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Dentistry Overview


For more information on careers in this field, see the list on the right. For salary ranges, schooling requirements and more, check out the Career Explorer.

Advances in dental research, including genetic engineering, the discovery of links between oral and systemic diseases, the development of salivary diagnostics and the continued development of new materials and techniques, make dentistry an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. Today's dentists are highly sophisticated health professionals who provide a wide range of oral health care that contributes to the general health and quality of their patients' lives. They are at the forefront of a range of new developments in dental implants, computer-generated imaging and cosmetic and aesthetic procedures.

Dentists are instrumental in the early detection of oral cancer and systemic conditions that manifest in the mouth. They also can serve as first responders in the event of a large-scale health emergency. 


GoDental is the official resource for those on the path to dentistry and other oral health careers. GoDental’s mission is to guide students through the process of becoming a dental professional by providing helpful resources and networking opportunities to its members. GoDental gathers information directly from its sponsor, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and its constituents in the dental education community.

The site offers members the opportunity to interact with the rest of the dental community through discussion topics, social media, blogs and videos. To start participating in the discussion, become a GoDental member today. Also, be sure to follow GoDental on Facebook and Twitter for updates about internship opportunities, events and dental education news.

Free Webinar About Dentistry for High School Students

ADEA is sponsoring a free webinar about dentistry, Jumpstart Your Dental Career in High School, on Tuesday, October 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Receive tips and guidance from the experts about what you should be doing right now to prepare for an exciting career in dentistry. The panelists include a current dental student, dental school admissions officer and recently graduated high school student.

Registering for this webinar will only take a minute, and it will take you one step further in your journey to a successful dental career.

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Join predental and dental students nationwide for the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Predental Week on Feb. 21-27. Chapters and predental clubs are invited to participate and can earn incentives for their recruitment efforts. During the week, ASDA will share resources and events for predental members. ASDA will host two free webinars on scholarship and loan repayment programs and hot topics in dentistry. Predentals that join ASDA during that week will be eligible for prizes, including an Apple iPad mini, $250 Best Buy gift card and $100 Amazon gift card. For more information and to join, go to or contact Learn more about ...