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Q&A: What have you been doing — at work or home — during the coronavirus crisis?

“We have four offices. Two are closed completely and two are open limited hours for emergencies procedures. Only two of our six doctors have been seeing patients. Since I am not one of those doctors I have been cleaning and organizing our offices, hanging new pictures, catching up on emails, calling into numerous conferences calls and catching up on online CE during the day."

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In the face of novel times

Hard to believe just a few short weeks ago when I had asked another medical provider about this virus in China that was causing the Chinese government to build hospitals overnight to treat the sick, they scoffed at this virus with a childish answer that it was just like the flu and the biggest concern and threat were the racist people in America not going to certain ethnic restaurants.

An open letter to the class of 2020 from a dental school faculty member

Dental students,
By now I’m willing to bet that each and every one of you have been affected to some extent by the current events associated with COVID-19.

Despite uncertainties over COVID-19, let’s be the voice of reason

After handing out 21 temporary lay-off letters, retaining a skeleton crew of seven, managing weeks of patient rescheduling and sitting down with four partners about how to continue to pay rent, business expense, payroll and taxes, I am exhausted and really, really scared.

ADA answers FAQs on dental student loans affected by COVID-19

The Association on March 19 provided answers to two frequently asked questions regarding student loans: Can I stop making payments on my student loans until I’m working again? And should I refinance my student loans while interest rates are lower?

ADA develops guidance on dental emergency, nonemergency care

The ADA provided its members and their patients detailed guidance on March 18 on what to consider dental emergencies and nonemergencies dental care as part of an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and alleviate the burden on hospital and emergency departments.

Dental schools take proactive steps in response to coronavirus outbreak

Classes moving online, practicing social distancing and cancelling of university-sponsored travel and events are among the ways dental schools around the country are responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

Laurel Road seeks details on federal student loan program part of coronavirus response

Laurel Road, the student loan refinancing program endorsed by the ADA, announced March 17 it is working with federal agencies and their servicing partner, MOHELA, to understand the specifics of a federal student loans program the Trump administration announced March 13 in response to the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19.

Tennessee’s Hands On! Discovery Center adds oral health exhibit

Dr. Rachel Hymes was visiting the Hands On! Discovery Center, an interactive science center for children, with her kids to explore exhibits on electricity, rockets and fossils, when she noticed something was missing. “I realized there weren’t any health exhibits,” said Dr. Hymes, president of the First District Dental Society.


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.