A pediatric dentist career involves adapting techniques and procedures used in general dentistry to provide oral healthcare to children. As a pediatric dentist, you will treat infants, children and adolescents while also providing preventative education to patients and parents.
Pursuing pediatric dentistry is a challenging road, but it results in a rewarding career!
The Pediatric Dentistry Career Path
Pediatric dentistry is a great career for mixing a passion for helping others with a love of working with kids!
To succeed in a pediatric dental career:
- You must first earn a bachelor’s degree. It is important to concentrate on coursework in science fields such as chemistry, biology and physics.
- After earning your bachelor’s degree, you need to obtain a DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental school. In order to successfully apply to dental school, you must first pass the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
- After receiving your DDS or DMD degree, you must complete a postgraduate pediatric dentistry residence program.
- To become licensed, all dentists must pass both parts of the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE). You may have to complete a state-level specialty exam to earn your license as a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists can also seek voluntary certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Career Outlook for Pediatric Dentists
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that dentists will see an 18% increase in career opportunities between 2014 and 2024.
As for pay expectations, the average pediatric dentist salary was around $238,887 in November 2018.
Connect with a Hunter & Spence Dental Career Consultant to learn more about beginning a rewarding career as a pediatric dentist!
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