Career Overview


What They Do:

Dentists are doctors that specialize in oral health. Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. Dentists repair fractured teeth, fill cavities, remove tooth decay, straighten teeth, place sealants, whiten teeth, provide education on proper oral hygiene, and may fit dental appliances. 

Also Known As:

Dental Surgery Doctor (DDS), Dentist, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Family Dentist, General Dentist, Pediatric Dentist

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate or graduate degree in a pre-dental or health sciences related major (3-4 years)
  • Dental School (3-4 years)

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