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A career in dentistry involves more than filling cavities and pulling teeth. Dentists detect diseases, diagnose problems affecting teeth and mouth tissue, improve a patient's appearance, surgically restore tooth and gum health, and help prevent future problems. They also educate patients on ways to maintain a healthy mouth.

Most dentistry schools:

  • Require four years of college before they admit you to their program.
  • Require you to take the Dental Admission Test.

Typical pre-dentistry prerequisites

  • General chemistry (two semesters)
  • Organic chemistry (two semesters)
  • Biochemistry (one semester)
  • Physics (two semesters)
  • English (two semesters)
  • Biology (two to three semesters in zoology, embryology, or comparative anatomy)
  • Psychology (one semester)