Dentistry is the profession in which the dentist helps with the prevention and treatment of mouth diseases and malfunctions. The dentist performs many duties within their profession. Some duties the dentist may do on a daily basis are: diagnose oral problems, fill cavities, write prescriptions, perform root canals, treat gum disease, examining radiographs, removing root decay, and providing instruction to the patients along with many other duties. Becoming a dentist allows for many different working opportunities.
A dentist has the opportunity to work in the military, in a hospital, in administration, or they can even work in a classroom and teach. Most commonly though dentist tend to work in an office which they may own fully or they may partner with another dentist. Working conditions in a dental office are sanitary but can be bloody, the office is well lit, and has good climate control, it is usually around 70 degrees. Dentists have to wear masks, gloves, and safety glasses. Overall, the working conditions of a dental office are very tolerable.
To become a dentist quite a bit of education and training is needed. First, you have to graduate from a four year college to get your undergraduate degree, a bachelor degree which tends to be a science major. Then, you have to go to dental school for four more years to get a doctorate degree. Although, to get into dental school you have to complete the following courses: biology, chemistry, physics, math, organic chemistry, human anatomy, biochemistry, human physiology, intro to psychology, English composition, and other non science courses with an average GPA of 3. 5 and with a science GPA of 3.
8. After someone passes their written and clinical exams to become a dentist they will have earned their credentials of a DMD or DAT. Every dentist has to obtain a license in order to practice dentistry in the state of Indiana. A dentist should be a well-rounded individual by having a variety of skills. They need to be communicable, detail oriented, leaders, organized, patient, empathetic, and responsible. The career outlook for a dentist is looking up in the future. The employment of a dentist is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2010-2020, which is above average for most careers.
It is thought that by generation to generation dental care will grow. People will be more likely to keep their teeth better than the past generations, therefore; dental care will be needed more and more in the years to come. As of now, dental job opportunities are so high that dentists and dental hygienists can have their first job picks. The salary outlook for dentists is expected to be high, anywhere from $141,000-$166,000. The American Dental Association, ADA, is a professional dental organization that was founded in 1859. ADA is the largest national dental society in the world.
ADA is known for their leading source in oral and dental information. ADA approves dental products to make sure that they are everything that they say they are. The American Dental Association is located at 211 East Chicago Avenue in Chicago, Illinois and can be reached at 312-440-2500 or at [email protected] org. It’s always good to look for the ADA approval seal on any dental product. I feel that I am well suited for a career in dentistry. No matter how many years of schooling it takes to become a dentist, I think that if I set my mind to it I will be able to succeed.
The scariest part for me I think will be the first four years of college, taking the prerequisite classes. This scares me because I’m afraid that I won’t be able to get a high enough GPA in college in order to get into dental school. Although, I am very excited to see where I go once I graduate from dental school. From this research paper I have learned even more about dentistry then I already knew which makes me want to pursue this profession even more than I already did. My overall goal is to eventually own my own practice and run a successful dental office.
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