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I am job shadowing a dentist. Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. Dentists must be licensed in all states; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license in most states, applicants must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass written and practical exams.
A Dentist is typically responsible for
- educating patients on oral healthcare;
- examining teeth and diagnosing patients' dental conditions by using tools such as x-rays;
- assessing treatment options and agreeing treatment plans with patients;
- carrying out agreed clinical treatments such as restoring teeth affected by decay and treating gum disease;
- maintaining patients' dental records;
- recruiting, training and managing staff;
- managing budgets and maintaining stocks of equipment;
- keeping abreast of new developments through structured continuing professional development (CPD);
- marketing services to potential clients.
A specialty in the dentist world is a periodontist. A periodontist specializes in the treatment of periodontal disease as well as other cosmetic or health issues relating to the soft tissue around teeth. The person I'm shadowing is a Periodontist.
The average pay for a dentist is $149,310 per year and $71.79 per hour. Most dentists own their own businesses and work alone or with a small staff.
Employment of dentists is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, making the Dentist Job Outlook better than the average for all occupations.
The aging population in the U.S. will provide a further boost to the Dentist Job Outlook. Many members of the baby-boom generation will need complicated dental work. In addition, because each generation is more likely to keep their teeth than past generations, more dental care will be needed in the years to come. Dentists will continue to see an increase in public demand for their services as studies continue to link oral health to overall health.
Sources - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Dentists.htm, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291021.htm, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/dentistry/index.html
Go to the link below to watch a video about dentists. http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/dentist/