Advice for High School Students Who Want to Be Dentists

Christopher C. Babcock MD, DMD, is an experienced dentist with about two decades of experience. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he performs dental implant surgeries, dental extractions, wisdom teeth removal, and oral pathology procedures for patients. Christopher C. Babcock became a dentist after studying at the University of Louisville from 1993 to 2003.

If you want to become a dentist after high school, there are many things you should do to make the process easy for yourself. The first and arguably the most important is to find out more about the line of work. You can achieve this by talking to a dentist or shadowing one at their office to get a better grasp of what you’re going for.

After that, it helps to have a post-secondary degree in science. Subjects like anatomy, biology, chemistry, pharmacology, etc. will be required on the way to becoming a dentist. The science subjects in high school will let you know whether you do appreciate some of the topics covered in dental school. However, don’t be disheartened if biology isn’t your strong suit; there are many dentists who majored in other non-science disciplines.

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