Dental Apps for Each Year of Dental School

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

bigstock--190028161The field of dentistry is experiencing myriad changes, constantly evolving to best suit the needs of patients and dentists. As Steve Parker, editor-in-chief of The Profitable Dentist magazine, stated in a THE NEXTDDS interview, “Dentistry is in the best place it’s ever been.” The emergence of advanced technology aids dental students in their studies as never before. They may access information with greater ease than classes that graduated earlier. It was only a matter of time before mobile applications found their way into dentistry and they are here now. These 4 mobile apps in particular cater to specific years of dental school today.


BoneBox Dental Pro – 1st Year

BoneBox™ Dental Pro is a patient communication tool and real-time 3D medical education app featuring detailed anatomical models of human dental anatomy. Developed by a team of animators, anatomists, certified medical illustrators, and programmers using actual human CT imaging data, BoneBox™ Dental Pro portrays the most accurate 3D modeling technology available. You may view every tooth in the mouth three-dimensionally and rotate each tooth to see it from every viewpoint. While studying your dental anatomy class notes, this is a great way to interact with details of each tooth.


NBDE Prep Apps – 2nd Year

One of the most important applications for dental students are NBDE Preparation Apps. The American Red Cross’ First Aid and Dental Boards Mastery are perfect on-the-go study apps for dental students. The NBDE Part II Exam Prep app is designed to help better prepare for your National Board Dental Examination exam, providing more than 3,000 multiple-choice questions. Dental students are no longer required to lug around heavy textbooks while going from class to class.


Dental Drugs – 3rd Year

Dental Drugs & Anesthesia is a must-have application for rising dental professionals, as well as for established practicing dentists. It provides several helpful clinical tips as well as a quick refresher on the dosages of analgesics, antifungals, antibiotics, and more as you start to use them in clinic. The student can may also calculate the maximum dosage for each type of local anesthetic based on weight. The application features a very simple design for quick reference and anesthetics calculation. It also provides access to the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs with their relevant dose, dispensary, instructions, and precautions, email medication info,  instructions for patients, local dental anesthetics calculator, and much more.

Dental Economics – 4th Year

During the last year of dental school, the student will want to learn more of the business side of dentistry. Fourth-year students will be collecting business cards and attending networking events to meet dental professionals. The Dental Economics publication helps dentists improve their practices through sound business advice and the latest information on new dental products, including the latest advances in dental technology. The Dental Economics app offers current and past issues of the publication, articles designed for mobile readability, photo slideshows, and informative videos.


Smart phones are at the fingertips of most students today, so it was logical that certain companies would incorporate a way for dental students to learn virtually. As dentistry continues to evolve with new technology, creating a way to learn through mobile application is one aspect dental students truly appreciate.

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Dental School? Yeah, There's an App for That!

Posted by John Papa on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @ 10:06 AM

For as valuable as texting, tweeting and social networking are culturally, these functions represent only a fraction of mobile technology functionality. iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and other smart devices offer unprecedented value as educational and professional development tools that enhance traditional classroom instruction, complement clinical training, and expand research beyond the library walls. Online and remote activities in programs such as The NEXT DDS, platforms like Blackboard, and downloadable apps are all aspects of digital age remote learning.

There are currently more than 700 apps available for general medical education, such as Medscape, which offers physician and pharmacy directories specialty-specific medical news, or Taber’s Medical Dictionary, which contains 60,000 definitions, 1,000 images, and more than 30,000 audio pronunciations.

There are also apps designed specifically for dental students, from first year basics to final year hands-on clinic work.

While the iPhone may be the best known smartphone, there is an array of smartphones on the market that offer advanced functionality that can make it easy to use educational apps, online resources, and other remote learning tools. Android phones are becoming increasingly popular. The HTC EVO, billed as the first 4G phone inAmerica, offers the fastest speeds available for downloading material and overall functionality. The EVO and the Motorola Droid X turn into roaming hotspots for other devices, such as a student’s laptop. The Droid X also offers up to 40GB of storage.

The new Windows Phone 7 smartphones, which include the HTC HD 7, Samsung Focus, and the LG Quantum are individualized communication devices that accommodate a student’s particular educational needs.

User-friendly slate devices such as the iPad, HP Slate, and ExoPC Windows 7 are becoming increasing popular among students. These devices are perfect for reading, browsing the web and organizing materials.

With smart phones becoming ubiquitous, college programs are incorporating more remote education tools into their curricula. For dental students, resources such as THE NEXT DDS offer access to articles, procedures, reports, study aids, and information on traditional, new and/or experimental clinical procedures. And, of course, smart devices also allow students to communicate with each other and with their instructors.

While academic class and clinical instruction will always be an aspect of dental school, utilizing digital technology to expand student learning opportunities will produced the most knowledgeable and highest-quality dentists possible.

*Adapted with permission from Kathleen Tracy, Writer. Los Angeles, CA

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