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The Best Blogs of Mouthing Off: Editors’ choice

Best-of-weekToday marks the last day of the 2014 Best Blogs of Mouthing Off week. We have seen the best of the best, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. We wish we could feature all of our authors. If it weren’t for the members who volunteer to blog, we would not have Mouthing Off. This blog has published 160 posts in 2014. In total we have featured more than 263 bloggers from across the United States. Our authors include dentists, specialists, dental students, predental students and ASDA staff.

Mouthing Off is run by two electronic editors. We’re ASDA members who applied and were appointed to the position by ASDA’s Board of Trustees. This year, Jay Banez, Marquette ’16, and I were appointed to the positions. (Want our job? You can apply for the electronic editor position by clicking here. But hurry! The deadline is Jan. 5.) ASDA Publications Manager Kim Kelly works closely with us to publish three times every week. In recognition of this team, we chose today as the editors’ choice of their favorite blogs in 2014.

Leadership through self-help books

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I’m a big fan of self-help books. I’m not talking about “Golf For Dummies” but just good old nonfiction reads. Whether it’s financial or marital advice (“5 Love Languages” anyone?), I really believe that you can find answers to most your problems in books. Is a book as effective as a financial adviser, maybe not; but it’s a lot less expensive.

So whether or not you’re currently attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference in Chicago this weekend, you can still gain a lot of leadership insights just from picking up some reading material. Yes, you’ll have to put down the study guides and textbooks for a minute, but the break from dentistry might do you some good.

Read on for a list of leadership reads that can set you on the path to success in dental school and beyond.

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:

Receive a complimentary $5 coffee card – Create your login today!

18_September Mouthing Off Blog Post Thumbnail ImageOne of the most valuable benefits of ADA student membership is the ADA-sponsored Student Members Life and Disability Insurance – provided at NO COST to you! To take advantage of this benefit, create your login to access your ADA student member’s insurance account online. ADA student members who create a login for the first time will receive a complimentary $5 coffee card! Read more…

Business training now or later: It’s your choice

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If you’re asking yourself how you’ll manage a practice, stay on top of dental trends and be a respected leader with no formal training, you’re not alone. Like many dental students, by the time you graduate you’ve mastered the clinical aspects of dentistry but you’re pretty green when it comes to being a professional. So, what are you to do: wait until you’re a dentist and see what happens or do something about it now?

Know your DSO: it could make a difference in your career

thumbnailCrushing student loan debt. First-job jitters. Worries about clinical performance. Just some of the concerns that weigh on today’s dental school grads. And, the reason why so many are choosing a large group practice over private practice.

In the past, dental service organizations (DSOs) were viewed very differently than they are today. The word is getting out. DSOs are not only shaking up the world of dentistry, they can be the best way to realize your career goals.

Create your insurance login, get a $5 coffee card

ADA Members Insurance Plans_Blog Thumbnail ImageEligible ASDA and ADA student members automatically receive both ADA-sponsored Student Members Life and Disability Insurance.* Insurance is the cornerstone of a solid financial plan and having it in place will better prepare you for your future dental career. Read this post to see what your ADA student member insurance provides and to get a free $5 coffee card!