How quickly can you find $241,097?

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That’s the amount of student loan debt the average dental student graduates with.

As I point out to students, should you become disabled and can’t complete dental school, it’s likely you’ll still have to repay your student loans. And that can be tough—especially if you already have a family or other financial obligations.

That’s why it’s smart to have disability insurance now, since it can help serve as debt protection. Life insurance is equally as important: to help ensure your family is taken care of, to serve as practice loan collateral and to protect your future insurability.

As a benefit of your ADA student membership, you have access to ADA-sponsored Student Members Term Life and Disability Insurance at no-cost!

Three tips to help dental students save money

GEICO logoLet’s face it; getting an undergraduate degree can be expensive. Throw in dental school and there’s a good chance you paid a pretty penny for your education. Chances are when you receive your dental degree, there’s some debt attached to it. Here a few ways to keep your expenses under control as you pursue your dental career and during its early stages.

Change is brewing in the dental job market

ASDA-Article-KSJ-Blog-Badge-305x206The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of dentist jobs will grow by an impressive 21% between 2010 and 2020. This above-average jobs growth rate is due in part to a rising demand for dental services. Not only are people keeping their teeth for longer, but they’re also becoming more educated on the connection between oral health and overall health. Coupled with this growing demand will be a lower supply as an unprecedented number of dentists reach retirement age. With these and other factors in mind, the American Dental Association anticipates a sharp drop in the ratio of dentists to Americans between 2010 and 2030…

Winning in dental school

asda logoExams, practicals, pop quizzes, no sleep, no patients…Need I go on? If you’re anything like me when I was a student, that question resonates…big time!

Here’s the skinny…and sadly, it’s only seen in the rear view mirror. In private practice…in life, challenges change; butterflies in your stomach stay the same. So how do you win in dental school?

Reinvent the wheel…or copy genius?

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: