The American Dental Education Association states: “Dentistry is the branch of the healing arts and sciences devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums, and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and adjacent structures. A dentist is a scientist and clinician dedicated to the highest standards of health through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases and conditions…dentists are highly sophisticated health professionals who provide a wide range of care that contributes enormously to the quality of their patients’ day-to-day lives by preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, malocclusion, and oral-facial anomalies. These and other oral disorders can cause significant pain, improper chewing or digestion, dry mouth, abnormal speech, and altered facial appearance. Dentists are also instrumental in early detection of oral cancer and systemic conditions of the body that manifest themselves in the mouth, and they are at the forefront of a range of new developments in cosmetic and aesthetic practices.”
For further information about dental medicine, visit the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Education Association.
Application service: Associated American Dental School Application Service
Standardized test: Dental Admission Test
American Dental Education Association Official Guide to Dental Schools:
The Official Guide to Dental Schools is the authoritative guide to dental education. This comprehensive, annually updated resource guide has been edited and published by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). The ADEA provides pre-dental students with both the most up-to-date information about dental schools in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, and the most useful insights into how to prepare for, apply to, and finance dental education.