Knowing what it takes to become a Dentist

dr_roelefse_et_al_in_perio_clinicBlog Highlights:

  • You need to be exposed to different science and math lessons while in high school
  • You should get preparatory classes as well as natural science courses while in college
  • College students should take the Dental Admission test before applying to a dental school
  • The last two years of schooling will involve giving actual treatments to patients while you are under the supervision of licensed faculty members

Do you want to become a dentist? Here what high school students who want a career in dentistry need to follow according to the American Dental Association:

  • Get as much exposure to science and math while you are in high school.
  • Get preparatory classes in chemistry, algebra, and biology as soon as you get to college
  • Get natural science courses such as organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, and general biology
  • Do job-shadows or volunteer at your pediatric dentist, orthodontist, or family dentist’s office.
  • Finish a college undergraduate degree in preparation for dental school

College students should also take the DAT or Dental Admission Test before applying for dental school. Aside from the DAT, some dental schools will also ask their incoming students for other requirements.

As soon as you get admitted, dental students will have to spend four years earning their degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, or a Doctor of Dental medicine. The first two years focus on classroom and laboratory instruction in basic health sciences so that the student will be able to understand the principles behind oral diagnosis and treatment. In the last two years of study, the students will have to treat actual patients under the supervision of licensed dental professionals in a variety of settings like hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community clinics.