What is Dental Medicine?
According to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), 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. The dental profession includes not only those who provide direct patient care, but those who teach, conduct research, and work in public and international health. There are 65 accredited American dental schools. Graduates from these programs will earn either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. It takes 4 years of dental school to attain the doctoral degree.
The Preparing for a Medical, Dental, Veterinary, and Optometry Career guidebook covers all aspects of being a pre-dental student at Wheaton.