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DENTIST: Mixing Health Care With Business & Art

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The typical day of a dentist involves examining patients, talking over options and treatment plans, drawing diagrams to fully explain procedures and giving referrals to specialists. At the end of the day, charts are written, letters from specialists are answered and x-rays are reviewed. Having an artistic eye and an understanding of the economy and insurance companies leads to a successful career as a dentist.

Degree: Dentistry
Job Title: Dentist
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Dentists, General

Job Description

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient's teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

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Residency

Additional Info

Dentists must be licensed in all states; requirements vary by state. In most states, a license requires a degree from an accredited dental school and passing a written and practical exam.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$70,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Leadership ability, Verbal communication skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Doctorate
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='490'>OK,</span> <span m='980'>my</span> <span m='1470'>first question</span> <span m='1960'>is,</span> <span m='2450'>what</span> <span m='2940'>do</span> <span m='3430'>you do</span> <span m='3920'>on a</span> <span m='4410'>typical</span> <span m='4900'>day or</span> <span m='5390'>week?</span> <span m='7840'>I</span> <span m='8330'>usually come</span> <span m='8830'>here</span> <span m='9210'>at</span> <span m='9525'>around</span> <span m='9840'>eight</span> <span m='10323'>o'clock.</span> <span m='10806'>Sometimes,</span> <span m='11289'>we have</span> <span m='11772'>earlier</span> <span m='12255'>patient</span> <span m='12738'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='13221'>here earlier.</span> <span m='14187'>My</span> <span m='14670'>job,</span> <span m='15153'>on</span> <span m='15636'>a</span> <span m='16119'>daily</span> <span m='16602'>basis,</span> <span m='18051'>doing</span> <span m='18534'>exams,</span> <span m='19500'>so</span> <span m='19983'>let people</span> <span m='20466'>know if</span> <span m='20960'>their teeth</span> <span m='21453'>are doing</span> <span m='21946'>OK</span> <span m='22440'>or not.</span> <span m='22934'>If not,</span> <span m='23428'>I</span> <span m='23922'>will</span> <span m='24416'>come up</span> <span m='24910'>with</span> <span m='25898'>a</span> <span m='26392'>list</span> <span m='26886'>of</span> <span m='27380'>diagnosis,</span> <span m='27874'>options</span> <span m='28368'>of</span> <span m='28862'>treatment,</span> <span m='29356'>so I</span> <span m='29850'>will do</span> <span m='30344'>a lot of</span> <span m='30838'>talking</span> <span m='31332'>to patients.</span> <span m='32320'>Sometimes,</span> <span m='32814'>I</span> <span m='33308'>need to</span> <span m='33802'>draw</span> <span m='34296'>pictures</span> <span m='34790'>so</span> <span m='35284'>patients</span> <span m='35778'>understand what it is.</span> <span m='36272'>Sometimes,</span> <span m='36766'>I</span> <span m='37260'>show</span> <span m='37754'>them</span> <span m='38248'>x-rays</span> <span m='38742'>and explain</span> <span m='39236'>to</span> <span m='39730'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='41212'>That's</span> <span m='41706'>part of</span> <span m='42200'>it,</span> <span m='42694'>and</span> <span m='43188'>another part</span> <span m='43682'>of it</span> <span m='44176'>is</span> <span m='44670'>I do a</span> <span m='45164'>lot of procedures,</span> <span m='46152'>so</span> <span m='46646'>everything</span> <span m='47140'>is</span> <span m='47634'>about</span> <span m='48128'>fixing</span> <span m='48622'>up a tooth.</span> <span m='49610'>So</span> <span m='50104'>sometimes,</span> <span m='51586'>there</span> <span m='52080'>are things</span> <span m='52574'>that I have to</span> <span m='53068'>refer patients</span> <span m='53562'>to a</span> <span m='54056'>specialist,</span> <span m='55044'>and</span> <span m='55538'>I will do,</span> <span m='56032'>and then</span> <span m='56526'>when they</span> <span m='57020'>come back,</span> <span m='57514'>I will</span> <span m='58008'>restore</span> <span m='58502'>their</span> <span m='58996'>teeth.</span> <span m='62454'>That's</span> <span m='62948'>mostly what</span> <span m='63442'>I</span> <span m='63936'>do</span> <span m='64450'>during</span> <span m='65180'>the</span> <span m='65330'>day,</span> <span m='65620'>and</span> <span m='65910'>at the</span> <span m='66399'>end of</span> <span m='66888'>the day,</span> <span m='67377'>I</span> <span m='67866'>write up</span> <span m='68355'>a lot of</span> <span m='68844'>charts.</span> <span m='69822'>And I</span> <span m='70311'>need to</span> <span m='70800'>remember</span> <span m='71289'>what I talk</span> <span m='71778'>about to</span> <span m='72267'>patients,</span> <span m='72756'>so I</span> <span m='73245'>will have</span> <span m='73734'>the full</span> <span m='74223'>documentation.</span> </p><p><span m='77160'>And</span> <span m='77360'>then</span> <span m='78080'>reading</span> <span m='78320'>letters</span> <span m='78650'>from</span> <span m='78980'>specialists</span> <span m='79467'>and</span> <span m='79954'>answering</span> <span m='80441'>them,</span> <span m='83850'>and</span> <span m='84337'>I usually</span> <span m='84824'>will review</span> <span m='85311'>the</span> <span m='85798'>x-rays</span> <span m='86285'>of the</span> <span m='86772'>day that</span> <span m='87259'>we took,</span> <span m='88233'>and</span> <span m='88720'>I</span> <span m='89207'>will look</span> <span m='89694'>them</span> <span m='90181'>up</span> <span m='90670'>again</span> <span m='91600'>thoroughly</span> <span m='91890'>and</span> <span m='92180'>check</span> <span m='92670'>everything,</span> <span m='93650'>make sure</span> <span m='94140'>that</span> <span m='94630'>I did</span> <span m='95120'>not</span> <span m='95610'>make a</span> <span m='96100'>mistake.</span> <span m='97570'>So</span> <span m='98060'>usually,</span> <span m='98550'>it's a</span> <span m='99040'>long</span> <span m='99530'>day.</span> <span m='101490'>And we</span> <span m='101980'>see</span> <span m='102470'>patients</span> <span m='102960'>from</span> <span m='103450'>8:00 to 5:00,</span> <span m='103940'>and usually,</span> <span m='104430'>I'll do this work</span> <span m='104920'>after</span> <span m='105410'>5:00.</span> <span m='105900'>And</span> <span m='106390'>sometimes,</span> <span m='106880'>we do</span> <span m='107370'>a lot of</span> <span m='107860'>lab work,</span> <span m='108350'>and those</span> <span m='108840'>are at</span> <span m='109330'>nighttime</span> <span m='109820'>as well.</span> </p><p><span m='111780'>Second question,</span> <span m='112270'>what was</span> <span m='112760'>your</span> <span m='113250'>career</span> <span m='113590'>or</span> <span m='113930'>educational</span> <span m='114345'>path,</span> <span m='115251'>school,</span> <span m='115742'>college,</span> <span m='116233'>[INAUDIBLE]?</span> <span m='118197'>Well,</span> <span m='119179'>myself,</span> <span m='120161'>I'm</span> <span m='120652'>an</span> <span m='121143'>immigrant</span> <span m='121634'>from</span> <span m='122125'>Hong</span> <span m='122616'>Kong,</span> <span m='123598'>so</span> <span m='124089'>I</span> <span m='124580'>got here</span> <span m='125071'>when I was</span> <span m='125562'>17.</span> <span m='126544'>So I</span> <span m='127035'>started</span> <span m='127526'>the last</span> <span m='128017'>year of</span> <span m='128508'>high school</span> <span m='128999'>here,</span> <span m='129981'>and</span> <span m='130472'>I</span> <span m='130963'>worked</span> <span m='131460'>very</span> <span m='131730'>hard</span> <span m='132223'>to</span> <span m='132716'>learn</span> <span m='133209'>English.</span> <span m='135674'>And then</span> <span m='136167'>it was</span> <span m='136660'>good,</span> <span m='138139'>and</span> <span m='138632'>I</span> <span m='139125'>got an</span> <span m='139618'>internship</span> <span m='141097'>here in</span> <span m='141590'>Davis</span> <span m='142083'>in</span> <span m='142576'>an</span> <span m='143069'>orthodontic</span> <span m='144055'>office</span> <span m='145534'>training.</span> <span m='146027'>I</span> <span m='146520'>got training</span> <span m='147013'>from</span> <span m='147506'>University</span> <span m='147999'>of the</span> <span m='148492'>Pacific</span> <span m='148985'>in</span> <span m='149478'>San</span> <span m='149971'>Francisco,</span> <span m='151943'>and</span> <span m='152436'>my</span> <span m='152929'>license</span> <span m='153422'>is</span> <span m='153915'>DDS.</span> <span m='155394'>My</span> <span m='155887'>previous</span> <span m='156380'>work,</span> <span m='158352'>I</span> <span m='158845'>was a</span> <span m='159338'>tutor,</span> <span m='159831'>I</span> <span m='160324'>worked</span> <span m='160817'>in</span> <span m='161310'>Carl's Junior,</span> <span m='161803'>I worked in</span> <span m='162296'>[? creating auto ?]</span> <span m='162790'>parts.</span> <span m='164367'>All</span> <span m='164854'>those</span> <span m='165341'>jobs were</span> <span m='165828'>before</span> <span m='166315'>I</span> <span m='166802'>entered</span> <span m='168263'>dental</span> <span m='168750'>school.</span> <span m='169724'>And</span> <span m='170211'>after</span> <span m='170698'>that,</span> <span m='171185'>I</span> <span m='171672'>didn't</span> <span m='172159'>work any</span> <span m='172646'>more</span> <span m='173133'>until I</span> <span m='173620'>graduated,</span> <span m='174107'>and then I</span> <span m='174594'>became a</span> <span m='175081'>dentist.</span> </p><p><span m='175568'>What</span> <span m='176055'>do you</span> <span m='176542'>wish you</span> <span m='177029'>knew when</span> <span m='177516'>you started</span> <span m='178003'>your career?</span> <span m='178490'>Any</span> <span m='178977'>advice,</span> <span m='179464'>suggestions?</span> <span m='184013'>I</span> <span m='184504'>think</span> <span m='184995'>before</span> <span m='185486'>you</span> <span m='185977'>decide</span> <span m='186468'>to become</span> <span m='186959'>a</span> <span m='187450'>dentist,</span> <span m='187941'>I</span> <span m='188432'>think</span> <span m='188923'>you</span> <span m='189414'>need some</span> <span m='189905'>artistic</span> <span m='190396'>skill.</span> <span m='191378'>It's</span> <span m='191869'>good</span> <span m='192360'>to know</span> <span m='192851'>about</span> <span m='193342'>color,</span> <span m='193833'>shape,</span> <span m='194324'>form.</span> <span m='196288'>Dentistry</span> <span m='196779'>is</span> <span m='197280'>really</span> <span m='197730'>the</span> <span m='198200'>combination</span> <span m='198693'>of</span> <span m='199186'>science</span> <span m='199679'>and art,</span> <span m='200172'>so</span> <span m='200665'>I</span> <span m='201158'>emphasize</span> <span m='201651'>that.</span> <span m='202637'>So</span> <span m='203130'>if you</span> <span m='203623'>can</span> <span m='204116'>take a course</span> <span m='204609'>about</span> <span m='205102'>painting,</span> <span m='205595'>drawing,</span> <span m='206088'>anything</span> <span m='206581'>like that,</span> <span m='207074'>I</span> <span m='207567'>think it</span> <span m='208060'>will help</span> <span m='208553'>you down the</span> <span m='209046'>line.</span> <span m='215455'>Suggestion</span> <span m='215948'>is</span> <span m='216441'>it's</span> <span m='216934'>not</span> <span m='217427'>an</span> <span m='217920'>easy</span> <span m='219892'>career</span> <span m='221371'>because</span> <span m='221864'>with</span> <span m='222357'>this economy,</span> <span m='222850'>there</span> <span m='223343'>has been</span> <span m='223836'>a lot of</span> <span m='224329'>changes</span> <span m='224822'>from</span> <span m='227287'>insurance</span> <span m='227780'>companies.</span> <span m='229259'>So</span> <span m='231730'>we</span> <span m='231940'>are</span> <span m='232310'>suffering</span> <span m='232575'>overall</span> <span m='235265'>because</span> <span m='235750'>we</span> <span m='236235'>try to</span> <span m='236720'>do a</span> <span m='237205'>really</span> <span m='237690'>good job</span> <span m='238175'>and our</span> <span m='238660'>overhead</span> <span m='239145'>is</span> <span m='239630'>very</span> <span m='240115'>big,</span> <span m='241085'>but</span> <span m='241570'>there has</span> <span m='242055'>been</span> <span m='242540'>a</span> <span m='243995'>lot of</span> <span m='244500'>changes</span> <span m='245385'>from</span> <span m='245860'>dental</span> <span m='246040'>insurance.</span> </p><p><span m='246780'>So</span> <span m='247080'>what</span> <span m='247380'>happened</span> <span m='247680'>is</span> <span m='247980'>the</span> <span m='248280'>same</span> <span m='248580'>patients</span> <span m='251880'>are</span> <span m='252180'>coming</span> <span m='252480'>in</span> <span m='253380'>with</span> <span m='253680'>less</span> <span m='253980'>fee,</span> <span m='255180'>and</span> <span m='255480'>it's a</span> <span m='255780'>big</span> <span m='256080'>adjustment</span> <span m='256380'>from</span> <span m='256680'>our</span> <span m='256980'>part,</span> <span m='257280'>and I</span> <span m='257580'>think</span> <span m='257880'>all</span> <span m='258180'>the</span> <span m='258480'>dental</span> <span m='258780'>offices</span> <span m='259380'>are</span> <span m='259680'>trying</span> <span m='259980'>to hang</span> <span m='260280'>in</span> <span m='260580'>there.</span> <span m='261480'>We</span> <span m='261780'>are</span> <span m='262080'>hoping</span> <span m='262380'>for</span> <span m='263280'>better</span> <span m='263580'>changes,</span> <span m='264780'>but at</span> <span m='265080'>this point,</span> <span m='265380'>it's</span> <span m='265680'>tough.</span> <span m='266880'>And</span> <span m='268080'>for</span> <span m='268380'>the</span> <span m='268680'>newcomer,</span> <span m='268980'>it</span> <span m='269280'>will</span> <span m='269580'>be</span> <span m='269880'>tougher</span> <span m='270180'>because</span> <span m='270480'>they have</span> <span m='270780'>more</span> <span m='271080'>restrictive</span> <span m='271380'>rules</span> <span m='272580'>applying on</span> <span m='272880'>them.</span> <span m='273480'>So</span> <span m='273780'>I</span> <span m='274080'>think</span> <span m='274380'>it's</span> <span m='274680'>important</span> <span m='274980'>for</span> <span m='275280'>people</span> <span m='275580'>to know.</span> <span m='277080'>But</span> <span m='277380'>overall,</span> <span m='277680'>I'm</span> <span m='278280'>very</span> <span m='278580'>grateful</span> <span m='280080'>to have</span> <span m='280380'>this</span> <span m='280680'>career,</span> <span m='283380'>and</span> <span m='283680'>it's</span> <span m='283980'>the</span> <span m='284280'>best</span> <span m='284580'>investment</span> <span m='284880'>of</span> <span m='285180'>my</span> <span m='285480'>life</span> <span m='286380'>to</span> <span m='286680'>go</span> <span m='286980'>to</span> <span m='287280'>dental</span> <span m='287580'>school.</span> <span m='288180'>So</span> <span m='288480'>thank you.</span> <span m='288780'>I</span> <span m='289080'>hope you</span> <span m='289380'>guys have</span> <span m='289680'>a great</span> <span m='289980'>future.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167896,"video_id":"2700427734001","name":"124312258","duration":292330,"thumbnail_url":null}});