Prehealth

DaVinci's Man

Dentistry

DESCRIPTION

Dentists diagnose and treat diseases of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth. They are also trained to recognize a number of systemic diseases that manifest symptoms within the oral cavity to be referred to the appropriate physician. Eight specialties include orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, and dental public health.
A Day in the Life of a Dental Student
ADEA GoDental
ADEA Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)
American Association for Dental Research (AADR); AADR Annual Meeting, March 22-25, 2017
American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)
American College of Dentists (ACD)
American Dental Association (ADA); ADA Annual Meeting, October 20-24, 2016
American Student Dental Association (ASDA); Annual Meeting, February 22-25, 2017
Application Prep
Apply to Dental School: You Can Do It
ASDA News Monthly Newsletter
ASDA Predental Week, October 2-8, 2016; Webinars: So You Think You Know Dentistry; The Do's and Don'ts of the Dental School Interview; The Path to Becoming a U.S.-Trained Dentist
ASDA Summer Clinical Simulation Course at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
ASDA Webinar Schedule
Becoming a Competitive Dental Re-applicant
Canadian Dental Association
Career Resources
Careers in Periodontics
Choosing a Dental School
Colgate-Palmolive Co. Dental Scholarships and Awards
Community Service
Creighton University Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program
DAT Newsletter (click on DAT Newsletters and Resources)
DAT Scores by Dental School
Deciding Where to Apply
Dental Blogs
Dental Forums on Student Doctor Network (SDN)
Dental School Interview Feedback on Student Doctor Network (SDN) (select "Interview Feedback" in individual entry)
Dental School Interview Questions
Dental Tribune
Dentist Career Guide
Dentist Career Overview
Dental Career Paths
Dentist Career Profile
Dentist Career Profile Two
Dentist Career Profile Three
Dentist Interview
Dentist Job Profile
Dentist Occupational Outlook
Dentistry 101
Dentistry Overview
Discussions with Dentists
Diversity and Inclusion Resources
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program (for residents of North Carolina)
Financing Options
Financing Your Dental School Education
Five Tips for the Best Dental Shadowing Experience
Hispanic Dental Association
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program
How to Prepare for Your Dental School Interview
Interview Tips
Letters of Evaluation
Life After Dental School
Life of a Dentist
Links to 100 Dental Scholarships
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Summer Programs
Massachusetts Dental Society; Yankee Dental Congress, January 25-29, 2017
Mouth Magazine of Current Topics in Dentistry
National Dental Association (NDA)
National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF) Scholarships
National Museum of Dentistry
Non-traditional Student Resources
Ohio State U. College of Dentistry DENTPATH Program
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Applicant Information Sessions (last Friday of each month)
Paying for Dental School
Postbaccalaureate Programs
Predental Shadowing Guide
Predental Timeline
Preparing for the DAT
Research Experience
Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dental Scholars Program
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Gateway to Dentistry Program
San Francisco State University - University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry Dental Post-Bac Program
Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships
Shadowing
Shadowing in a Dental Office
Should I Take a Gap Year?
Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program
Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA); SCDA Student Awards
Student National Dental Association (SNDA); Scholarships (scroll down to "Scholarships")
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program (SPEP) for College Students
Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
The Importance of Manual Dexterity
Tips for International Dental Students
Tips for the AADSAS Application
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP)
UCLA School of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
UCLA School of Dentistry Pre-Dental Volunteer Opportunities
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Tours (first and third Fridays monthly)
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Medical/Dental Preparatory Program
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Passport to Dentistry Program
University of Florida College of Dentistry Summer Learning Program (for Florida residents)
University of Louisville School of Medicine MCAT/DAT Training Conference for Undergraduates
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Development Program
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Predental Clinical Simulation Course
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Introduction to Dentistry Summer Course
Volunteering for Dental Nonprofits (Oral Health America Programs; Smiles on Wings Dental Missions; Students United with America's ToothFairy Program)
Worcester District Dental Society
(Additional dentistry links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)

DEGREE

D.D.S., D.M.D.

PROGRAM LENGTH

4-7 years, depending on specialization.

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS' ORGANIZATION

ADEA (American Dental Education Association)
Dental Schools
U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools

APPLICATION SERVICE

ADEA AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service)
FAP (Fee Assistance Program)

ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum three years undergraduate; B.A. or B.S. preferred; one year each: General & Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English, Calculus & Upper-level Biology recommended.
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. dental school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.

ADMISSION EXAM

DAT (Dental Admission Test)

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCES

Evidence of inquiring independent thought, interest in continued education, motivation toward dental career, good interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and interest in the community; appropriate psychomotor skills, concern for people, social awareness; evidence of understanding of the profession through experiences in clinical settings; psychomotor skills to perform technical tasks in dentistry, service and desire to help others.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.