connections. This program takes the guess work out of trying to find the right practice for you."

Keys to success? Zoom with a dentist and find out

How has the median income and demographics of dentistry changed in recent years? What resources are at my disposal when it comes to COVID-19 and treating patients? These questions and countless others can be answered with the ADA Success Program, which is now virtual.

COVID-19 pandemic shines light on telehealth services

“New dentists are the most likely early adopters since they tend to be willing to adopt new technology and tools,” Dr. Suter said. “New dentists also had experience in dental school with coursework that closely resembled a teledentistry examination.”

My New Dentist Life: Shaking off those first-day nerves

My name is officially on our office door. I didn’t realize until seeing my name up there how proud I felt of my accomplishments and the gratitude I feel for the many people that helped get me here.


Featuring personal stories and insight on the dental profession for new dentists and dental students.


From managing debt to practice management, the ADA offers support for dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago.


Take a look at archived articles from New Dentist News by date.



The ADA New Dentist News is a member resource for new dentists and dental students offering in-depth stories, news and insight about new dentists and their experiences across the practice paradigms in dentistry. The publication is a quarterly print supplement to the ADA News, while its website offers the latest news affecting new dentists today. The New Dentist News was created by the ADA New Dentist Committee, which advises the ADA Board of Trustees on the needs, interest and concerns of dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago.