What it is
Dentistry includes a variety of jobs that care for the teeth and gums. Dentistry can be related to other aspects of a patient’s healthcare. Dentists treat diseases and injuries of teeth, and they also may treat related nerves and other dental tissues. Dental hygienists clean and examine the mouth, head and neck to understand a patient’s oral health, and they may be responsible for taking X-rays, applying fluoride or taking on other dentistry duties. Cosmetic dentistry can affect the structure and appearance of the teeth and mouth.
What it's like
Dentistry jobs are typically in small offices, and most dentists own and operate their offices as small businesses. Most dentists work four or five days a week, and some provide special service to patients in evenings or on weekends. It is fairly common for an individual such as a dental assistant to have patient and office duties, such as getting the patient ready, setting up equipment and handling the dentistry records.
What it takes
Training to be a Dental Hygienist
Dental assistants, dental hygienists, dentists and related jobs in dentistry require training after high school. Dental assistants typically need one year of training. Dental laboratory technicians require two years of training. Dental hygienists need two years of training and a license issued from the state. To learn more, read about Mia's experience training to be a dental hygienist.
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