Dentistry in America

Dentists in America contribute to the vital need of hygiene and comfort in today’s fast, demanding world.  Dentists come in many varieties specializing based on certain needs. Pediatric dentists focus primarily on younger children and are trained in dealing with a child’s mouth.  Orthodontists work to straighten teeth using many methods, however, braces is the most common technique.  Orthodontists may use a dentist list to find customers.  Oral surgeons specialize in treating diseases of the mouth and faults in bone structure. They also work with damaged jaws, cheek bones, and other facial structures.  Periodontists are another class of dentists who focus on treating gum disease, they use a dentist list to acquire patients.

All dentists complete some form of school or another.  Potential dentists must complete at least two years of undergraduate school to be eligible to apply to dental school; however, most applicants have completed a bachelor’s degree.  They may keep a dentist list to chart their progress towards a degree.  Students must complete the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) to apply to any of the 56 accredited dental schools. A dentist list allows students to see what colleges they may apply to. Accreditation is performed by the American Dental Association.  Dental school lasts four years and can be very competitive to be accepted.  Dental specialists such as orthodontists and oral surgeons must complete an additional two years of specialty training.  Periodontists must complete three additional years in order to practice.

Dentistry around the world varies depending on the economic status of a country.  Dental therapists exist around the world performing many of the same procedures done by dentists.  However in the United States it is illegal for anyone but a dentist to drill teeth because of the irreversible consequences accomplished.  Those in authority may use a dentist list to monitor therapists.  In Taiwan, dental school takes place during the undergraduate years.  However, instead of studying for four years like most undergraduate degrees, Taiwanese students must study for six years in order to receive their DDS.  An entrance level test is required by applicants where only the top 3% scoring receive admission to the seven schools.  In Canada there are about 14,000 dentists compared to 140,000 in the United States. The United States has about ten times as many dentists as Canada, affecting a dentist list in many ways. In some provinces children receive free dentistry paid by the national government.  In the Netherlands children receive free dental work and most adults receive some sort of compensation.  Elderly citizens who have more expensive needs can also receive compensation.  In Israel there are only two dental schools, one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv.    Iran also has programs which last six years for students.  There are 15 dental schools in Iran.  After graduating, men may need to fulfill two years of service in the military.

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