Dentistry isn’t just a profession; it’s a way of life. Helping others is the best way to live, and that’s exactly what you do. “Blessed are those who hold lively conversations with the hopelessly mute, for they shall be called dentists” (Ann Landers). We all dread our next go around at the dentist. Getting our teeth cleaned, drilled, pulled, and any other horrible exploit being done to our poor teeth. What our dentist is doing (besides invading our mouths), is protecting us from any diseases that could potentially form in our mouths. A dentist is “one who is skilled, licensed and practice the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the mouth.”
There are many factors into becoming a dentist. To become a dentist, one must attend dental school. The dental school must be accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). In order to be accepted into any of the 56 (2006) dental schools in the United States, you must complete two years of predental education. Most people get a bachelor’s degree. In order to be accepted into dental school, you must first take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). In the first year of dental school students normally take science classes like microbiology, pathology, or anatomy. In the next years the advance to more dental-based classes; which includes going to laboratories and getting hands-on experience. Most dental students graduate from a dental D.M.D or a D.D.S in four years. A work day for a dentist varies every day. The field is often challenging due to the difference in people’s mouths. You constantly have to build more knowledge due to the fact that each patient is different. Dentist’s generally look over the patients records in the morning before their appointment. From there; they will practice what is necessary on the mouth of their patient. Whether it being drilling teeth, extracting teeth, removing decay and filling...
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