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Dental insurance practices: In the patient’s best interest?

losing-money-to-insuranceAs dental students, we tend to focus on gaining as much clinical experience and knowledge as we possibly can during our dental school years. We try our best to avoid the confusing world of insurance, not thinking about the eventual contracts we will likely sign with dental insurance companies, or “third party payers”. Within these written agreements are a number of possible stipulations and common practices that will affect the way we run our practice and treat our patients.

For example, what if I told you that as an out-of-network, or non-participating provider, a dental insurance company could refuse to forward reimbursement to you, as this would be considered a “perk” of being an in-network contracted dentist? Read on for a list of common dental insurance practices for which every dental student and new dentist should be aware…

Preparing for NBDE I and II as an international dentist

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India and worked at a military hospital as a dental officer and at a volunteer organization for almost two years. Not long after, my husband and I moved to the United States, and I began my path to become licensed to practice in the US.

When we first moved, I was unsure what the future would hold for me, and the challenges that awaited. I spent the first several months adjusting to my life here before I started to figure out my next step. My mind raced with questions like “what’s next?” and I knew that I couldn’t sit idly and waste my time.

Keep reading for Shruti’s tips on taking the NBDE as a foreign-trained dentist.

7 ASDAnet.org resources you (probably) didn’t know about

ASDAnetHave you visited ASDAnet.org recently? Maybe you accessed this blog post from ASDAnet.org’s homepage, or maybe you were there to buy National Dental Board Exam reprints. ASDAnet.org has about 200 pages of content, so it’s hard to get lost in all those dental student resources. As the guy who’s in charge of keeping the site up-to-date, here’s my top 7 resources you probably didn’t know about:

5 ways to shadow dentists as a predental student

asda-graphics-02Predental students vying for a coveted space in dental school need to find innovative ways to stand out to highly selective admissions committees. Whether you are looking to gain clinical insight or to determine if the career is right for you, shadowing a dentist can help you go above and beyond in making an impression. Here are five ways to gain shadowing experience as a predental student:

Cheapskates taking dentistry into their own hands

Gone are the days of how-to books and manuals. Technology has given DIY (do it yourself)-driven people the option to ditch paper resources and utilize the power of the index finger to click, scroll, and select videos on websites like YouTube and Vimeo to learn how to accomplish certain tasks. Taking it a step further, some self-proclaimed home-based professionals believe they can save money here and there by doing repairs and fixes on their own instead of having trained professionals to solve the problem. True to the definition of “DIY”, Grant Hearn took home dental care to another level in TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates. Read more to see how he performed oral surgery on his wife…