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Is Dental School Really For Me?

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As pre-dental students, we came across a huge problem finding information about dental school. Granted, there were many sources available, but to our dismay we realized that there was not one single resource that explained the process of preparing for a dental school application thoroughly. Yes, there were resources written by Ph.D's that were not up-to-date or explained in a different view point than that of a traditional applicant.

Another problem we encountered was when we became interested in learning more about dentistry and went to school advisors for answers, most of them had no clue about the admissions process. They had ample knowledge about Medical admissions however it was evident that there was a huge disparity of differences.

The demand for dentists is huge. The opportunities are endless and slowly people are realizing the benefits of pursuing dentistry over medicine. In the future, we believe, that competition will be at an all time high. Competition for seats in dental admissions will soon meet, if not exceed medical school. Some schools are already beginning to see higher statistics for their entering dental school class than their medical school class. These trends will become increasingly apparent in the near future.

In the next 10 years about half of the currently 150,000 working dentists are projected to retire, leaving a huge gap that needs to be filled. Some states are already seeing a huge decline in dentists with some areas experiencing retirement of 10 dentists for every one new dentist entering the workforce.

For the past two years, we have been compiling, discussing, and researching all aspects of the pre-dental lifestyle and wanted to present to fellow pre-dental students, advanced standing students, and current dental students a complete guide for their reference. We believe we can fill a huge void with this publication and students can depend on it as their main resource.

We wish to thoroughly explain all aspects from an applicant's standpoint, since we just recently completed this process. We wish to utilize many resources including a section that uses work of various successful applicants "resumes" and application essays to give a good idea of any student that is interested in this field to have a good resource and an idea of how to start this demanding and rigorous process.

We have heard it all about how scary dentists are, how they love to torture people, and how high their suicide rates are. These rumors are just one thing: RUMORS. Dentistry is one of the hottest professions in the United States and this can be proven by comparing the lifestyles of dentists and other health professionals. According to the ADA the average general dentist's net income from primary private practice was $158,080.

The average specialist's net income was $240,580 . "Whoa!! Dentists probably work 100 hours a week," you might say. Well, according to the American Dental Association the average workweek of a dentist is 32 - 35 hours per week! That is almost half of a typical physician's workweek which is almost 60 hours a week. Over 90% of dental professionals own their own practice; hence have autonomy and less stress. So all in all, this profession doesn't look all that scary does it??

However, just like everything that is worth having in life one must be willing to sacrifice for it. Becoming a dentist is nothing different. You must have passion, belief, and plan of attack. You must be willing to give up long hours and be persistent. Dentistry, unlike other professions requires a lot out of the individual who wants to embark on this journey leading to dental school and beyond. A dentist needs to be organized, an entrepreneur, good with his/her hands, artistic, a leader, and a compassionate individual. All these qualities are a must in order to become a successful dentist.

Dentistry has changed a lot in the past few decades. The main goal of dentistry has become more of a preventative and cosmetic aspect. Whereas several decades ago, people would go to a dentist only when they experience discomfort or extreme pain, today the average person goes (or should) go to a dentist at least twice a year for a routine check up. Extracting a tooth is the last resort.

The goal is to save one's permanent dentition so it can last a lifetime. In third world countries it is not uncommon to see people having all their teeth extracted before the age of 50, however in the United States there is a new trend to save the permanent dentition. Elder citizens go through various lengths to avoid wearing dentures. Now technologies such as implants, veneers, root canal therapies, and orthodontics have revolutionized the saving power of dentists.

As the baby boomer generation begins to retire and expand, dentists will have a plethora of patients on their hands. With the population and oral health awareness growing exponentially and many dentists retiring there always will be more work than all the dentists can handle.

Another thing to consider is that the earning power is in the hands of the dentist. This depends on the amount and speed at which a dentist works, and how much effort they put into marketing and gaining more patients.

We wish you all complete success in your dental endeavors.

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