Learn from a panel of experts about what you should be doing right now to prepare for a career in dentistry.
Need for diversity If you are someone who is part of an underrepresented minority group and you have an interest in dentistry, you can help contribute to a future where all patients receive the same quality of care and understanding.
The work of a dentist extends beyond the dental chair.
Patient education is as important as the actual dental procedures as dentists teach good oral habits to promote good health.
Although the dentist is often portrayed as the “lone practitioner,” in actuality, dentistry is a team-oriented profession.
Whether it is the dental team (dental hygienist, assistant and lab technician) working together with the patient to ensure the restoration and maintenance of oral health, or the dentist’s role on an interprofessional team, working with other health professionals to improve overall health, the dentist receives much satisfaction as a primary team player.
Practicing dentist-to-population ratios vary widely, but range from roughly 42 to 108 dentists per 100,000 people, according to the American Dental Association.
People choose to become dentists because they can...
As I matured, my scientific knowledge melded with my altruistic spirit and as I began to contemplate career choices, I realized the health field would provide me with a great sense of personal fulfillment while simultaneously enabling me to benefit our society.
After spending a couple of months volunteering in the medical/dental center at Mission Arlington, the pieces of the puzzle fell together.