What does a Dentist do?
A dentist provides care for a patient’s teeth, gums and oral health. They diagnose and treat any problems in the mouth and give advise on preventative care, like, the proper way to clean teeth and gums, like, brushing, flossing or diet. They repair fractured teeth, fill cavities and remove tooth decay, among other oral care treatments.
How to become a Dentist
A dentist must earn a doctorate degree and be licensed to practice. An applicant must graduate with at least a bachelor’s degree before entering a dental doctoral program. Students must take an entrance exam called the Dental Admission Exam prior to acceptance. There are three types of doctoral degrees one can earn; Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), and Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD)
Job Description of a Dentist
A dentist gives oral care and treatment to a patient in a variety of areas, like, tooth decay, filling cavities and correcting bite issues by straightening teeth. They repair fractured teeth and place sealants or whitening enhancements on teeth.
The examine all X-rays of a person’s mouth and look for potential jaw problems, gum disease or cavities. If a patient requires more extensive treatment that would be painful, a dentist would administer anesthetics. He or she would make models and take measurements for treatments, like, fitting dentures.
A dentist uses different equipment and technologies in their job, such as, laser and digital scanners, X-ray machines, probes, drills and other tools. They educate their patients in preventative dental care, like, proper brushing, flossing, fluoride treatments and even diet choices. He or she oversees others, like, interns or dental technicians.
Some dentist prefer to specialize in other areas of dentistry, for instance, oral pathology, orthodontist, pediatric dentist or other specialized areas. Some dentist own their own business or work with a partner. Others work in more established settings as associate dentists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16 percent growth in 2012-2022 in this career field.