Dental CPA: Your Trusted Insurance Partner For Getting Started As A Dentist

New Dentist

The moment you’ve been studying hard for has arrived, yet you’re unsure on how to get the best footing in the dental industry. You’ve successfully completed your dental education and are embarking on your career as a fully-fledged dentist associate, working alongside an established dentist. Each day brings you excitement as you engage in the work you’ve been diligently trained for, all while receiving a reliable income.

However, this journey may not be without its challenges. Let’s consider the story of a dentist who, upon graduating from dental school, faced the task of finding the right associate position. Out of 18 interviews and job offers, they turned down 17 opportunities. Unfortunately, they soon discovered that they had made a significant mistake by accepting a position with a dishonest practice owner who provided no guidance on running a dental practice. Their only source of knowledge came from the dental assistant and office manager.

After three months, this dentist had to quit and move on. But their experience inspired them to share valuable tips for new dental graduates entering their first job. They firmly believe that the initial position you choose as a dentist is pivotal, shaping the kind of dentist you’ll be throughout your career. To assist you on this journey, consider exploring The Strategic Dentist Dental – B School, a comprehensive resource offering videos and courses tailored to guide you through your first few months as a new dentist.

Choosing the Right Job

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the field of dentistry is expected to grow by 8 percent between 2020 and 2030, which means there are opportunities for you to choose a position that aligns with your long-term goals. Take into account factors such as location, as you have the flexibility to work in a rural dental practice, a bustling city, or anywhere in between. Additionally, consider the benefits package offered, ensuring that it provides a balance between fair compensation, the ability to manage financial responsibilities like student loans, and the security of a comprehensive healthcare plan.

Embrace a Learning Mindset

As you embark on your dental practice career, it’s essential to maintain a willingness to learn. Seek knowledge from experienced dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants who have encountered a wide range of situations. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, as this is an integral part of the learning process. You can be confident in what you already know while actively seeking clarification on topics that are new to you.

Remain open to all possibilities, as you may discover your area of specialization. If you’re working in a general practice, strive to identify the specific branch of dentistry that resonates with you. This knowledge will prove valuable when you eventually consider opening your own practice, acquiring an existing one, or becoming a partner in the practice where you currently work.

Find a Reliable Mentor

Ideally, your mentor should be the practice owner where you begin your first job. When seeking employment, in addition to considering salary and benefits, pay attention to whether the owner or any partners possess the qualities you’re seeking in a mentor. Request brief morning and afternoon meetings with your mentor. In the morning, discuss upcoming cases and seek guidance if needed. Approach each day with a fresh perspective, regardless of any challenges from the previous day.

In the afternoon, reflect on any challenges you encountered and discuss how you handled them, seeking advice on how to improve if similar situations arise again. During the initial months as a new dentist, it’s natural to make mistakes. Instead of dwelling on them, focus on understanding what went wrong and how to approach similar scenarios more effectively in the future.

Engage with Your Local Professional Organization

Attend local dental society meetings and actively engage with fellow dentists. Cultivate a network of friends and colleagues who can offer support and guidance as you navigate your career path. Take the opportunity to learn from their experiences when they were new to dental practice, discovering valuable insights and lessons learned. Alumni functions also provide an excellent platform to connect with peers, sharing experiences over coffee or through virtual meetings.

Tap into Available Resources

Make the most of the resources provided by the American Dental Association (ADA) to support new dentists. The ADA Accelerator Series offers webinars and other educational materials focused on financial management, leadership skills, and achieving a healthy work-life balance. Another invaluable resource, particularly if you’re located in California, is our close partner, the CDA (California Dental Association), which offers career opportunities, community events, and a wealth of resources.

Be Ready to Move On

While a job may initially seem perfect based on your interview experience, the actual reality may differ. If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable or unsatisfied, don’t hesitate to recognize when it’s time to move on. Your happiness and professional fulfillment are paramount. Remember, dental practices have unique personalities, and if you’re not content in one, it’s more likely a misalignment with the practice rather than a personal failure. Don’t be afraid to cut your losses and seek opportunities where you can truly thrive.

Prioritize Self-Care

Transitioning from dental school to becoming a practicing dentist, even though positive, can be a stressful process. It’s akin to the feeling of walking without a cast after having a broken leg—initially a bit shaky. Your new life as a dentist will present daily challenges that can induce stress. Therefore, it’s crucial to carve out time for self-care. Before you can provide excellent care to your patients, you must prioritize your well-being.

Devote time each day, week, and month to engage in activities that inspire you and provide respite from dentistry. Whether it’s reading, hitting the gym, swimming, or enjoying a soothing massage, find activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Maintain a journal, savor meals with friends, and nurture your relationships with loved ones. Striving for a healthy work-life balance is not only essential for enjoying your dental practice but also for preventing burnout.

Dental CPA: Your Trusted Partner

Embarking on your new dental job is undoubtedly challenging, and just when you start feeling comfortable, new obstacles may arise. At Dental CPA, we specialize in providing insurance solutions and support exclusively tailored for dental practices. Whether you’re just starting your career or preparing for retirement, our team of experts is dedicated to assisting you. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with attorney Ali Oromchian and discover how we can support you in this exciting chapter of your life.

At Dental CPA, we understand the complexities dentists face when navigating legal matters. Our commitment is to ensure that every dentist receives exceptional advice and service, allowing them to focus on their patients and achieve both personal and professional fulfillment. Talk to Fazel Mostashari, an esteemed industry expert who specializes in providing tailored guidance and support to dentists like you. With a deep understanding of the unique financial challenges faced by dental professionals, Fazel has built a reputation as a trusted resource for dental CPAs. His expertise in dental practice management, tax strategies, and financial optimization positions him as the ideal contact for dentists seeking expert advice and solutions. By working with Fazel, you can gain access to invaluable insights and ensure the financial success and growth of your practice. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Dental CPA today and tap into his wealth of knowledge in the realm of dental finances.

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About Our Experts

Fazel Mostashari is a dental practice expert whose specialty is financial accounting, tax planning, and practice purchase and set up for the dental industry. For over 10 years, Fazel has been the driving force behind the success of many dental practices.

As a proud husband to a dentist, he understands the unique challenges of running a dental practice. Together, they run a thriving, multi-specialty practice in the sunny city of Woodland Hills, CA.

If you’re looking for expert advice, set up a consultation with Fazel.
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