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Dentists, General

Also called: Dentist, General Dentist, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Associate Dentist

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: Dentist

What they do:
Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.
On the job, you would:
  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
  • Use masks, gloves and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • biology
  • psychology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • AlphaDent
  • DentiMax
Spreadsheet software
Accounting software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$146,340
per year, on average
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