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March, 2020

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

    "With everything going on, I have only been able to see my wife for about 30 minutes every other day, and that is only after she disrobes in the garage and showers so as not to spread possible virus particles in our house. It's quite sad to be honest!”

    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.

    ADA answers FAQs on dental student loans

    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?

    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.

    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.

    ASDA honors former ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole with 2020 Paragon Award

    The American Student Dental Association awarded Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, who served as ADA president 2018-19, with the 2020 Paragon Award during its March 7 annual session in St. Louis.

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

    This idea came into fruition more than a year later with the Feb. 29 unveiling of the healthy smile exhibit, an interactive exhibit that helps kids learn about brushing and flossing, just in time for National Children’s Dental Health Month. The anatomically correct giant size set of teeth are a yellowish dingy color. But using an oversized toothbrush and floss for two minutes, the kids can clean the teeth and turn them pearly white and healthy.

    The ins and outs of refinancing

    Are you a full-time working dentist? Is your credit score 680 or higher? Do you have educational debt? If the answer to these questions is yes, then it might be time to consider refinancing.

    Erasing dental debt: From $200K to zero in less than three years

    While many are content with a 10-year or longer repayment plan, these four new dentists were not. From Dr. Dawn Wehking paying off her $210,000 student loans in six years to Dr. Jonathan Vo paying off his $200,000 loans in two and a half years, here’s how they significantly cut the life of their loans — principles that can apply to much bigger debt.

    Free webinar: An introduction to understanding dental insurance

    Are you a new office manager trying to navigate dental insurance? Did you start a new practice or hire new front office staff who are trying to file claims? Register for the webinar, “Understanding Dental Insurance: An Introduction,” to be held April 7, noon to 1 p.m. Central time.