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What type of programs are there to help you to become a Dentist?

Updated New Orleans, Louisiana

I am interested in working in this field, and I want to know how many years will I need to put in to get to my goal. Also, I am looking for programs to help me reach my goals..#dentistry #dental-hygienist #medicine

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Debra’s Answer

Updated Gig Harbor, Washington

Good evening, I think this is the first Dental question I have seen.. I am a dentist 25 years long......my opinion best career ever. I am not sure where you are on your journey... but here are some programs that will help you in this ever changing challenging rewarding career path.

  1. oragami.. buy a book and practice it helps develop the 3D side of you brain. Will help a ton with DAT.
  2. accounting .. we are businesses and need to learn and act as such. This is a must.
  3. HR classes as an employer you need to understand your responsibilities to employees.
  4. cad/cam computer design, yep we are the architects of the oral cavity .
  5. computer basic ,,,, yes they always breakdown and your staff has no idea why.
  6. This is a great multi faceted career, it’s never boring..ever and always challenging your creative problem solving skills.

Christine’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

Hey Averion,

Becoming a dentist is a long but rewarding road. The first step is completing a four-year degree in some kind of pre-dentistry major (biology, chemistry, etc.). Some school offer a Bachelors Degree in pre-Dentistry specifically, so keep an eye out for that option at various schools.

After that, you'll need to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). It typically takes 3-4 months of studying to prepare, but a lot of what you'll need, you'll learn throughout your undergraduate studies.

Once you pass you DAT, you can start applying to Dental Schools which take 4 years to complete a DDS. Depending on the school, your time will be split between lecture time and clinical practice. Some schools provide you with an opportunity to do a 'residency' which is typically a year and gives you the ability to specialize.

My best friend and former roommate is in dental school right now so let me know if you have any other questions!


Sheila’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Hello Averion:

Here's the link to the ADA (American Dental Association) website to help you get started:


About ADA: https://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada

Good Luck to You!