National Dentist's Day becoming a dentist

Happy National Dentist’s Day!

Sunday, March 6, is National Dentist’s Day! To celebrate, we want to give you a glimpse into what it takes to become a dentist.

What Does It Take to Become a Dentist?

She safeguards your mouth from the ravages of your sugar addiction. She helps you to keep your gums healthy and pink. She can even replace a lost tooth. How did your dentist get these superpowers?

A Dental Education

Most dental students begin with a 3 or 4 year Bachelor of Science degree before undergoing a rigorous application process for dental school. As in medical school, first and second year dental students complete biomedical science courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pathology. Third and fourth year dental students focus on clinical practice — diagnosing and treating oral diseases.

While they are ready to practice after 8 years, many dentists go on to receive speciality education and training, adding another 5-10 years of study for such specialties as endodontics and oral surgery. For example, Dr. Phane completed a residency at UF College of Dentistry Advanced Education in General Dentistry, gaining further experience working with occlusion, TMJ disorders, dental implants, periodontal surgeries, prosthodontics and endodontic procedures.

Why commit to so many years of school?

Simply put, dentists know that oral health matters. The World Health Organization acknowledges that there are links between oral health and cardiovascular health. Oral health is even essential to our self-confidence and perceived intelligence.

National Dentist’s Day is the perfect opportunity to thank your dentist for her commitment to her patients. Send a thank you message, or ask your dentist a question. After all, she loves your teeth!