The dental profession offers many career options combining science
and technology with helping people enhance and maintain oral health.
Start planning for a dental career! You can choose to become a dentist, or one of the valued members of the dental team:
dental hygienist, dental assistant or dental laboratory technician. Regardless of the dental career you are considering, find out everything you
can about it to determine if it is a good fit for you. You might also consider
job shadowing at a local dentist's office.
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Would you like an opportunity to join one of the most respected profession in
the country? Provide a needed health service? Use artistic talent as well as
scientific knowledge? Create healthy smiles? Own your own business? If so, then
a career as a dentist may be right for you.
The future looks bright for the profession of dentistry. New information
about the relationship of oral health to overall health makes dentistry an
important health profession for the future.
As well, large numbers of dentists are projected to retire in the next 20
years, and new dentists will be needed in private practice, as teachers and
researchers, and in public health dentistry.
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Dentist Online Resources
Dental hygienists work with dentists in the delivery of dental care to
patients. Hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental
hygiene care for patients. They use their interpersonal skills to motivate and
instruct patients on methods to prevent oral disease and to maintain oral
Hygienist Online Resources
In addition to assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures, other
specific tasks dental assistants may perform include taking and developing
dental radiographs (x-rays), sterilizing instruments and equipment and taking
impressions of patients' teeth.
Assistant Online Resources
Dental Laboratory Technician
Since each dental patient's specific needs are different, the duties of a
dental technician are comprehensive and varied. Technicians work with a variety
of materials, as well as sophisticated instruments and equipment, to create
dental prostheses (replacements for damaged or missing tooth structure).
Lab Tech Online Resources
Missouri ACES Program
Missouri Area Health Education Centers ACES Program
For Missouri high school students in grades 9-12 interested in pursuing a career in general dentistry or dental hygiene, the AHEC Career
Enhancement Scholars (ACES) Program develops one-on-one relationships for
students, their parents and communities to create a
comprehensive statewide pipeline, funneling students into primary healthcare
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