Careers in Dentistry

A dental education opens up a world of professional opportunities. In addition to private practice, today’s dental school graduates can choose to work in hospital emergency rooms, conduct advanced laboratory research, teach future dentists or even travel the world with international health and relief organizations.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in health care with a competitive salary and a sustainable work-life balance, dentistry may be for you.

Dentistry Requirements

  • Draw a lower molar. Label its parts and surfaces. Show surrounding structures such as bone and gum tissues.
  • Show on your drawing where the nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth.
  • Show on your drawing where bacterial plaque is most likely to be found.

2). Do the following:

  • Tell or write about what causes dental decay and gum disease. Tell how each of the following contributes to dental decay and gum disease: bacterial plaque, sugars, and acid.
  • Tell the possible causes for traumatic tooth loss, describe the types of mouth guards used to help prevent tooth trauma, and list the athletic activities during which a person should wear a mouth guard.
  • Explain the first-aid procedure for saving a tooth that has been knocked out.
  • Discuss how the use of tobacco products can negatively affect your oral health.
  • Arrange a visit with a dentist. Before you go, ask whether your visit can include a dental examination and a plaque-control demonstration. Afterward, ask questions about things you want to know. Then tell your counselor what the dentist does during a checkup examination.

3). Do TWO of the following:

  • Name at least five instruments and five pieces of equipment a dentist uses.
  • With the help of a dentist, prepare a dental stone cast using a vibrator, a mixing bowl, a water measure, a plastic measure, model stone, and a spatula.
  • How fluorides help prevent tooth decay and the ways fluorides can be provided to the teeth.
  • How the mouth is related to the rest of the body. Topics might include chewing, saliva, enzymes, nutrition, and speech.

4). Do TWO of the following:

  • Make a model tooth out of soap, clay, papier mâché́, or wax.
  • Make a poster on the prevention of dental disease. Show the importance of good oral health.
  • Collect at least five advertisements for different toothpastes. List the claims that each one makes. Tell about the accuracy of the advertisements.
  • Write a feature story for your school newspaper on the proper care of teeth and gums. Include in your story how the use of tobacco products can negatively affect a person’s oral health.
  • Make drawings and write about the progress of dental decay. Describe the types of dental filling and treatments a dentist can use to repair dental decay problems.

5). Do the Following:

  • Learn about career opportunities for both Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) and auxiliary dental professions. Choose either general dentistry OR a dental specialty, plus one auxiliary dental profession.  Find out about the education, training, and experience required for these two professions and conduct an interview with your dentist. Then, share a 5-10min presentation explaining why these professions interest you.