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Pursuing a Career in Dentistry

Is dentistry the right career choice for you?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you enjoy interacting with and helping people?
  • Are you good with your hands and have a good eye?
  • Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives and improve the human condition?
  • Do you have good social, communication and problem-solving skills?
  • Are interested in helping people maintain and improve their oral health and general health?
  • Would you like a career that offers challenges and variety as well as flexibility to balance a professional and personal life?
  • Would you enjoy being self-employed?
  • Do you enjoy interacting with different types of people including vulnerable populations (underprivileged people, elderly, children, indigenous people, newcomers, people with physical and intellectual disabilities, etc.)?
  • Do you have a keen memory and a strong interest and ability in science?

How can you prepare for a career in dentistry?

  • Get a broad exposure to science and math while in high school -- enroll in college
  • Develop interpersonal skills such as active listening, communicating, empathy, compassion
  • Take preparatory classes in biology, algebra, chemistry and social sciences
  • Continue taking natural science courses in college such as general biology, organic and inorganic chemistry and physics
  • Get involved in community services, develop a social program, etc.

For more information, read Pursuig a Career in Dentistry [.doc].