Dentists (DDS, DMD) diagnose, prevent, and treat teeth and gum problems. They work directly with patients to remove decay, fill cavities, examine X-rays, place protective plastic sealants on teeth, straighten teeth, place dental implants, and repair fractured teeth. They also perform corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones to treat gum diseases. Dentists provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, use of fluorides, and other aspects of dental care. They also write prescriptions for antibiotics and use a variety of equipment, including X-ray machines, drills, and other dental instruments needed for teeth cleaning or corrective surgery. Dentists in private practice may also oversee a variety of administrative tasks, including bookkeeping and employing and supervising staff.
Where to Get Education
Eligible for licensure by examination after three years of postsecondary work and two or more years in specialty training.