What Does It Take to Become a Dentist? | Smiles Dental

What Does It Take to Become a Dentist?

For our team, there is nothing more rewarding than watching as our patients work toward healthy smiles that they feel comfortable showing off. Our entire highly-trained team is passionate about providing quality care to our patients through the Pacific Northwest. Today, we want to take a closer look at what it takes to become a dentist, from years spent in a classroom to exams and licensing.

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What Education Do You Need to Become a Dentist?

Generally, dentists spend eight years in school, but they never stop learning! While some students complete a three-year pre-dental program for an undergraduate degree, most earn a four-year bachelor’s degree. During their junior year, aspiring dentists have to take the Dental Admission Test. The American Dental Association administers this test, which covers four multiple-choice sections on natural science, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and perceptual ability.

Dental Degree

At dental school, dentists earn either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM). Both are recognized by state licensing boards, the only difference is the name! Occasionally, dentists who want to specialize in a certain kind of dentistry will attend additional years of school. Then, it’s time to take the National Board Dental Examination in order to become a practicing dentist.

At Smiles Dental, it’s no secret that we think a healthy mouth is one of the keys to a healthy person. This starts at home: a good oral hygiene routine should consist of brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing every day. Our team can help you maintain your oral health through professional cleanings and other preventive measures. For those looking for cosmetic and restorative procedures, we can help you work toward the smile you’ve always dreamed about.

Reach Out to Our Expert Team Today!

The Smiles Dental team is here to answer any questions you have, whether it’s about training, toothbrush type, an oral health issue, or anything else dental-related. Feel free to contact any one of our Washington or Oregon locations for some assistance.

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Discover the Smiles Dental difference today!

Are you ready for the happy, healthy smile of your dreams? When you choose Smiles Dental Services, you’re putting your smile in the hands of highly-trained professionals you can trust. Above all, we provide our patients with leading-edge dentistry that goes above and beyond to deliver high-quality results with a gentle, personal touch.

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The Smiles team is pleased to provide excellent dentistry in the Pacific Northwest. Contact the office nearest you today to learn more about what we can do for your smile!

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