Dentists, General

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Dentist, Family Dentist, General Dentist, Pediatric Dentist

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Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist; Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist; Dentist; Dentist, Dental Materials Science; Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR); Endodontist; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Facial Esthetics; Orthodontist; Prosthodontist
Comprehensive Dentist; Dental Corps Officer; Dental Specialist; Endodontist; General Dentist; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon; Oral Pathologist; Pediatric Dentist; Periodontist; Prosthodontist
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Advanced Dental Assistant; Comprehensive Dentist; Dental Hygienist; Dental Technician, Basic; Endodontist; Operative Dentist; Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon; Orofacial Pain Specialist; Pediatric Dentist; Prosthodontist
Dentist; Dentist, Advanced Clinical; Dentist, Comprehensive; Dentist, Dental Materials Science; Dentist, General Clinical; Dentist, Hospital Dentistry; Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR); Dentist, Public Health; Dentist, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD); Pediatric 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:
  • Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self 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.
  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.



  • medicine and dentistry


  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • biology


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


  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


Hand and Finger Use

  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • eClinicalWorks EHR software Hot Technology
  • Henry Schein Dentrix Hot Technology

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Office suite software

  • Microsoft Office software Hot Technology


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

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