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How to Get a Job as a Dentist

Before you begin pounding the pavement, Howell suggests visiting a dental school when you’re still a prospective dental student to ask about the requirements for acceptance. She also recommends visiting the association’s website for its resources for students and job searchers. Spending some time working as a dental assistant could also be beneficial, since you’ll learn through doing about bedside manner.

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Most dentists work full-time schedules, and many work in private practices. As such, Howell says those thinking of taking this avenue should remember that there’s a business aspect to the profession. In plain speak, dentists need to balance patient care with turning a profit. “I think most dentists want to see patients most of the time and not worry about the business aspect. But the business aspect is a key part of being successful … you can’t ignore any part,” she says.

Another part that can’t be ignored about dentistry: teamwork. “The most rewarding part is everybody on the team doing what they need to do to give the patient what they need, so they’re happy,” Howell says. “That’s the best part – everybody working in tandem. We all have different roles within the office, and everybody is doing their job. It’s not work. It’s fun. It’s just like any other team.”

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