I'm kind of scared.

Discussion in 'Dental' started by Tyler Reichard, Jan 13, 2014.

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  1. Tyler Reichard

    Tyler Reichard

    Dec 17, 2013
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm thankful that you took time out of your day to help me in this situation.

    I'm not very good in math... as of right now I'm in Academic Geometry in High School, although it's a 97%

    My overall QPA is a 3.6.. and I make honor role every 9 weeks.

    I've noticed in many posts online that to become a Dentist you HAVE to be great at math, and I don't believe I am.

    I've been confused lately on this whole thing. It's either a Dental Hygienist or a Dentist.

    I love this field with all my heart, I love the fact that I can help people and maybe ease their fear of the Dentist. I'd like to return that to the world.

    I'm just scared of failing..

    Please help...

    a desperate teenager,

    - Tyler
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  3. jeffity

    jeffity 7+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Good at math? That's crazy talk. You need to know enough to not suck up the QR section of the DAT. But even that will be different by the time you get there.
  4. Bereno

    Bereno Smoking Monkey 5+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Were are these posts you speak of that indicate the importance of maths?
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  5. yappy

    yappy 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    You need to be good enough at math to get good grades in general chemistry, stats, physics, and college level maths: calculus, trig, and algebra.

    The more you do math the better you get at it. People are not "good" or "bad" at math. "Bad at math" is a concept that we have become comfortable with because we deemed it socially acceptable. In truth people are bad at math because they don't put in the effort.

    In contrast, you'll find that it's rare an adult to openly admit they're "illiterate" or "bad at reading/spelling". think about that for a moment... it all comes down to study habits.

    If you put in the effort you will do just fine in math or any other subject needed to get into dental school. Once you're in dental school you'll rarely, if ever, use any math beyond basic functions.

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2014
  6. Tyler Reichard

    Tyler Reichard

    Dec 17, 2013
    Thanks everyone,

    Can anyone give me some advice on what I should do?

    What's the pros and cons of Dentist and or Hygienist.
  7. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

    May 5, 2012
    Huge difference in pay, responsibilities, and schooling. You have to see what you're cut out for, but it's too early to tell. Just keep doing what you're doing.
  8. sgv

    sgv ...crumbling 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    Even without you telling me, I could easily pick out who's a hygiene student and who's a dental student if I just talked to them or overheard them talking to each other for 1 minute.
  9. wb1

    wb1 2+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    My people will beat the crap out of me if I say that I am 'bad at math'.

    Tips: know some math rules (or at least know where to look up the info) then apply them by practice and practice....
  10. sgv

    sgv ...crumbling 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    you're gonna need some math skills to get past physics, DAT trig., and maybe calculus...
  11. Screwtape

    Screwtape 7+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Midwest, USA
    The only math you need in dental school: count to 32.
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  12. Tyler Reichard

    Tyler Reichard

    Dec 17, 2013
    I guess, I'm just nervous.

    My guidance counselor said that since my math skills are not very good, that I shouldn't get into the dental field because of the math. It kind of made me feel like crap inside.

    but anyways,

    thanks everyone.
  13. Bereno

    Bereno Smoking Monkey 5+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Sounds like a foolish guidance counselor. Hell, you are not even in college yet. Start there, and see how you progress. I can tell you from my experience (anecdotal only) that I did much better in college than I did in high school.
  14. LLUdental

    LLUdental 2+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2012

    Highschool GPA was 2.3
    My undergrad is 3.44

    You'll be fine.
  15. sgv

    sgv ...crumbling 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    Is anyone in need of clowns for birthday parties? I found a bunch hanging out at my high school's guidance counselor office.
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  16. sgv

    sgv ...crumbling 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    Me too!

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