Inside Dentist Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"As A Dentist, I'm Happy To Have Learned These Skills Beforehand...
I was surprised to learn that my social skills really pay off as a dentist. I work with and meet many new people on an everyday basis and having good social skills really do pay off." (Dentist; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied Dental at USC in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2011

"Flexibility In Dentistry...
I always knew that dentistry was rather flexible as a career, but it truly is flexible in more than just scheduling as I'd originally thought. you can literally do everything you want to do, or refer out those cases you don't want to bother with." (Dentist; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Dentistry at University At Buffalo Dental in New York; completed Professional degree in 2012

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Dentist: "The best part of my job is talking to patients and improving their smiles and their comfort. I also enjoy working with my hands. The worst part is hurting patients and seeing them lose teeth. I really do not mind doing the business of the practice but often I have a lot to do and it is hard to keep up. I like to buy new equipment but since this often means increasing the cost of treatment I'm torn sometimes." (2010)

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Career Tips

"Remember Study And Keep Your Notes Handy...
Really pay attention in your classes and take lots of notes. You will need them even after college." (Dentist; 2013)

"Be Open Minded...
Make sure you get a wide range of experience leading up to graduation from dental school; go in with an open mind, get as much hands on as you can, so you can expand your practice." (Dentist; 2013)

"You Need To Be There...
You must like to work, and to work with people. This is not a job you can do from your boat or car. You have to be in the office when you treat patients. Patients tell you what they want and somehow you must make them feel they are getting what they want or need." (Dentist; 2010)