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How to Become a Dentist

If you don't mind spending the day in other peoples' mouths, dentistry is the career for you.


  • Step 1: Take science classes Take chemistry, math, and other science classes in high school and maintain a high grade point average.
  • Step 2: Get an undergraduate degree Earn a college degree with pre-dental courses.
  • Step 3: Search for dental schools Look for dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and learn their admittance requirements.
  • Step 4: Take the Dental Admissions Test Pay the application fee and pass the Dental Admissions Test.
  • TIP: Follow all rules and regulations for the test; otherwise your scores may be voided and you'll have to wait two years to retest.
  • Step 5: Complete dental school Finish two years of classroom and lab work and two years of supervised clinical work.
  • Step 6: Obtain your license Take the appropriate exams in the state where you wish to practice dentistry. Before taking the test, find out the state licensing requirements.
  • FACT: The first evidence of dentistry appeared 9,000 years ago.

You Will Need

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Application fees
  • Passing test scores
  • A dental school degree
  • A state license to practice

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