Dentistry is the branch of the healing arts and sciences devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. A dentist is a scientist dedicated to the highest standards of health through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and conditions. The vast majority of dentists are in general practice (85%).
The American Dental Association currently recognizes nine dental specialties:
- Dental Public Health
- Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
- Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Pediatric Dentistry
There are additional careers in the dental profession such as dental hygienist, dental lab technician, and many more. While the information contained on our page refers specifically to students who plan on applying to dental school to become a dentist, we are happy to meet with you to discuss alternate dental careers. As a starting point, the ADA has information on other careers in dentistry.
A great place for information about dental schools: American Dental Education Assocation Go Dental