Survival Tips For Dental School

survival tips for dental schoolYou made it to dental school!  Congratulations! You’ve worked very hard to get to this point and will need to continue to work hard to earn your degree. It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it.  Here are some survival tips for dental school to help you get through that first year and more.

Time management – This is one of the most important lessons and it is a crucial to stay on top of your studies while still maintaining your personal life.

Organization – Being organized is a huge component of success. Plan ahead and always be aware of your schedule.  Keep a calendar to mark down important dates such as exams and quizzes.

Set time aside for yourself – While you will be busy, it is important to set aside time for yourself so you don’t burn out. Set one evening a week to enjoy time with friends or other activities to help you recharge.

Study effectively – Change up the way you study based on the class and its material.  Take notes, draw pictures, make charts. Cater toward your personal learning style.

Always be professional – You never know how important the connections you make now will become later in your career, so always act professionally.

Keep your body healthy and fit – Get a good night’s sleep.  Eat healthy foods, and make sure you eat!  You will be busy, but it is important to keep your body healthy.

Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your peers, professors, or school administration if you need it. Everyone is there to help you!

Get involved – Enhance your leadership and teamwork capabilities, by getting involved in extracurricular activities. For example, get involved in ASDA to help you get your foot in the door.

Follow these tips and make the best of your dental school years!

8 Tips On Surviving Your First Year Of Dental School|ASDA Blog

Start Your Own Dental Practice

start your own dental practiceOnce you have graduated from dental school, you have the option to either work for another dentist, buy an established dental practice, or to start your own dental practice. In an article from The Houston Chronicle, they provide tips on the best way to start your own dental practice.

According to statistics, three out of four dentists in America operate their own private dental practice. Some of the steps that are required when starting your own practice are applying for a license in your state, visit an established practitioner for advice, select a location for your practice, and purchase the necessary dental equipment for your business.

Read more about each of these steps and read two more important tips in the article here:  How to Start Your Own Dental Practice | Chron.com

Become An Orthodontist

orthodontistAn orthodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in dentofacial orthopedics and orthodontics. They are qualified to bring teeth, lips and jaws into alignment. They use dental braces and other orthodontic appliances to realign and straighten teeth for functional or cosmetic reasons. You may want a career in orthodontics.  Here are some things to consider.

Orthodontists make an average salary of $200,000. This is much higher than a general dentist.  They are rewarded by helping people and feel good about improving patients smiles.  They are respected members of the community.

There is a lot of schooling and training required to become an orthodontist.  Before  applying to dental school to become a dentist, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree. Next you will be required to complete dental school to become a doctor of dental medicine.  Lastly, you will go to more school to get a post doctorate in orthodontics.  All this schooling usually takes 8 to 12 years.

How To Become An Orthodontist|Mouth And Teeth

Prepare For Dental School While In College

prepare for dental schoolThere are ways that you can prepare for dental school while you are in college. On “How To Become A Dentist” blog, they list some of the best ways to do this.

One way is to take pre dental programs.  Many universities offer pre dental programs for people who are thinking about a dental career.  Dentists often visit these classes so that you can ask questions.

If your college doesn’t offer pre dental classes, call some local dentists and shadow them.  Volunteer to help out so you can get an idea of what goes on at a dental office.

You may be eligible for early acceptance.  Some dental schools offer early acceptance programs with local universities.

Lastly, try your hardest to get good grades while in college.  Especially in your science classes like biology, chemistry, physics, math and statistics. This will help you in your dental school acceptance.

Prepare for Dental School in College | How to Become A Dentist.

You Can Prepare For Dental School While Still In High School

It’s never too soon to start preparing for a dental career. There are many ways you can prepare for dental school while your still in high school.

prepare for dental schoolYou can shadow a dentist – This is when you go in and watch a dentist as they work.  Most dentists will allow this and it is a great opportunity for you to learn about the environment and if it might be the career for you. It’s a good idea to keep track of the hours that you spend shadowing because it will look good on your dental application.

Another thing you can do is attend a health high school. They offer classes like medical technology, diagnostic services, patient care, medical administration, clinical rotation, dental sciences and more.

Take science and math classes in high school.  If you can take AP classes and concentrate on your grades.

To read about other ways you can prepare for dental school in high school see the article here: Prepare for Dental School in High School | How to Become A Dentist.