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Below are some frequently asked questions that have been answered by SDN Dental experts.

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How can i easily crack my NBDE part 1 exams easily? I'm very tensed about it?Can anyone help me?


Dental decks and the NBDE Mastery app, followed up by ADA released practice exams, is a fairly tried and true method.

The greatest percentage of tooth loss in the first two decades of life (except natural loss of deciduous teeth) is due to

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dental school test files?

Hello, I'm a pre-dental student, and I'm shadowing dentists right now. One of my dentists was telling me about how he used "test files" to get through all the tests of dental school, and that his university didn't condone them, but they also didn't do anything to prevent test files. I was wondering, are test files a common thing in dental school, where first and second year students purchase old tests from upperclassmen and use them to study? Thanks!


This should be a question you ask other dental students. I think that the presence of such tests would be subject to the professor's consent depending on where you go.

Questions to ask prospective dental partners/boss as a new interviewing dentist?

Hello! I am a 4th year dental student coming close to graduation and have been wondering what kind of questions I should ask a potential employer. Some basic questions I've already written down are questions regarding the types of patients being seen, what an average day looks like, how many other doctors will be in the office in question... but what is the best way/when is the best time to go about asking about thinks like salary or production of the office? (so I can have an understanding of how the office is doing financially before committing to it)

Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated! Thank you!


Not many dentist experts here, but my father-in-law is a partner in a small practice and has had to interview partners in the past. Let me ask him and return to this question, chiming in with my own feedback as it relates to medicine.


How and when are patients scheduled? How many patients a day am I expected to see? Will there be someone reviewing my treatment plans or do I have clinical autonomy to treat? How will my reimbursement be structured? (ie, % of production or collections, daily minimum) Have you had associates in the past? How long did they stay? What was their typical production per day? Is there a non-compete agreement? How will patients be assigned to my schedule? Am I expected to recruit my own patients or will they be provided? What procedures do you do? What procedures will I be expected to do? Will I have choice of my own lab? Do I pay lab fees?

Hi, I'm very weak in Dental anatomy..can anyone suggest me some good material to deal with?


Here are some extremely helpful facts to memorize for your boards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV-9PXVKsA0&list=PLKAoqd6d71kOtycePbVoboAwi95r6fARK

Dental school admission

Hi ,

So I did kinda bad in my first and second year ( mostly B's and C+'s with one D and one A) but perfect in my 3rd and fourth year ( all A's and A+'s) I haven't done my DAT yet but I'll try my best to get 22+ (scheduled for this Feb) and I have done dentistry volunteering as well. So would preforming poorly in my 1st and 2nd year lower my chances of getting into dental school or not really. I'm really worried and afraid that I don't get accepted into any dental school :/ I was thinking to stay extra year in my program and repeat all the courses with C+ in my first and second year and the one with D, am really confused and don't know what to do ANY HELP/ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATED :)

P.s: Please comment down the universities that you suggest me to apply for....


First, without a doubt, repeat the relevant courses where you got a D. You probably should repeat those courses where you got a C-plus, but getting an A should be the goal. Seek your predental advisors on your campus and get support from professors who have a better understanding of your challenging situation and write you supportive letters when it comes time to apply. Network with some schools where you think you have a great interest in and a strong chance to be considered. There are no guarantees in the admissions process, so get networking.

Medical and Dental School Stipend Program

A United States Army recruiter came to my school talking abiut the stipend program for us students. Students participating in the MDSSP program receive a current stipend of $2,200 per month. After graduation we will be recomissioned as Captains in the Army Reserve Dental Corps. Here is the catch. Military obligation is served in the Army Reserve after completion of dental school. "Participation incurs a one year obligation in the army reserve for every 6 months that the stipemd is received. Once in yiur reserve unit, you are eligible for an annual bonus of $25,000 and a student loan repayment of $250,000.

So if i take the stipend $2,200 every month for four years I am obligated to work one weekend a month for 8 years under the reserve and will be repayed $250,000 in loans.

Has anyone ever done this and can confirm that i will be eligible for the $250,000 loan repayment because some student told me becareful they can trick you if your job title is not on a certain list, you don't get and loan repayment. The recruiter will say yes I do get the money just so they can get me under contract even if i dont get the money. Can anyone confirm that I will get repayed.


I'm sure that the recruiters you talked to have contacts with people currently in the program and those who completed it. Ask them for help on your question.

Dental School SIM Clinic- is my school less organized than others?

I am currently a student at a 4 year accredited dental school in the US. Our ratio of professors to students in SIM clinic is 13.6 to 1. Wait times to have a professor look at your work and get a grade are around 30 min. It makes it hard to get all the required tasks done on time, let alone get help and tips on procedures to improve skills. Is this normal? Do all dental school sin the US have raitos and wait times like this?


It's hard to say because that depends a bit on what you are learning in SIM clinic and what the expertise is of the preceptors. I would ask this question in the Dental forums where there may be students who can give you better advice.

Urgently help needed for applying to dental schools

Hello everyone! I graduated from college in spring 2017 and since I’m off from school. My gpa is combined 3.7 and I majored in business administration for health professions. Previously I was shadowing for medical school but I changed gear to dental school. I started studying for it but due to some family issue I didn’t get to study for the dat completely. I only did pa qr and bio. I started my application but still need to get letters of recommendation, essay, personal statement, and shadowing hours at dentist office plus take the dat. I personally think it would take me 2 months from today to get everything together. Do you think it’s a good decision to apply now and take dat in end of August? Also when is the rolling admission for most dental schools? If I take the dat in the winter for example would I get in school by spring or is there a year gap from taking dat to getting admission? My main issue is that I don’t want to waste another year at home. I really don’t know how it works if I take the dat in the winter or spring then when can I get in school. When would my entire application be sent out? Is it only sent out in june or are they semester based where I can apply for schools in winter or spring rather than waiting till June and then waiting to hear back from schools. I m really devastated at this point n I know that I should have focused and done everything in a timely manner but I had to go back home and circumstances hindered me from studying and I’m back here. TIA


It's always best to check with your prehealth advising office at your undergraduate institution on what you are missing from your application. If you do well on your DAT, then you probably have a solid chance on admission, depending on where you apply and have advantages in the applicant pool (specifically if you qualify as an in-state applicant). Rolling admissions though favors the very prepared, so you might get a late fall or spring interview to be considered for the imminent incoming class (2019), so you would have to make your own decision on whether you are able to submit a strong application in a rush (which isn't easy to do), or wait it out to be a very prepared applicant for the following cycle (2020). Talk with your prehealth advisors and the ADEA GoDental resource to get a better idea of the application process and timeline.

hi i'm a dentist from inida ,want to know if aegd courses help me get license in the us? i'm in north Carolina

are aegd courses legaaly recoginized or dds the only way ?


This is a question specifically regarding licensure in North Carolina, so it varies from state to state. You should ask program directors in AEGD for their advice on this topic.

Dentist from Pakistan, want to practice in USA. Need guidance, please.

I am a dentist from Pakistan who wants to practice in USA. I have used google to look for ways to do just that but I am confused by different vague answers. I would really appreciate if somebody can guide me, step by step, on how achieve my goal of practicing in USA. Thank you for your time


The best thing to do is connect with dental schools in your area and ask about training for internationally trained dentists. Your best bet is networking with peers at local dental societies to see if there is someone in a similar situation to you who found a way to make it through such programs and somehow find you opportunities to keep your skills going.

Can i write that I've been using finger strengthening exercises for 10 years in the manual dexterity section?

As part of training exercises for deadlifting and other power lifts, I have been working on finger strengthening workouts for years and developed great finger strength and manual dexterity. Is this something I should put down in the manual dexterity section of the application?


That's rather unusual, so I hope you have something conventional to balance against it. Most dental school faculty are more concerned (as I observe it) with flexibility of fine motor movement over just strength alone.

Need guidance as i am totally lost

I have just moved to Los Angeles, California and i am dental graduate from INDIA. I have not got my GPA calculated and i fear, it will be on low side as there is a drop of a year in my course due to medical reasons. I am researching to how to go in clinical field. and, the more i read about NBDE and all, the more confused i get. I am also very confused that shall i put time and effort in DDS (which from my understanding in a long process) or shall i go for dental hygienist course or something. i am here on H4 visa, so i also wonder if one can study on that Visa or do i need to work on that too.

i am really lost and desperate for any valuable guidance. any help would be much appreciated.


ADEA GoDental has some resources to help you figure out what to do. Read more about your situation as a foreign-trained dentist at http://www.adea.org/GoDental/Non-traditional_Applicants/International_students.aspx .

Help Applying/Chance Me Please!

I am a current dental student applying to Pediatric Dentistry Residency programs. My GPA is 91.35 and my updated rank has not yet been revealed, however this past semester it was 32/128, pending updated ranks. I have been extremely active in leadership, community service, research, etc. I have also received a lot of awards and scholarships for research, which is also in pediatrics. Letters of rec from director of the peds department at my school, peds faculty, pediatric dentist I shadow, and research mentor, and faculty I worked closely with. I have done three formal externships and two "observerships" in pediatric dentistry. I am planning to apply to 15 peds programs and I would love any input. Thank you!!


I hope that your peds program director writing your recommendation letter and any of the residents in peds should be able to give you a more informed opinion, but I think you should be encouraged if you are getting a strong letter from the director who is writing to his/her peers.

ADEA pass application process

Hello guys, I am a international dentist and I am filling the ADEA PASS application. What is the difference between comprehensive GPA and best result GPA? In my ECE report only appears grade average, so what type of GPA is it? What should I enter in my ADEA PASS application?


Your answers are probably best answered by the ADEA PASS instructions : http://pass.adea.org/Secondary.aspx?id=11363 . Have you contacted them by email or phone to answer your questions?

How long after dds application idp (at unlv, ucla, herman ostrow) do we get notified about interview call?

how many days/months after initial dds application do dental schools normally notify abt an interview? I am an international dentist and planning to apply to UNLV, UCLA and Herman ostrow school of dentistry, but i just want a general idea of when I could supposedly be called for an interview because I won't be in the United States 2 months after the application due to my wedding being held in my native country. Just wanted to know so i could plan accordingly.


Congratulations. I suggest contacting each program and explain your inavailability due to your wedding. Each program does its process a little differently from others.

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