Children’s dentists work with young people from infants to age 18. Children’s dentists can also accept patients with special needs. Children need proper oral health care to enjoy a healthy, pain-free smile that will follow them into adulthood. A children’s dentist can help prevent tooth decay, and educate children and caregivers about the importance of good oral care.
Research the pediatric dentistry pre-dental schools and collect brochures from various pre dental schools. Read all about pre-dental schools online and in person. Narrow the choice of pediatric dentistry pre-dental schools to three to five schools. Make an appointment with each school to discuss the possibility of attending the school. Bring a voice recorder or notepad and pen to record information about the school. Apply to the chosen pediatric pre dental schools.
Earn a college degree in pre-dental science and medicine. Pre-dental requirements for science include biology, biochemistry, physics, and chemistry. Focus the degree on science and medicine to get the most out of what will be learned. Continue to earn a four year undergraduate degree before heading off to dental school.
Earn a Master of Science in pediatric dentistry. This masters degree will help a children’s dentist to focus specifically on pediatric dentistry. Receive the specialized training and education needed to become a successful children’s dentist. This may take up to three years or more. Learn how to work with children, learn about becoming a children’s dentist, how children’s teeth and gums stay healthy, and what to expect in the day to day life as a children’s dentist.
Earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) in Dentistry School. Determine where to go to dental school, what the requirements are for applying, keep the cost in mind, and apply to the top three choices. The requirements for application at most dental schools are a completion of one year of biology, three semesters of Chemistry, one year of English, one semester of Calculus, and one year of Physics. This varies from school to school, so do some research for the top three dental schools while earning a four year undergraduate degree.
Intern as a children’s dentist during the second year in dental school. Find a local children’s dentist to volunteer to earn hands-on experience. Volunteer as long as possible to gain children’s dental experience. The school schedule will determine how much time can be spent volunteering as a children’s dentist, but at least four hours a week should be spent volunteering.
Line up a Pediatric Dental Career
Prepare for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and apply for the test. It is required that the necessary coursework is completed before the date of the DAT test.
Ask for a letter of recommendation from professors and dental professionals. A letter of recommendation will help a children’s dentist find an internship. Prepare to graduate from dental school with a career lined up as a children’s dentist. In the senior year set up a mock interview with the school counselor or professor to help get prepared for the interview. Set up real interviews with children’s dentist businesses in the area to get work.