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Four dental licenses in seven years

“As a military spouse, moving and getting a new license is just part of the process,” Dr. Chrissy Hammer said. “I’m definitely used to it, but it doesn’t make it any more fun.”

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Long before I wanted to be a dentist, I dreamt of being a mother

As a woman, it’s risky to talk to potential bosses about anything related to future pregnancies. Hiring dentists likely don’t want to imagine their new associate dentist having to leave for a few months shortly after being hired. I was confident in the value I would add to any practice, though, and felt that if someone didn’t want to hire me because I wanted to expand my family, they were not an office I wanted to work at.

Ask the Expert: Will my student loan debt impact my ability to secure a practice finance loan?

I graduated four years ago, and I am considering buying my first practice. However, I am carrying so much student loan debt that the idea of taking on even more in my professional life is daunting. Will a bank even say yes to me, anyway? – Highly Leveraged

Getting to Know You: Dr. Onika Patel

What was your first job?
I worked at at a local flower shop and got to learn the art of flower arrangement and the operations of a small business.

What Went Wrong: The Practice Wasn’t Ready for an Associate

Paychecks not as promised? Not enough patients? Find out what happens when practice owners hire a new associate without thinking things through.

New Dentist Committee meets at ADA Headquarters

The ADA New Dentist Committee held its meeting Feb. 7-9 to discuss a variety of topics including dental student and new dentist engagement, student debt solutions and collaboration with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

ADA unveils dental licensure interactive map

The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure launched in December an interactive map in an effort to assist dentists with keeping track of current initial licensure requirements by state. The map highlights the varying requirements for dental licensure in the 50 states and Puerto Rico, while also demonstrating the complexity of dental licensure and the need for licensure reform.

Tax Season: Deductions dentists may be overlooking

Recent reports show taxpayers overpay by nearly a billion dollars each year because they take advantage of all the credits, deductions and income adjustments they’re entitled to. Here are the 12 most common deductions tax filers often overlook. Be sure to check with your accountant to make sure they apply to you and your dental practice.

Free webinar: Social media marketing for dentists

Dentists have typically been able to rely on reputation and word of mouth marketing to build their practice. It’s 2020, and their audience is now on social media channels like Facebook and Instagram. Dentists' potential patients are checking their social media feed constantly, and every time they log on is a chance for them to be reminded of your practice, products, and services.


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.